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Spirit of Austria

Franz Graf, Gelatin, Markus Schinwald

Duration: October 3, 2015 to February 20, 2016

Curated by Zdenek Felix

The show Spirit of Austria focusses on three positions of contemporary art in Austria by confronting selected works by Franz Graf (*1954), Markus Schinwald (*1973) and the group Gelatin (Wolfgang Gantner (*1968), Ali Janka (*1970), Florian Reitner (*1970) and Tobias Urban (*1971)). However different these artistic positions may be, they share a tendency towards a narrative, socially relevant and at times even provocative practice, one that is grounded in a specifically Austrian tradition.

This approach derives its impulses from the tradition of the Viennese Modernism before the First World War (Egon Schiele, Richard Gerstl) and from the forefield of Freudian psychoanalysis and related intellectual movements. It finds its continuation in the Viennese Actionism of the 1960s and 1970s, and in the work of the prominent Austrian sculptor and installation artist Franz West, which influenced an entire generation of Austrian artists.

It is, therefore, a tendency that one could describe as rather rebellious, provocative and intellectually stimulating, but which also delivers a subtle form of humor and critical irony.

The three stances featured in the exhibition represent artistic developments capable of making a pointed statement about today’s Spirit of Austria – and they do just this.

Exhibition views

Accompanying program

, 7 pm

Spirit of Austria: Opening

Welcome: Monika Schnetkamp, Chairwoman Arthena Foundation 
Introduction: Robert Fleck, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
About the Exhibition: Zdenek Felix, Curator of the exhibition 

, 7 pm

Filmscreening with works by Gelatin, Franz Graf and Markus Schinwald

, 7 pm

Loophole Düssilismus Gelatin and the German Giants

Performance by the group Gelatin, Vienna

Seven Lecturer, one Düssilismus 
Forty Minutes, Three hundred seven +
Nine and a half Kilogram 
Seven hundred twenty seven Theses
two Canon
One choir, three Counter Canon, five Liter
Four Solo Combos, four Triple Combos
Six Duo Combos, one Gelatin 

Künstlerverein Malkasten e.V.
Theatersaal im Hentrichbau
Jacobistraße 6a
Free entry.

, 2 pm

Spirit of Austria: Finissage

with a guided tour by the curator, Zdenek Felix, followed by a gathering with coffee and Viennese "apple strudel".

Video about the exhibition

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