Rudolf Polanszky: Eidola

Since the mid-1970s, Rudolf Polanszky has created a multifaceted oeuvre in a range of media that extends from conceptual film, video, and photography to drawing and painting, sculptural objects, and assemblages. His art is informed by the intentional and even methodical integration of the accidental. Of particular significance is the incorporation of materials that show traces of usage or have been exposed to the elements: they in a sense encourage the artist to abdicate control over the emergence of form and undercut his constructive-creative will.

Polanszky’s fascination with scientific explanatory models in conjunction with his skepticism of an ostensibly imperturbable logic’s claim to interpret the world has prompted the artist to devise various schemes of comprehension. Guided by the idea of renouncing the making of meaning, they manifest themselves in intuitively constructed objects the artist sees as tentative embodiments of mental-linguistic formations. Hence Polanszky’s keen interest in simulacra and phantasms. Against the principle of determinacy he posits a kind of “hypothetical interim” meant to remind the beholder of the mutability of structures.



Friedrichstraße 12
1010 Wien

Current Dates

  • Fri. 20 Apr 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 21 Apr 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 22 Apr 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.