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Margherita Spiluttini: Helvetia Paria, St. Gallen, CH, Architekten Herzog & de Meuron, 1996; © Architekturzentrum Wien, Sammlung, Courtesy die Künstlerin und Christine König Galerie, 2016

Margherita Spiluttini. Archive of Spaces

An exhibition by Landesgalerie Linz des Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseums and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, in cooperation with the artist (Room 1)

September 11, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Created and produced by human being, photography as a medium of artistic production and
presentation and the archive as a treasure trove of collections and ideas are inter-related
fields which Margherita Spiluttini brings together in her latest exhibition “Archive of

Since the early 1980s, she has been working as a freelance photographer, primarily in her
homeland Austria, but also in Switzerland, Italy and Germany. After many years of
collaboration with architects, theorists and artists she has built up an enormous archive of
photographic material. Margherita Spiluttini uses her camera to explore buildings as
everyday constructs. She captures views of the different interior and exterior spaces of
mundane and representational buildings, finished and unfinished structures, neglected and
destroyed edifices, roads, brownfields and bridges, urban and natural landscapes from all
kinds of different angles. Her all-encompassing interest in constructed spaces is as evident
as the relationship she documents between each structural form and its environment.
Rather than present an isolated view, she seeks to capture on camera the essence of
architecture as she experiences it, caught between its ideal and utilitarian state.

As a result, Margherita Spiluttini defines the kind of classification criteria she considers
necessary to convey and archive the photographs and exhibition work developed over
several creative periods. The chronological or scientific-historical aspects play a
subordinate role in cataloguing the work. Instead she focuses on the different reception
processes and conditions, the performance of various media used to present her images,
the impact of the content, as well as formal aspects like the relation between light, colour,
material and the object in focus, and the interplay of open-air spaces with the designed
object, or in other words, the interplay between reality, composition, designation and

The exhibition transfers this multi-layered approach into an individual, installation-based
presentation of associations and dialogues that also responds to the building structure of the exhibition room. Architecture as a form of expression, as a mirror of its own time, is once
again reflected in this way. Selected large-format colour images of very different objects and
landscape views point to structural congruencies in the way things correspond with one

Particularly in the early years of her photographic career, Margherita Spiluttini devoted a
number of black and white photo series to the buildings and areas of Vienna – the city where
she has lived for many years now. Building gaps, peripheral brownfields and former
industrial premises form the subject of an urban space that is constantly subjected to
change; they denote interim situations, which speak of the past and point to the future, and
in doing so take on their own significance – an aspect of fundamental importance to this

The importance of the archive to Margherita Spiluttini is evident from the fact that her
complete image archive features in this exhibition in the form of slide shows and screen

The book accompanying this exhibition Margherita Spiluttini – Archiv der Räume is a joint
publication of the Landesgalerie Linz des Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum and Die
Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Salzburg. Fotohof edition, 2015.

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Köln,
Tel.: 0221-88895300, photographie@sk-kultur.de



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