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The bird of self-knowledge : folk art and current artists' positions
Brückner, Wolfgang, 1930-
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Zurich ; New York : Stemmle, 1998.
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151 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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"Published in conjunction with the exhibition ... presented at the Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum Innsbruck, from June 27 to October 26 1998, and the symposium "Schnittpunkte zeitgenössischer Kunst - Volkskunst" at the ORF Landesstudio Tirol, October 9 and 10, 1998"--Colophon.
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Central Library N5313 .B57 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Twenty-five contemporary artists invade a space normally devoted to the display of Austrian folk art and contribute inventive and interventive works in response to it.

The painting The Bird of Self-Knowledge is the central motif for an exhibition of the same name. Twenty-five contemporary artists were invited to create a work in response to the place where it would be installed in a folk art museum. The result is a provocative dialogue between the current artists' positions and the anonymous cultural heritage already in place. The new works investigate traditional concepts of folk and contemporary art while developing new approaches to anonymous popular culture.

Table of Contents

Peter WeiermairWolfgang BrucknerJean-Hubert MartinSaul OstrowMarie-Louise von PlessenBeat Wyss
Introductionp. 6
Platesp. 9
Folk Art and Modernismp. 113
Perspectives on the Past: Artists and Objectsp. 117
The Cultural Politics of Preservationp. 123
Folk and Art = Folk Art? Remarks on the Fringe Areasp. 129
On Self-Knowledge: Art as the Heiress of Alchemyp. 131
Artists' Biographiesp. 139
Authors' Biographiesp. 149

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