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Adam Ulen and his work Chattering Teeth
Image: Kienberger, Diocese of Linz
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A life-size sculpture welcomes visitors to the Ursulinenkirche in Linz. Startled, you step back: Anyone who steps too close to someone smiling like the Dalai Lama reaps chattering teeth. “Chattering Teeth” by Adam Ulen is one of five works with which the Diözesankunstverein invites you to “Art in Lent” under the motto “Memento Mori” (remember death) until Good Friday, this time together with the University of Art and Design Linz on the occasion of their 50th year anniversary. On the circular route, curated by Martina Gelsinger (Diocese of Linz) and Anja Ellenberger (Art University Linz), which leads from the crypt to the attic, final works by students and works by prizewinners of the Diocesan Art Association Linz (2018-2022) can be seen. They all trace the fragility of creation, ecological change, but also the Corona period.

The world in the crypt hangs by a thread: Ruth Größwang processed pressed forest plants into a filigree globe. Her work “Symbiotic Matter” traces the symbiosis in the forest ecosystem from which humans have alienated themselves.

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In front of the organ gallery, Martina Jäger invites you to trace the “resonance as the essence of human life” – based on the resonance theory of the sociologist Hartmut Rosa – in a graphic print. Hands that touch each other and at the same time seem to keep each other at a distance are reminiscent of longing for and fear of closeness during the Corona period. The artist interviewed people from Linz about the latter and incorporated the experiences into 26 short stories.

The attic has been transformed into a darkroom: Equipped with flashlights, an experiment by Moritz Matschke awaits you. For 72 hours in artificial darkness in the tower room in the Mariendom he drew his inner vision of the city lying at his feet. Watching a church being torn down is oppressive: Christel Kiesel de Miranda calls her sculptural room installation “Ende Gelände” with which she addresses the consequences of lignite mining in her home country of Lusatia. The church tower collapsing in slow motion in the video only gives an idea of ​​what it might mean for residents when their place is sacrificed to industry.

A Lenten veil as a collective embroidery invites you to pause in the chapel in the bishop’s courtyard: for several weeks, Cécile Belmont invited interested parties to joint embroidery meetings and discussions about God and the world.

Info: Today, 6 p.m.: Conversation with the curators and artists; 7 p.m.: Ash Wednesday liturgy with music by JS Bach (tenor Karl Brandstötter, organist Anton Reinthaler) and opening. Guided tours from tomorrow to April 6th on Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and by appointment: 0732 / 2440 11-4571

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