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Writing about a discovery can be a discovery on its own. A few days ago, as I was doing some background research on the influence of Magritte on the designs of the latest Delvaux collections, I came across this painting. And then, it hit me. Like a rock! I had seen that image before. Actually, I had already witnessed its full grandeur live in 3-D from quite a humble angle.
What I initially perceived as a giant egg – in my mind probably signifying new life in a religious context - was unexpectedly hanging from the ceiling of the Jesuit Church in Vienna – one of the many churches of that culturally rich city. It hovered there over our heads, filling the void in front of the altar, accompanied by scattered low-pitched music notes. The installation – whatever it depicted or symbolized - was intimidating, mystifying and awe-inspiring. It was one of those things you either love or hate. For me, it was love at first sight. I was utterly speechless.
Judging from another pink-purplish light installation I had seen in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, it occurred to me that the Viennese might be open to crossovers. They are probably not afraid to merge modernity with the classic and lighten up the strictness which religion is usually associated with.
The rock named "In Limbo", an unusual conception and realization by the Viennese artist group Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber, has traveled around the globe magically turning stations, museums, shopping malls and churches into surreal paintings. In each context, the massive 8-meter-high, 5-meter-wide and 4-meter-deep rock is instinctively viewed differently. In NASA it looks like a meteor visiting the Earth and in Madrid it becomes a menacing "bull in a glass house".
I do not claim to know what purpose Magritte’s rock served in that beautiful elaborate church. Perhaps, it was purely decorative. Perhaps, it had a deeper meaning in the mind of the artists. But, as I stood there among the other visitors observing it in absolute reverent silence, I realized different meanings were in the eyes of each and every receiver. True art is always open to interpretation. Hence, I will let you make your own.
More on the work of the artists at
Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe