Marking two anniversaries, mumok presents the work of two influential Austrian avantgarde postwar filmmakers— Kurt Kren (1929–1998) and Ernst Schmidt Jr. (1938–1988) in dialogue with each other. As well as screening films, this presentation will also focus on the archives of the two men’s estates, including notes, sketches, correspondence, and other materials pertaining to their work. This will make it possible to understand the complex contexts of their works.
The significance of Kren and Schmidt for Vienna Actionism will be highlighted, as well as each man’s unique and diverse artistic practice, which in both cases goes far beyond the contexts mentioned and has long been important for the fine arts in general.
In terms of mumok’s collecting policies, this show both focuses on and further develops a key field within the collection, particularly concerning conceptual approaches and structuralist film. The show is based firmly on the scholarly archives of the work Kurt Kren and Ernst Schmidt Jr.
Curated by Marie-Therese Hochwartner, Naoko Kaltschmidt, Matthias Michalka, Susanne Neuburger