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Osvaldo Romberg: “Theater of Transparency”

11 Jul - 27 Sep 2009

An installation at the ZKM_Museum Balcony
Opening Sat 11 July at 4 p.m. in the exhibition

“Theater of Transparency” is the title of an installation by the Argentinean artist Osvaldo Romberg. At the centre of the work are his videos the protagonists of which are puppets.

From Paradise to Paradise: A Hypertext about Love (1997–2003)
“Out of Paradise into Paradise” focuses on the evolution of love between the two plastic humanoids Carlos and Isadora. During the course of the history of suffering, of lies deceit and perdition, the connection between love and guilt dissolves and the portal to paradise opens.

Jesus de Buenos Aires (2006)
The video shows a transformation of the passion of Christ. This time however the “inquisitors” are Jacques Lacan and Sigmund Freud. To the sound of tango music and accompanied by pictures by Giotto and Pasolini, Jesus assumes the guise of a revolutionary who reappears as Che Guevara.

Romeo & Julieta According to Romeo (2008)
The work treats the ultimate love story of William Shakespeare from the perspective of the Argentinean macho Romeo. In the end Romeo and Juliet decide against mutual suicide and unite to become a single hermaphrodite entity. Charlie Chaplin plays the role of Romeo, while Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth personify Juliet.
Born in Buenos Aires the painter, media and concept artist Osvaldo Romberg lives and works in New York, Philadelphia and Isla Grande, Brazil. He has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the world. His work “Mikve at Masada” could be recently viewed as part of the exhibition “Medium Religion.”

Curated by Peter Weibel


Tags: Osvaldo Romberg, Peter Weibel