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Interview: Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg

Interviews | August 31, 2018 |

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergFrom the left: Barabara Leitner-Szapary, Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg, Luca Curci | Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg

A talk between Luca Curci, the Director of Surfaces Festival, and the artist Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg, during his solo exhibition “Between time” part of PLACES event, the second appointment of Surfaces Festival, at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space in Venice, moderated by the artist’s curator Marilena Streit-Bianchi.

Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg is an Austrian painter, whose apprenticeship started in 1970. After having studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, he had his first solo exhibition at the Otto Bevyl art gallery in Linz. Since 1986, he lives and works in Wolfsbach, travelling around the world to exhibit his works.
For Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg the venetian exhibition has started in Austria just a few weeks before the opening of PLACES, since he presented his works in a venetian palace in Salaberg, in the north of the Alps. Now, it continues here.

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-Grundberg From the left: Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg and Luca Curci | 
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Luca Curci
– Dear Marilena, thank you very much for participating in this exhibition. First of all, I’d like to know which are the reasons why you decided to bring here the art of Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg.
Marilena Streit-Bianchi Thank you Mr Curci. The first reason why he’s here is simple: the techniques Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg uses for his creations define a style that can’t be categorized easily, as well as the concept of your exhibition, that can’t be classified with a single work. The second reason regards the fact that your exhibition can be a place where you can think, and this is very important for what he wants to express through his artworks: today everything is consumed very quickly and nobody takes time to think; it’s a sort of liquid modernity, where everything flows. But in this place, people can stop to appreciate every single detail restrained in his paintings. The third reason is the concept itself of the festival: with his artworks, Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg tries to reproduce a reality where the space-time and the vision are joined together, allowing you to approach another dimension where what was not visible becomes suddenly clear. This new level has a cathartic effect because it makes the viewer perceive things in a deeper way, enabling him/her to see the beauty of the existence.

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergFrom the left: Luca Curci, Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg, Barabara Leitner-Szapary, Marilena Streit-Bianchi

Luca Curci – My second question is for Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg and mostly, is a personal curiosity: where do you find your inspiration?

Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg My first inspiration came from a present that was given to me: a gold coin. I was so fascinating from it, that I used to go alone into a room and look at it for hours; it was like I was slipped into another dimension. But I acknowledged that this was the way I wanted to express myself when I was in my 20’s: I went to visit a museum in Vienna and there was a room completely dedicated to Tiziano; I was thoroughly absorbed by “Ninfa e Pastore”, I felt in the Renaissance but in a present moment. It’s quite difficult to explain, but I will never forget that moment.

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-Grundberg PLACES exhibition – the opening day | 
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LC – Why do you work on canvas and on furnitures?

RLG – Because old furnitures bring us out of the dimension of time. The time, as we conceived it, with a beginning and a conclusion, has no meaning: it is instead, a continuum, a unicity. Furthermore, they enrich the visitors’ experience and they help them to go inside my works.

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergRudolf Leitner-Gruendberg | 
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LC – What about dimensions? I noticed, on your personal catalogue as well, that you paint on big canvas: is there a particular reason?

RLG – Of course: I want to express my vision and I need big canvas to do it; the frame are painted either because they are not conceived as borders but as a continuum of my vision.

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergFrom the left: Luca Curci and Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg | 
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LC – Because I can feel a strong energy from your works, can I ask how do you feel while you’re painting?

RLG – When I’m painting, I feel like I’m in the middle of a conversation, a dialogue with the canvas and I don’t know how long it will last. It’s an instinctive process, an explosion of my essence and energy.

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergFrom the left: Luca Curci and Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg | 
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LC – Last but not least, which is the concept of “Das Gesetz”?

RLG – “Das Gesetz” is the concentration of my vision. Infact, in this work, the soul, represented by the circle, reaches its highest form where it’s borderless, it’s floating. This dimension brings the spirit to freedom, represented by the color, that gives you the idea of illumination.

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergRudolf Leitner-Gruendberg | 
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Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergPLACES exhibition – the opening day | 
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Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergPLACES exhibition – the opening day | Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group

Interview: Rudolf Leitner-GrundbergFrom the left: Rudolf Leitner-Gruendberg and Luca Curci | 
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Interview: Rudolf Leitner-Grundberg

“Die Einheit der Zeit” | Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group

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