Mara Mattuschka, Messerschmidt 2, 2018. Gottwald Desala, Vienna © Bildrecht, Vienna 2019.
Fury, fear, lust – depictions of psychological extremes still exert a fascination on artists and viewers today. But in our “facial society,” what remains a valid form of (self-)portrait beyond the realm of Facebook and selfies? Using Messerschmidt’s famous Character Heads as a springboard, the exhibition at the Orangery takes a head on look at the human face.
(Photo by Armin Plankensteiner.)