Location: 21er Haus
Changing at regular intervals, the presentation of the collection of contemporary art at the 21er Haus gives insights into Austrian art production while simultaneously placing it in an international context. The current installation The Collection #3 comprises works from the 1940s to most recent positions. Works from the Belvedere’s permanently growing holdings and from the Artothek des Bundes are complemented by national and international loans. The section Freedom – Form – Abstraction juxtaposes works of Austrian post-war modern art with contemporary positions, thereby demonstrating both thematic and formal similarities. In search of new identities and languages of form after World War II, artists referred to geometrical construction, reduced abstraction, and gestural painting. These formal tendencies reflected such international movements as Tachisme/Art Informel in Paris or Abstract Expressionism in New York. During the following two decades, abstraction as a genre was to develop into a global language. In the past twenty years, contemporary artists have also harked back to non-objective painting in the form of free gesture, constructivism, or monochrome reduction. In the section Sign – Image – Object, the focus is on the blurring of boundaries between image and sign, script and language, and object and idea. The play between signifier and signified – the form of a sign and its meaning – and their unclear statuses are also addressed by making reference to the pattern of the process of perception and the translation of what is perceived into language. Finally, Body – Psyche – Performance deals with social norms and their negotiation in the visual arts since the 1960s. Constructions of the self and their renderings, marked by a tensional relationship between the mind, social issues, and the act of representation as such, serve as a point of departure. Stereotypes and conventions, expressed, for example, by way of role models and their social legitimization, are primarily addressed with regard to body and gender.
Marc Adrian, Josef Albers, Ei Arakawa & Nikolas Gambaroff, Martin Arnold, Richard Artschwager, Joannis Avramidis, Josef Bauer, Herbert Bayer, Martin Beck, Linda Bilda, Mel Bochner, Andy Boot, Marcel Broodthaers, Günter Brus, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Gerard Byrne, Adriana Czernin, Carola Dertnig, Heinrich Dunst, VALIE EXPORT, Michael Franz & Nadim Vardag, Johann Fruhmann, gelatin, Roland Goeschl, Franz Graf, Ilse Haider, Jenny Holzer, Lisa Holzer, Judith Hopf, Damien Hirst, Anna Jermolaewa, H+H JOOS, Birgit Jürgenssen, Johanna Kandl, Michael Kienzer, Kiki Kogelnik, Peter Kogler, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Kriesche, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Hans Kupelwieser, Maria Lassnig, Thomas Locher, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Josef Mikl, Otto Muehl, Oswald Oberhuber, Silke Otto-Knapp, Michael Part, Helga Philipp, Rudolf Polanszky, Arnulf Rainer, Lois Renner, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Anja Ronacher, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Allen Ruppersberg, Peter Sandbichler, Stefan Sandner, Markus Schinwald, Stefanie Seibold, Cindy Sherman, Daniel Spoerri, Curt Stenvert, Josef Hermann Stiegler, Rudolf Stingel, Josef Strau, Thaddeus Strode, Rosemarie Trockel, Walter Vopava, Martin Walde, Peter Weibel, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, Sue Williams, Erwin Wurm, Gregor Zivic, Heimo Zobernig, Leo Zogmayer.
Curators Severin Dünser, Axel Köhne und Luisa Ziaja