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An interesting take on decolonisation and art history

Thicket of Ideas – Thicket of Times

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has quite the extensive art collection. This time, they invited their students to work something out with it.

Featuring works from the likes of İklim Doğan, Nikolas Ettel, Jannik Franzen and many others, they have taken upon the challenge to open up a conversation. Their focus lies in critiquing the conditions of art historiography, cultural narratives, and social structures.

The exhibition runs in collaboration with Hungry for Time, so definitely check them both out!

Good to know… you can get a free tour every Thursday and Friday at 5pm.

A thematic realignment of historical art collections

Hungry for Time

After thorough renovations, Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts has returned to its original building. On this occasion, they invited the Raqs Media Collective from New Delhi to critique and analyze the academy’s historical art collections from an outsider’s perspective. Apart from that, the curator trio will also stage their own shows on different stations.

The exhibition runs in collaboration with Thicket of Ideas – Thicket of Times, so definitely check them both out!

Disocver the art of one of the most iconic eras

The 80s. Art of the Eighties

The 80s style isn’t just back in music, fashion and movies. Even the art from that period has made a return! Come take look at this exhibition at Albertina Modern, which features various artists’ work from back in the day when you had to groom your mullet before going out.

Learn about the art policy under national socialism

Auf Linie – NS Kunstpolitik in Wien

Ever wondered how the Nazi regime in Austria handled everything art-related? Well, this exhibition shines a light on the topic. It examines the aesthetic and personal continuities evidenced in individual artistic careers. In addition, new research, comprising information on around 3,000 artists, provides further insight into the political power structures, processes, networks, and artistic attitudes of the Nazi regime, the actors, and their artworks.

Explore the works of three extraordinary photographers

ALCENA CATASTINI EISENBERGER

Three contemporary photographers share their remarkable range of photography with the world in this exhibition at Ostlicht. Melissa Alcena’s portrayal of her home country, Christian Eisenberger’s portrayal of landscapes with a twist and Francesca Catastini’s addressing of the topic of public dissection between the 16th to 18th century as well as many more topics are what you can expect.

Go on a journey through the last century of private living

HOME STORIES. 100 JAHRE, 20 VISIONÄRE INTERIEURS

Unlike other exhibitions, no paintings or sculptures will be showcased here. Instead, it’s all about furniture and living spaces. Come and travel back in time to see how our homes have changed over the past 100 years. And how they might change in the future.

Admire the classic works of Dürer and his contemporaries

Dürerzeit

When you hear the word Renaissance, you’ll most likely think of Italy and its master painters of that era first. But actually there were a couple of famous painters active in Austria as well, most notably Albrecht Dürer. Now the Belvedere sheds some light on this chapter of Austrian art history that has so far received little attention.

In addition to the artworks of Dürer and his contemporaries (such as Albrecht Altdorfer, Jörg Breu and Lucas Cranach the Elder) you’ll also see paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and medals by lesser-known artists.

Explore the formative years of the famous Viennese artist

KLIMTS LEHRER. Jahre an der Kunstgewerbeschule

This new exhibition at MAK guides you through a lesser period of Gustav Klimt’s life that hasn’t been explored as much until now – his years of studying at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. Showing what influences this time had on him and his early works, it might even paint a whole new picture of the famous artists. Haha get it? Ok, we’ll see ourselves out for that one.

A showcase of the philospher's photographic side

LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN Photography as analytical practice

Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. But apart from that, he also was an avid photographer.

This exhibition puts his photographic work on display, such as a previously only partly published photo album from the 1930s, staged self portraits and other pictures, while comparing them to the practices of various contemporary artists.

Check out the modern art of this London based artist

Sarah Rapson Ode To Psyche

Until January you can look at the works of artist Sarah Rapson in the basement galleries of the Vienna Secession. She has recently been described as practising a form of ‘romantic conceptualism’. Now, if you wanna find out what exactly that means, we suggest you better check out the exhibition.

See some sculptures at the Secession

Nairy Baghramian Breath Holding Spell

Iranian-born artist Nairy Baghramian, who’s living and working in Berlin, currently has an exhibition at the Secession that’s going from November till January. The main focus of her work lies on sculptures, which have their roots in the human body (conceptually speaking of course, she doesn’t use human components, so don’t worry) and are actually a sort of antithesis to the traditional notion of sculpting. By combining a mix of various materials, she creates unique intriguing forms that are most definitely eye-catching.

Explore fascinating installations made by this famous Swiss artist

Ugo Rondinone nude in the landscape

With his installations Ugo Rondinone creates atmospheres that capture our modern attitude towards life. Oftentimes you can find references to pop culture and art history in them as well. For his very first solo show in an Austrian museum he brought two different kinds of artworks – the landscapes, sculptures made from soil which he specifically designed for Vienna and the nudes, hyperrealistic human wax figures. You can check it all out at Belvedere 21 until May 2022.

A unique photographic angle on the world around us

Wolfgang Tillmans Schall ist flüssig

Wolfgang Tillmans’ photographs revolve around the observation of humans, while exploring their relationships to each other as well as the things surrounding them. A selection of his works will be on display at the mumok from November till April. If you’re into photography yourself, it’s definitely worth checking out!

Get an insight into the East Asian textile industry

Huang Po-Chih Blue Elephant

The rise and fall of the East Asian textile industry, global social and political upheavals and the personal story of the artist’s mother, who worked in the clothing industry. That’s the story Huang Po-Chih tells in his new project ‘Blue Elephant’. A must-see for everyone who wears clothes…so basically everyone.

Check out the most outstanding poster designs of the past year at MAK

100 BESTE PLAKATE 20

As part of a competition seeking the best poster designs in Austria, this exhibition at the MAK showcases the hundred that made it into the final selection. There’s actually a lot more art going into posters than you think. Have a look at how artists express their feelings on political topics, while also cracking jokes and spreading awareness about whatever is going on in the world right now. Plus, it’s a great chance to look at the cool-looking graphic design trends going around at the moment.

 

Not your usual kind of hotel

Schauspielhaus Hotel

From October to February, the Schauspielhaus is going host a colourful mix of performances. Furthermore, it has also gotten an intense interior makeover to fit all the creative shows that are going to take place there and now actually poses as hotel. So be sure to book a room and check in ASAP!

By the way, you can check out the full programme here.

The history of Burgenland in photographs

GRENZLAND IM FOKUS. 100 JAHRE BURGENLAND

In 2021 Burgenland officially celebrates 100 years of being a part of Austria. In honour of this occasion, WestLicht will present a photographic journey into its eventful history from the end of November till January next year. So if you want to know how Burgenland came to be its own state (and let’s be honest the butt of many jokes, sorry Burgenland) you should definitely swing by.

Art to ease your mind

Do Nothing, Feel Everything

Let’s be honest, the world’s a mess. Everywhere you look, you find chaos and bad news. That of course leads to apathy and exhaustion. There is no time to process coherent stages of emotion before the next tragedy occurs. Ok, that might sound a little bleak, but luckily there are exhibitions like this one which looks into art practices that can soothe and make all this insanity more bearable.

Check out this new exhibition at Albertina

Modigliani

Even though Amedeo Modigliani has been plagued by poverty, strokes of fate, drug excesses and severe illness his whole life, he turned his misery into something very beautiful. Something beautiful that is now worth millions of euros. Modigliani seemed to be fascinated by the female elegance which is exactly what most of his paintings are focused on. You can check out more than 130 of his artworks at Albertina from now until January 2022.

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