To accompany the special exhibition miriam cahn – AT EYE LEVEL, which presents one of the most significant Swiss artists from March 11, 2016, the collection presentation focuses on her artistic and historical environment. Works not only by Marlene Dumas, Corinne Wasmuht, Franz Ackermann, but also Gerhard Richter, Daniel Richter, Georg Baselitz and Per Kirkeby will be exhibited. Nan Hoover and Marcel Odenbach will also be featured, as well as a painting by Miriam Cahn, which the Stifterkreis (Circle of Patrons) of the Kunsthalle acquired in 2015.
In the 1950s and 60s, concrete was regarded as the epitome of modernism. An individual architectural style based on concrete established itself, so-called brutalism (originating from the French word for exposed concrete: béton brut). Brutalist architecture not only distinguishes itself through an expressive application of concrete but through a distinct social element; brutalist architecture stands for social housing, municipal educational establishments, cultural centers, and universities. Aiming to change society, brutalist architecture virtually gave shape to utopia. Today, many of the buildings built at the time are threatened with demolition; they are considered to have failed their purpose. In light of a modernism stained by dystopia, contemporary art once again carve out its original ideas, its euphoria, but also its failure. Not out of a nostalgic longing but for the sake of remembering that architecture was once more than enclosed space, and concrete was not merely a [...]
A new project by Roman Signer for HTL Hallstatt (Polytechnic Institute).
Opening: Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 10 am
In collaboration with the Generali Foundation, whose collection is on permanent loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, the museum presents a new thematically focused exhibition of art from its collections. Featuring more than sixty works, the show sheds light on the poetic potential almost thirty artists discover in processes of social, cultural, and political change.
The new collection presentation points up the poetic aspects of conceptual art, which critics even today often unfairly describe as lacking aesthetic or pictorial qualities. The selected works show artists responding to transformative processes that tie in with changes in the environments of our daily lives, shifts affecting their own identities, and innovations in art history, as well as proposals for change with a view to an alternative future.
The show compiles art that brings the structural transformations brought on by war or the privatization of public spaces into focus; see Dan Graham and Robin [...]
The Fórum’s key exhibition in 2016 proposes a reflection of what is Heritage, how we define, declare and accept it. Based on the idea that the past is but a prologue of the future, and that Heritage should be continuously activated and densified so that it does not disappear or loses its meaning, this show will present several ways of thinking Heritage. Sometimes in an irreverent tone, others almost iconoclastic, sometimes “concerned”, others “hopeful”, the exhibition aims to reflect on how artists have approached this topic, how they question and reflect on it.
The exhibition will bring together a large collection of works by Portuguese and International artists. Just like the show The Coming Museum (2015), this exhibition will not be limited to the Fórum’s space and will feature collaborations with several local institutions.
The exhibition will have a strong program of [...]
The exhibition looks at travel in a region where freedom to travel was, until recently, a luxury available only to the very few. The revolution of 1989 and the subsequent opening to the world and globalisation processes allowed citizens of the former Eastern Bloc personal mobility on an unprecedented scale. Participation in international exchanges contributed to the region’s identity today as much as the new political and economic order. For two successive decades, capitalism and globalisation carried us farther, faster, and surer, until we got used to thinking in terms of progress with only one direction — forward! Today, we see how that moment was as pivotal for modern European history as it was exceptional. Europe’s response to foreign refugees shows that our participation in the global exchange was, and is, predominantly one-way. We do not willingly share the privileges that we gained after the fall of the Berlin Wall and as a consequence of our EU accession. [...]