Position and Pose
05.05.-29.08.21On 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
13.03.-16.05.21For 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
16.09.20-31.03.21As 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
27.02.-30.08.20The 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.
11.03.-30.05.20With 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
11.09.19-16.02.20The 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.
09.10.19-12.01.20For 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.
19.06.-29.09.19In her work, the artist Claudia Märzendorfer unites different artistic means of expression, combines philosophical approaches and (art) historical derivations out of no lesser need than to pursue the meaning of the world.
Über Leben am Land
23.03.-25.08.19Talk of living out in the countryside inevitably conjures up all sorts of images before our mind’s eye. Descriptions range from the romanticism of farming life to the dreariness of life in the provinces, shaped as much by personal experiences as by anecdotes and depictions consumed via the media – the image of village life and the reality of it at times worlds apart. In a photographic and artistic analysis of what life in the countryside is like today, the exhibition "Über Leben am Land" at the KUNST HAUS WIEN focuses on Europe and the US.
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