Klaus Pinter appreciates unusual places for his contemporary installations. Through his art he adds a new interpretation to the given, creates unusual spatial experiences in old locations.
After many years of abstinence from Vienna, he has now chosen the Theseus Temple as the place in which to realise one of his spatial installations famous throughout Europe.
Pinter, one of the co-founders of the legendary Hausrucker & Co, a 1970`s city design group, aims to intervene with his art, and to irritate the traditional view of classical antiquity with colours, ornaments and writing.
In 1997, a similar project at the Akademisches Kunstmuseum of the University of Bonn in Germany by the artist, whose international exhibitions from Vienna to Paris, from Cairo to St. Petersburg have made him famous, attracted a great deal of attention.
Where Canovas Theseus used to stand, Pinter has placed the statue of Isis-Demeter a Roman copy of a Hellenistic Isis-Demeter type by its monumentality, but also its fragmentary state, mother and goddess of vegetation the same time, she is brought to life in a new and unexpected way. Function and original aim of the goddess are of no interest here. In this context, Isis is an icon making the antique world more apparent; in Pinters veiled rather than pointed staging she attracts all the attention, and calms it.
7 May 1999
to 6 June 1999