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David Tudor and Composers Inside Electronics “Rainforest V” on view in Making Spaces: From the Collection, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria

Making Spaces: From the Collection
October 22, 2016–April 17, 2017
Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Mönchsberg 32
5020 Salzburg, Austria
Curated by Sabine Breitwieser, Director, and Antonia Lotz, Generali Foundation Collection Curator

For the new exhibition of works from the collections, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is focusing on the interaction between artists and the architectural, institutional, and social spaces and how they are produced, appropriated, and criticized. Visitors are invited to discover nine artist spaces and to experience the works in them in their singularity. This selection from the Museum’s collections focuses on new acquisitions, particularly through the Generali Foundation, on permanent loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

In the exhibition Making Spaces in the collection gallery at its Mönchsberg uptown venue, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg will for the first time devote individual spaces to nine artists. Some of the spaces have been designed in close collaboration with the artists. The exhibition Making Spaces. From the Collections presents a total of 35 works from the Museum’s collections by nine artists in an area of 8,600 square feet on level [2]. “With unique large-scale works like the installation Rainforest V by David Tudor & Composers Inside Electronics and a group of films together with Fur Wheel, an early kinetic object by Carolee Schneemann, the exhibition will celebrate new major acquisitions the Museum der Moderne Salzburg was able to make thanks to its partnership with the Generali Foundation,” explains the museum’s director Sabine Breitwieser. Works by Adrian Piper and Harun Farocki, both represented in the collection with a significant group of works in the Generali Foundation Collection, will be complemented with some special loans. The exhibition will open on October 22, 2016, with a collective performance by conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper. My Calling (Card) #3: Guerilla Performance for Disputed Territorial Skirmishes (2012) by Piper will be shown for the first time at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

The examination of spaces by artists stands in a long tradition. While the initial focus was on realistic representation, leading amongst other things to the invention of central perspective in the 15th century, works in the twentieth century began to directly interact with space. Artists also started to investigate the museum itself and the conventions for observing art. “In the 1960s and 1970s, the understanding space is always the product of social and political negotiations, was particularly emphasized by some artists,” underlines Antonia Lotz, Generali Foundation Collection Curator. That period in particular saw works of art as a critical examination of the museum as an institutional and physical space in which art was collected, presented, preserved, and mediated. Artists problematized the selection, evaluation, and historicization of art. The aim of making art accessible to people of all social classes, regardless of origins, gender, or religious affiliation, reflects the way in which the perception or production of space is linked to social and political negotiations.

The works in the exhibition focus on three themes: (1) physical perception and production of spaces; (2) appropriation, criticism, and modification of institutional and social spaces; and (3) speculative and fictional spaces.

The first theme area on the physical perception and production of spaces, will feature works and groups of works by American artists David Tudor & Composers Inside Electronics and Carolee Schneemann (1938 Fox Chase, PA–New Paltz, NY), which are among the latest acquisitions by the Museum der Moderne Salzburg through its partnership with the Generali Foundation. The description, investigation, and occupation of space by the human body is central to Carolee Schneemann’s films based on choreographies and performances. The sound installation Rainforest V (Variation 2) by David Tudor & Composers Inside Electronics allows the viewer to interact with the objects and create sound spaces.

The section on the appropriation, criticism, and modification of institutional and social spaces features works by Heimo Zobernig (1958 Mauthen, Austria–Vienna, Austria), Lothar Baumgarten (1944 Rheinsberg, Germany–Berlin, Germany), Goran Trbuljak (1948 Varazdin, Croatia–Zagreb, Croatia), and Adrian Piper (1944 New York, NY–Berlin, Germany). Heimo Zobernig questions institutional mechanisms of presentation by undermining the function of the exhibition space through architectural and sculptural interventions. Since the 1960s, Lothar Baumgarten has been investigating ethnographic representation in institutional spaces and criticizes the practice of the museum attributing meaning. Goran Trbuljak demonstrates the traditional expectations with regard to the art system by creating an exhibition situation in which the viewer is confronted with its mechanisms. Adrian Piper’s conceptual works investigate time and space. Her performances in particular highlight the public and cultural space and its criterias for exclusion.

Works by Joëlle Tuerlinckx (1958 Brussels, Belgium), Maria Eichhorn (1962 Bamberg, Germany–Berlin, Germany), and Harun Farocki (1944 Novi Jicín, today Czech Republic–2014, Berlin, Germany) open up speculative and fictional spaces. Joëlle Tuerlinckx modifies her works and their installation depending on the exhibition context, thus preventing their historicization and definition. Maria Eichhorn has designed a fictional person for her installation who decides not to open her mail anymore. Harun Farocki’s four-part video installation Parallels I-IV (2014) is devoted to virtual space in the form of a history of computer animation.

Presented by Generali Foundation

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