Until June 17, 2012 – LehmbruckMuseum
Fabián Marcaccio, born in Rosario de Santa Fe in Argentina in 1963, has been living and working in New York for more than twenty years. He became known in Germany, first and foremost, for his solo exhibitions at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2000), the Kunstverein Köln (2001) and for his participation in the Documenta XI (2002).
Since the early 1990s Fabián Marcaccio is concerned with questioning and expanding the classical concept of painting. In his “Paintaints” – a neologism formed from the terms “painting” and “mutant” – the concepts of painting, sculpture and object art are fused. The continually increasing sculptural tendency of his works has been recently condensed into large figurative tableaus, “Structural Canvas Paintants”, due to whose outstanding sculptural quality he was awarded the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture. In his new group of works Marcaccio seizes on contemporary subjects from politics, economy and society. Among them are globalisation, bank crashes, transsexuality, genetic engineering and terrorism as well as the role of the media. In “CNN-Paintant”, for example, he shows the frazzled body of a reporter working for the Cable News Network that lies on the floor and thus points to the never-ending infotainment culture of war, blood and horror that informs our visual everyday life. Like in a kind of modern history painting, Marcaccio tells about contemporary historical moments or events but asks his spectators to question their verisimilitude.