“Over the coming years, the mumok plans to refine and expand the existing collection. The aim is to strengthen the collection of minimal, conceptual and performance art, not only through acquiring key works by Western European and American artists, but also through the inclusion of works and intellectual contexts from Eastern Europe which have not yet been as well recognized in the collection. It is furthermore important to emphasize the significance of female artists in what has often been seen as male-dominated contemporary art movements. And finally, the emphasis on media-based art will continue to be pursued as it has over the past years both with respect to the collection and to exhibitions. At the same time, I would like to look more closely at positions in painting since the 1960s that have been somewhat neglected due to the concentration on media art, highlighting the significance of this medium which throughout this period has continually renewed itself, thereby creating a more balanced structure to the collection. Overall, I would like to take advantage of the existing collection and policies in order to maintain the reputation of the house, while at same time consciously striving to go beyond what has been achieved through the integration of private collectors, patrons and sponsors exploring new paths and opportunities to obtaining artworks.” Karola Kraus, Director
Among the new additions to the collection in 2011 include works by Phil Collins, Fred Sandback, Geta Brãtescu and Franz West. The mumok board was able to obtain a sculpture by Isa Genzken. With the support of the Federal Ministry of Art (BKA Sektion Kunst), works by Anna Artaker, VALIE EXPORT, Tomasz Kowalski, Christian Mayer and Otto Muehl were purchased. The Austrian Ludwig Stiftung recently acquired works by Cy Twombly and André Cadere specifically for the mumok.