Seeking works of art to fill newly renovated living quarters, Austrian count Ferdinand Orsini-Rosenberg turned to the 90-odd ancestral portraits deteriorating in his ruined schloss next door. But instead of merely dusting off his forebears' likenesses, he gave a crew of contemporary artists free rein to 'refresh' the originals. To offer carte blanche requires courage, reckons Michael Huey. Photography: Fritz von der Schulenburg
Top: Alina Kunitsyna restored the (damaged) oil portriat of an unidentified sitter, enhancing it with a painted soap bubble and naming her work Mlle Sphaerae. Right: in this sitting room, drawers painted with faux bois woodgrain and labelled with family estates are from the denuded archive shelves in the next room. On the chair is an unsigned oil portrait of Count Vinzenz 'Ferreirus Orsini-Rosenberg (1722-1749), an ancestor of Count Ferdinand, used as the basis for a new work by Armin Guerino, titled 20130630-001.