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Rheinhard Mucha, Untitled (Oberhausen-Osterfeld Süd) (1986)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
Named after two connecting cities on the German railroad, Untitled (Oberhausen-Osterfeld Süd) is typical of Rheinhard Mucha's ongoing interest in the railway system, a means of transportation still heavily relied upon in his native Germany. The work was created from a display cabinet that contained a schedule of the arrival and departure times of locomotives, while the photographs contained in the cabinet document a work in which Mucha, then a student at Düsseldorf Academy of Art, created a mock train station out of available furnishings from a classroom.

Untitled (Oberhausen-Osterfeld Süd) seems to exist in transit. Combining photographs that document a temporary installation with an empty case that reflects only the viewer creates a moment in time that is both unattainable and within reach. Thus the railroad system is presented as both an institution on the verge of obsolescence and a time-honored symbol of voyage, journey, and connection.

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Source: Label text for Rheinhard Mucha, Untitled (Oberhausen-Osterfeld Süd) (1986), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009