At irregular intervals, the Albertina invites artists to respond to the venue of the palace, the museum, and the Habsburg staterooms in specially conceived interventions.
The series is introduced by Markus Hofer (born in Haslach/Austria in 1977), whose objects sculpturally accentuate the interior and exterior of the building, with the artist fathoming and exploring the site’s spatial conditions and qualities. His artistic interventions are meant to irritate and frequently only reveal themselves as what they are at second glance or when looked at more closely, thereby putting into question the extant substance. Markus Hofer draws attention to the ordinary and familiar, thereby modifying our perception and visual habits.
For his intervention in the Albertina, Hofer devotes himself to what is hidden and undetected. His interest concentrates on the institution as a building, yet he understands the museum not only as a depository of collectibles, but - equally importantly - also as storage of history and stories. These are to be discovered, just as the invisible is to be rendered visible. Markus Hofer unearths things, opens compartments, and encourages us to take a look behind the facade.