Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 1048 In Vienna, Simon Raab will find a special house for the first large presentation of his work in Austria. For the last 150 years the Vienna Künstlerhaus has served as a nexus for exploring contemporary trends in art, leading quite often to fascinating discourse on what art is and should be. What it means to be an artist has radically changed during those intervening years. The artistic community has extricated itself from its erstwhile dependence on the nobility and the church. To this day owned by the Association of Austrian Artists, it is thus no coincidence that the Künstlerhaus was established by artists as a venue in which to meet socially and to exhibit. It is the artists themselves who decide which questions are of vital significance, and therewith determine their artistic output. It is requisite upon today’s artists to comment on society’s continual transformation, as well as the overall shift in living conditions of the world in which they operate. The work of Simon Raab is thus to be viewed in apt surroundings.The appropriation of everyday life and of changes in society means that today’s artist needs to assume new roles. The artist is free to consider art history in terms of its historical evolution—in the way Monet and Van Gogh come across as inspirational forces in Raab’s works; in the way that novel techniques and developments in technology fundamentally transform our original impressions of popular personalities and motifs. In appropriating today’s omnipresent pop culture, its stars and myths, Simon Raab conforms to the innate logic regarding art consumption and market forces. Through the reciprocity of immaterial and material values, the interplay of social, economic and cultural forces, Raab presents his particular perspective on his chosen themes with his special“Parleau”technique—one in which the subject is trans- figured, as though it were being viewed in water. Thanks are due to Simon Raab for his pop-culture visual cues and presentation, to Dr. Martin Stather, Director of the Mannheim Kunstverein, where this exhibition will also be presented, for his collaboration, and last but not least to the Galerie Peter Zimmermann and Ms Insa Rullkötter for their great commit- ment in bringing the exhibition to the Vienna Künstlerhaus. Mag. Peter Bogner is director of the Künstlerhaus Wien. Appropriation Peter Bogner