Still Life

Obstinacy of Things

Andrea Witzmann, In the Wealth of Time 4 - In der Fülle der Zeit 4, 2012
Sharon Lockhart, No-No Ikebana, Arranged by Haruko Takeichi, December 1, 2002 (December 4-11), 2003
Hans Peter Feldmann, Flower Pots, 2009
Laura Letinsky, Untitled #2 (fall), 2009
Annette Kelm, Welcome, 2016
Zoe Leonard, Bubblegums no 2, 2000
David Hockney, Roses for Mother, 1995
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Rose Napkin, 2017
Ausstellungsansicht "Stillleben. Eigensinn der Dinge"
Ausstellungsansicht "Stillleben. Eigensinn der Dinge"
Ausstellungsansicht "Stillleben. Eigensinn der Dinge"


Opening: Wed, 12.09.2018, 19:30

Are the banal objects of our consumerist world to be equated with the opulently arrayed fruits, blooms and other vanitas motifs familiar to us from the painterly still lifes of Old Masters? What is it that underpins our 400-year fascination with the genre? And why are contemporary artists rediscovering the still life for themselves in the medium of photography at this very precise moment in time? What do still lifes have to say to us today about our habits and our very own existence?

With a selection of international and Austrian artists ranging from Jan Groover to Christopher Williams, Leo Kandl and Harun Farocki, the large theme-based photo graphy exhibition highlights the historical development strands that have led to today’s radical re-examination of the genre as a new field of experimentation for artistic expression. Above all, the exhibition featuresa younger generation of artists who are reflecting our very own ‘present’ in their photographs. They do so by precisely perceiving and meticulously examining the world of objects that surrounds us, with all its peculiarities, beauty, and ugliness. While some have chosen aggressively to combine highend consumer products with garbage and trash, others focus on things utterly over looked: worlds of objects that act as the traces of our everyday world with an often idiosyncratic beauty – which is precisely why they

reward a closer examination. As we slow down the pace with which we contemplate them, these new still lifes counterbalance the glut of digital images that submerge our everyday lives, creating spaces in which our quotidian objects encounter things both novel and unfamiliar.

List of artists

Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili (GE), Dirk Braeckman (BE), Moyra Davey (CAN), Tacita Dean (GB), Gerald Domenig (AT), Harun Farocki (DE), Hans-Peter Feldmann (DE), Manuel Gorkiewicz (AT), Jan Groover (US), Matthias Herrmann (DE), David Hockney (GB), Leo Kandl (AT), Annette Kelm (DE), Elad Lassry (IL), Zoe Leonard (US), Laura Letinsky (CA), Sharon Lockhart (US), Anja Manfredi (AT), Barbara Probst (DE), Ugo Rondinone (CH), Lucie Stahl (DE), Andrzej Steinbach (DE/PL), Ingeborg Strobl (AT), James Welling (US), Christopher Williams (US), Andrea Witzmann (AT)

Curator: Maren Lübbke-Tidow


Exhibition Programme

13.09.18, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Exhibition tour with artists

18.10.18, 6 p.m.
16.01.19, 6 p.m.
Guided tour by the curator

23.09.18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
20.01.19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo Workshops Urban Stills - Still Life in the City

28.09.18, 12.30 a.m.
Public discussion in context of Vienna Contemporary Still Life. A genre reinvent itself?

14.11.18, 6 p.m.
Expert talk From historical Still Life to modern Photgraphy