10 FEBRUARY – 2 MARCH 2020
The new production of Richard Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier staged by Andre Heller is the occasion for the first cooperation between Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Bank's PalaisPopulaire. Visual art and music theater enter into dialogue, and the works of the Austrian painter Xenia Hausner, who designed the stage set for Der Rosenkavalier, create a contemporary commentary on the complexity of human feelings. The title of the exhibition "This will have been another happy day!" is taken from Samuel Beckett's drama Happy Oays. With this headline, Hausner, who lives and works in Vienna and Berlin, anticipates the future and thereby conveys an optimistic present, setting in motion the human apparatus of dreams and hopes.
By choosing Beckett's depiction of existential absurdity as a reference, the artist does not let the hope for a successful life fade and shows in her pictures fragments of a larger story that tells of our present world yet elude a clear reading. At the center of Hausner's colorful works, in which warnen always plays the leading role as well as "all roles in general," according to the artist, and the so­called Odd Shapes pictorial works-which leave the picture square behind and find an organic form-are couple relationships that refer to the emotional chaos in Der Rosenkavalier. Self-determined, thoughtful warnen creates a female cosmos in which conventional attributes such as young and old, female and male are lost in the face of the modern worldview of Der Rosenkavalier so that gender-specific behavior and conventional orders become fragile. What we see are seductive snapshots that leave everything open and confront the audience with their imaginary wishes.
In addition to ten large-format paintings by Xenia Hausner, the show features her stage design sketches, objects, associative material, and model parts as well as figurines by Arthur Arbesser.

© Text Angela Stief
© Images Mathias Schormann



Xenia Hausner (b. 1951 in Vienna, Austria) lives and works in Vienna and Berlin. She studied stage design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. From 1977 to 1992 she was a successful set designer for international theatre and opera productions. In 1992 Hausner began focusing exclusively on her painting practice. She is also a founding member of Women Without Borders.

Hausner‘s work has been shown in numerous museum solo and group exhibitions, such as at Albertina Modern, Vienna, Austria (2023); Galleri Würth, Hagan, Norway (2023); Art Contemporani, CC Andratx, Spain (2022); Franz Gertsc...
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