Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art

52nd Venice Biennale
10 June - 21 November 2007

Venice / 2007 / Tour / Roma Pavilion

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Jenő André Raatzsch




Sommersault. 2005
Mixed media, 300 x 90 x 35 cm

My art is action: it is not a goal but a tool. It helps me to reach completeness, where art is no longer needed. It is when I do not need art that I know I have reached completeness. What is completeness? It is accepting opposites, experiencing universality, re-evaluating values.

What is action? I use the word not in its common sense, but to denote "the doing of life;" action need not be awe-inspiring or herculean; its point is its infinite simplicity, which outshines all kinds of artistic action. Everyone has their roots. Man is no different from other living creatures. Compare humans and trees: they all gain their nourishment from the earth, but they also need care in the "upper region," without which they cannot grow; we humans are responsible for our own care. This is the moment when harmony comes into being. (...)

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* 1978 Ilmenau, Germany. Lives in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Venice / 2007 / Tour / Roma Pavilion