In autumn, KUNST HAUS WIEN is dedicating an extensive personal exhibition to the great American Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas in an Austrian premiere. Since the mid-1970s, Meiselas has been addressing the social and political upheavals in our society in her artistic work. Meiselas documents the role of women in the series "Prince Street", in which she accompanies young girls over 14 years in their becoming women. Meiselas became known for her work in the conflict zones of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s with her photographs of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. One of her pioneering projects for documenting cultural and social memory is the Kurdistan Archive on the history of the Kurdish diaspora.
Under The Mushrooms
Under The Mushrooms legt mit seinen Einblicken in die Gedankenwelt der jungen und jüngsten VertreterInnen der Wiener Kunst- und Kreativwirtschaft den Grundstein für die Zusammenarbeit der Zukunft. Die MacherInnen der Brand Unit initiieren seit Jahren Projekte, die sich mit den Themen Content, Community, Curation und Colaboration auseinandersetzen.
For landscape painting, the artist Ines Doujak works in the KUNST HAUS WIEN Garage with collected and archived nature: with dried plants, mushrooms, seeds, crushed blossoms, leaves, berries, wood, ashes, clay, stones and sand. She develops her installation in a process-oriented way by drawing on her natural archive, which she uses as artistic material - like a colour palette. In the central work "Land Robbery" Doujak takes up a highly topical political theme: The unscrupulous expropriation and displacement of rural populations all over the world, leading to the destruction of biodiversity through monocultures.
Position and Pose
On the occasion of her 80th birthday, KUNST HAUS WIEN is paying tribute to Elfie Semotan with a comprehensive retrospective. The exhibition Position and Pose spans six decades of her diverse artistic oeuvre and offers an opportunity to experience Semotan’s photographic universe as a multi-layered meshwork of discrete approaches to the medium of photography. On show are some 150 works, ranging from her well-known fashion and advertising shots to haunting portraits, poetic landscapes, and still lifes.
Anamnesis of a Landscape
For several years, the Austrian artist Herwig Turk has been dealing with the exceptional landscape of the Tagliamento. The wild river in the upper Italian region of Friuli is one of the very few unregulated rivers in the Alps. In his multi-layered and artistically demanding examination of the Tagliamento, Turk presents the river areas as places with different uses, cultural attributions and evaluations in the exhibiton "Anamnese einer Landschaft".
After Us, the Flood
As a Green Museum, KUNST HAUS WIEN regularly dedicates major photographic presentations to key ecological themes. The main exhibition in autumn presents a selection of artistic positions that focus on the effects of climate change on the ecosystem. The works in the exhibition show and analyse the impact the global climate crisis has on glaciers, sea and marine regions, considering both scientific and political aspects. The images of disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, increasingly acidified oceans and desertificated land areas are not least emotionally touching, and once again bear witness to the urgency of the topic.
Photography Is A Language
The American Alec Soth has been counted among the world’s leading photographers for some years now. His 2004 series Sleeping by the Mississipi catapulted him into stardom: following in Robert Frank’s footsteps, the artist documented American life on a road trip along the Mississippi – and did so in a very subjective, poetic, melancholic way. Soth’s photographic oeuvre – he is a member of renowned photo agency Magnum – has since been on display in all major exhibition houses and photography institutions. His solo exhibition at KUNST HAUS WIEN constitutes an Austrian premiere: Soth’s famous series Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), Niagara (2006), Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2014) will be shown for the first time in Vienna, alongside his most recent work I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating (2019). With the latter, a condensed portrait series, the artist has once again caused a sensation after a one-year break.
Für die KUNST HAUS WIEN Garage entwickelt Claudius Schulze eine raumspezifische Installation, die diese beiden epocheprägenden Entwicklungen zusammenführt: Den Verlust an Biodiversität einerseits und die Erschaffung einer neuen Spezies durch künstliche Intelligenz, Bionik und Gentechnik andererseits. Während die Welt für Maschinen verständlich wird, verschwindet sie gleichzeitig für immer. Während das Physische in Bits und Bytes übersetzt wird, sterben Arten, weil deren Lebensgrundlage verloren geht.
With the series #ClosedButActive, KUNST HAUS WIEN presents artists who are associated with the museum and whose works, exhibitions and projects shape the museum's programme.
The virtual space, which will also open up on the museum's website despite the fact that the exhibition rooms are closed, will be used in a new way with a stimulating compilation of images, text and video material and further information.
Many thanks to the artists who have made their material available for this project.
Street. Life. Photography
Seven Decades of Street Photography
The city is one of the most dazzling subjects in the history of photography: KUNST HAUS WIEN presents with the exhibiton Street. Life. Photography Icons of Street Photography from seven decades. From Merry Alpern, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank to Lee Friedlander or Martin Parr - with more than 35 photographic positions and over 200 works, the exhibition deals with the radical changes and aesthetic developments in street photography from the 1930s to the present.