Muntean / Rosenblum

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Untitled (We are afraid...), 2012
oil on canvas
180,5 x 220,5 cm

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Untitled (Perhaps only people who are...), 2012
oil on canvas
91,5 x 68,5 cm

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Untitled (She had learned the worst lesson…), 2012
crayon and cut out on paper
42 x 59,4 cm

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Untitled (Being alone has nothing to do...), 2012
crayon and cut out on paper
42 x 59,4 cm

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Untitled (always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.), 2011
oil on canvas
167 x 127 cm

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Untitled (it´s so much simpler to bury reality...), 2011
oil on canvas
94 x 123 cm

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Nemesims, 2011
Exhibition view Frieze, London

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Nemesims, 2011
Exhibition view Frieze, London

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Nemesims, 2011
Exhibition view Frieze, London

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Nemesims, 2011
Exhibition view Frieze, London

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Untitled (We felt ourselves to be...), 2008
Oil on canvas
260 x 200 cm

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Untitled (Nowadays young people...), 2006
Acrylic, oil and marker on canvas
230 x 146 cm

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Untitled (The feelings that hurt...), 2002
Acrylic on canvas
250 x 300 cm

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Untitled (You could complain...), 2001
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 250 cm

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Untitled (The only tradition...), 1999
Acrylic on canvas
115 x 80 cm

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Untitled (This is the very source...), 1999
Acrylic on canvas
160 x 110 cm

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Lonely Facts, 1998
Photography on aluminum, ed. 4
140 x 100 cm

Muntean / Rosenblum

Muntean/Rosenblum (both born in 1962) focus on modes of representation that are considered traditional ways of formulating pathos and are borrowed from classical iconography. Color symbolism, hand gestures, and physical postures are taken from the Christian visual tradition, but divorced from the religious context and applied to the present. Teenagers and young adults appear in generally anonymous urban contexts: these urban settings seem to have been taken from fashion or lifestyle magazines. Muntean/Rosenblum use found material from magazines and journals, collective and media images of a consumer oriented youth culture to raise questions of identity and the subject. The contemporary outfits, which promise individuality and self-confidence, form a sharp contrast to the mannered gestures and poses. Characteristic of their drawings and paintings are subtitles in capital letters on a white background. The supposedly deep, philosophical statements are taken from various fragments from magazines and philosophical texts. Alongside classical media like canvas and paper, Muntean/Rosenblum also use film and installation for their remix of traditional art history and the social.

Muntean Rosenblum have shown their work at exhibitions at Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg (2014), at CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain (2012), at Mucsarnok Budapest (2009), Sammlung Essl (2008/09), Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2007), Vienna’s Museum für angewandte Kunst (2006), Tate Britain (2004), and Amsterdam’s De Appel Museum (2002).