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Vienna Media News 06/2016 Major exhibitions in the second half of 2016

Kunstforum Wien presents a portrait of Martin Kippenberger – one of the most important and most controversial artists of the 20th century. The show puts a particular focus on language as well as Kippenberger’s before-and-after pictures from various eras in the history of art. Artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier is an autodidact who enjoyed a long and successful career in product design. Since 1987 Du Pasquier has focused her energies on painting, and an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wien sets up a dialogue between her recent paintings and drawings from her Memphis period. Artist collaborations are the inspiration for the Franz West & Co. exhibition at the 21er Haus. 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 artist collective Gelatin. The Belvedere shines a spotlight on painting between the years 1830 and 1860 in Biedermeier Extended. Waldmüller and the Painting of his Time. This exhibition focuses on “profane” painting from the period, meaning works that present everyday themes: portraits, landscapes and genre paintings in the broadest possible sense.

The works created by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei are an expression of his critical responses to the history, culture and politics of his home country and represent a more or less subtle reflection of his own biography. The 21er Haus is devoting a large-scale solo exhibition to Ai Weiwei entitled Ai Weiwei: translocation – transformation. An exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts Picture Gallery in Vienna honours Hieronymus Bosch and his fantastical visions to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. The central highlight of the Academy of Fine Arts Picture Gallery is the Netherlandish master’s large triptych, The Last Judgment. Nature gone astray? Chimeras, goblins and monsters (not only) by Hieronymus Bosch looks at the colourful array of frightening creatures found in Bosch’s Last Judgment and in art from the middle ages to the present day. Writer and ceramicist Edmund de Waal (author of The Hare with Amber Eyes) has taken Albrecht Dürer’s famous Dream Vision (1525) watercolour as the starting point for the During the Night exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, selecting works from the museum’s permanent collections to present from a new perspective.

One of the major thematic exhibitions coming to Vienna in the second half of 2016 is Sex in Vienna. Passion. Control. Transgression at the Wien Museum. It delineates a sexual topography of the Austrian capital, shining a light on which spaces in the city offered sex to which population groups, and in what form, while also taking a look at the lay of the land today. In Shunga. Erotic Art from Japan, the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art explores the theme of sexuality and erotica in a different cultural milieu. Shunga (meaning picture of spring) artworks have been prevalent in East Asia for a long time. All of the major Japanese ukiyo-e artists produced erotic pictures. 150 woodcuts are on display in this show, loaned by the Leopold private collection, supplemented by works from the MAK’s own collection. Foreign Gods. Fascination Africa and Oceania. at the Leopold Museum in the MuseumsQuartier surveys traditional art from Africa and Oceania. Over 200 rare ancestral figures, dance masks, weapons and works of architectural sculpture from the extensive collection of the founder of the museum, Rudolf Leopold, are presented alongside works of key modernist artists including Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Amedeo Modigliani, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde and Max Ernst.

The Albertina is mounting a major exhibition dedicated to pointillism in partnership with the Netherlands’ Kröller-Müller Museum. Seurat, Signac, Van Gogh. Ways of Pointillism comprises a selection of 120 works dating from 1886 to 1930, including paintings, watercolours and sketches. At the End: Architecture. Time Travel 1959-2019, the last exhibition to be curated by Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien founding director Dietmar Steiner, runs the rule over 60 years of international architectural history while articulating some of the more interesting oppositional movements of the present day. The Poetics of the Material at the Leopold Museum presents six artists living in Vienna: Benjamin Hirte, Sonia Leimer, Christian Mayer, Mathias Pöschl, Anne Schneider and Misha Stroj. Their works are not only characterised by a broad range of ties to different cultural discourses, forms of narration and depictions of history and stories, but also by the arrangement of the media and materials used by the artists. Film stills offer visual snapshots of a film as well as being photographs in their own right. The Albertina is presenting an exhibition devoted entirely to this hybrid genre, showing 150 film stills from the 1910s to the 1970s.

  • Martin Kippenberger, Sep 8-Nov 27, 2016, Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna,
  • Nathalie Du Pasquier, Jul 15-Nov 13, 2016, Kunsthalle Wien, MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,
  • Franz West & Co, Dec 8, 2016-Mar 26, 2017, 21er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna,
  • Biedermeier Extended. Waldmüller and the Painting of his Time, Oct 21, 2016-Feb 12, 2017, Lower Belvedere & Orangery, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna,
  • Ai Weiwei: translocation – transformation, Jul 14-Nov 20, 2016, 21er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna,
  • Nature gone astray? Chimeras, goblins and monsters (not only) by Hieronymus Bosch, Nov 4, 2016-Jan 29, 2017, Picture Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna,
  • Edmund de Waal: During the Night, Oct 11, 2016-Jan 29, 2017, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien,
  • Sex in Vienna. Passion. Control. Transgression. Sep 15, 2016-Jan 15, 2017, Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna,
  • Shunga. Erotic Art from Japan, Oct 12, 2016-Jan 29, 2017, MAK – Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna,
  • Foreign Gods. Fascination Africa and Oceania., Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,
  • Seurat, Signac, Van Gogh. Ways of Pointillism, Sep 16, 2016-Jan 8, 2017, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,
  • At the End: Architecture. Time Travel, Oct 6, 2016-Mar 20, 2017, Az W Architekturzentrum Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,
  • The Poetics of the Material, Oct 21, 2016-Jan 30, 2017, Leopold Museum, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,
  • Film Stills, Nov 11, 2016-Feb 19, 2017, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,


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