Herbert Nauderer

27 March — 26 June 2022

Grand Exhibition Hall

With his exhibition The Infventor’s House invites the audience into a visually powerful cosmos of drawings, video installations, objects and photomontages.

The intertwined works tell of an expedition to an unknown island near the Arctic Circle. This place, called Parasite Island, is determined by the ominous machinations of an inventor. Within the exhibition, maps, logbook entries, architectural models, film clips and other clues lure visitors onto the trail of this mysterious persona. Following the path, the audience dives deeper and deeper into the sometimes threatening atmosphere of the island.
In the end, however, the search leads nowhere, as the entire complex of works refuses to be read in a stringent manner. Instead, it resembles a dense network of lose pieces or manipulated clues that cannot be put together to form a meaningful whole, but which, in combination, develop a suggestive pull.
With his multifaceted works, Nauderer succeeds in sending a shiver down the audience’s spine and, through the emotional appeal, inviting them to reflect on the darker sides of the inner self. At the same time, the individual works are loaded with numerous references that evoke associations with historical events, dystopian and horror films, works by symbolist artists such as Alfred Kubin, literary figures such as Edgar Allan Poe or conspiracy theories.
The latter were the starting point for “The Inventor’s House”. The increasing spread of “fake news”, alternative facts and abstruse theories irritated the artist and motivated him to create his own fiction.

In addition to the complex “The House of the Inventor”, the Kunstmuseum is showing the film “Parasite Island” for the first time in Baden-Württemberg. The elaborate project was made in collaboration with the renowned cinematographer Tom Fährmann as well as the author Annika Tepelmann and features the prominent actress Sibylle Canonica and the actor and writer Josef Bierbichler. The work is part of the long-running cycle “Mausmannsland” and follows in the footsteps of this fictional character with whom Nauderer achieved national fame.

About the artist
Herbert Nauderer was born in Fürstenfeldbruck in 1958. After an apprenticeship as a printer, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1980 to 1986. Since 1995 he has held a teaching position at the Fachschule für Holzbildhauer and the Fachakademie für Raum- und Objektdesign, Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Between 2016 – 2018 he held the administrative professorship for drawing at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. He lives and works in Weipertshausen and Maciarello, Elba.

Nauderer has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the Haus der Kunst Munich, the Städtische Galerie Rosenheim, the Künstlerhaus Marktoberdorf, the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum Braunschweig, the Kunstverein Munich, the Museum Villa Stuck, the Kunsthalle Tallinn, the Kunsthalle Schweinfurt and the Kallmann Museum Ismaning.

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