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.
In october 2019 I listened to animals imitating humans.
For the installation in KUNST HAUS WIEN, the Austrian artist Martin Roth (1977-2019) has filled the entire floor with rubble and sculptural pieces; wild plants settle in the spaces between. A sound installation also stimulates the space: The main sounds are birds imitating technically produced sounds such as ring tones or sirens - an echo of our industrialized life. Roth takes up themes of dislocation, substitution, decay, inequality and disorder and creates subtle symbolic images of the state of our world.