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Vienna Media News 02/2016 Contemporary exhibitions in Vienna in 2016

Mar 9-Jun 26, 2016: Oswald Oberhuber – A Retrospective

21er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna,

This comprehensive retrospective is devoted to Oswald Oberhuber, one of the most influential figures in contemporary Austrian art. In a space concept devised by the artist, it presents works from all his key creative phases from the late 1940s to the present day, which demonstrate the principle of Permanent Change through their diversity and versatility, according to the theory of the same name formulated by Oberhuber in 1958.

Feb 18-Jun 19, 2016: Anselm Kiefer. The Woodcuts

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important artists of our age. In a first comprehensive retrospective, the Albertina is showing 30 monumental key works selected from his famous woodcuts, and presenting picture cycles and thematic groups. Kiefer’s work is characterized by an intensive examination of German history, cultural history and mythology.

Apr 8-Sept 5, 2016: Berlinde De Bruyckere. Suture

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

The Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (born 1964) has emerged as one of the highest profile present-day sculptors thanks to her impressive works that focus on the fragility and raw beauty of the human body. De Bruyckere’s seemingly timeless figures tackle existential questions of life and death and pain and suffering, while emphasizing the root of human existence in flesh and blood.

Jun 3-Nov 2, 2016: Martin Parr. Retrospective

Kunst Haus Wien, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, 1030 Vienna,

The British artist Martin Parr’s (born 1952) interest in cultural traditions and their peculiarities and rituals has made him one of the most influential documentary photographers of this age. In his work, the everyday and the absurd are never far apart. Parr does not shy away from escalations, punchlines and clichés: driven by his dry sense of humor, his unflinching gaze has made him one of the most searingly honest chroniclers of our time.

Jun 24-Oct 2, 2016 Jim Dine. I never look away

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1st district,

After Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine is one of the most celebrated stars of American pop art. The Albertina is showing 100 captivating self-portraits, a representative selection of the artist’s generous endowments, and presenting Dine in an unusual as well as self-critical light.

Jul 14-Nov 20, 2016: Ai Weiwei. transformation – translocation

21er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna,

The Chinese conceptual artist regularly criticizes the regime in his home country through his art and the targeted deployment of social media. Architecture is one of many languages that Ai Weiwei uses to convey his messages. In response to questions about Vienna, he demonstrates a philosophical knowledge of Ludwig Wittgenstein and talks enthusiastically about the mansion house planned by the famous philosopher for his sister Margarethe between 1926 and 1928. Ai Weiwei used the building’s clear architectural lines as the template for his studio in Peking. Architecture creates identification, no matter if it is the Austria pavilion created for the 1958 World Expo in Brussels – now the 21er Haus – or a late Ming dynasty temple built to honor the ancestors of a high-profile Chinese family. What both of these exceptional buildings have in common is that they were moved from their original locations and given a new purpose. Presented alongside various works by Ai Weiwei, the two pavilions will be at the center of a powerful dialog inspired by the twin themes of translocation and transformation at the 21er Haus.

Sep 8-Nov 27, 2016: Martin Kippenberger

Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna,

Martin Kippenberger is one of the most important and most controversial artists of the 20th century. His oeuvre extends from painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, poster design, installations, performance, art books and magazines to curating and collecting – without confining him to any of the countless “isms” that are used to pigeonhole artists. The exhibition has a particular focus on language as well as Kippenberger’s before and after pictures from various eras in the history of art.

Oct 11, 2016-Jan 29, 2017: Edmund de Waal: During the Night

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,

In 1525 Albrecht Dürer documented one of his nightmares in a famous sketch. Traumgesicht (dream face) provides the thematic starting point for the exhibition: paintings and various Kunstkammer pieces from the permanent collection of the KHM have been brought together in a new arrangement configured by Edmund de Waal (The Hare with Amber Eyes). Set against each other in discord, they orbit notions such as fear, nightmare, disconcertion and ruin.

Oct 21, 2016-Jan 30, 2017: Poetry of the Material

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

This exhibition presents works by six Vienna-based artists: Benjamin Hirte, Sonia Leimer, Christian Mayer, Mathias Pöschl, Anne Schneider and Misha Stroj. Their works are not only characterized by the broad range of ties to different cultural discourses, forms of narration and depictions of history and stories they portray, but also through the arrangement of the media and materials used by the artists.

Dec 7, 2016-Mar 26, 2017: Franz West & Co.

21er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna,

This exhibition puts Franz West’s collaboration with other artists in the spotlight. In addition to working on projects with leading international artists such as Albert Oehlen, Douglas Gordon and Mike Kelley, he has also teamed up with key Austrian figures including Heimo Zobernig, Peter Kogler and artistic collective Gelatin. Franz West was known for exchanging works with his peers and accumulated a fascinating collection over the years – a selection of which is integrated into the exhibition.


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