Since the foundation of the mumok collection in 1959 the museum has brought together around 10,000 works by around 1,600 artists. 55 Dates invites you to encounter 55 of these works—in the form of “blind dates” with art.
A first encounter and a visual impression is available by means of the book 55 Dates, which aims to be an exhibition in book form. The more physical experience resting on the relationship between object and viewer in the gallery only comes later. This is a radical reversal of the traditional order of things, as here we are not developing a catalogue to accompany an exhibition, but rather an exhibition that derives from a catalogue.
55 Dates presents a mix of individual preferences and interests, of the well and the lesser known, showing works by artists that have entered into art history and by others who are still to be discovered. Both the publication and the exhibition highlight that art history is not an objective narrative but rather directed and influenced by its protagonists. Neither book nor exhibition can depict the entirety of the mumok collection, and nor do they correspond to conventional expectations of a representative overview or collection of art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Artists: Anna Artaker, Giacomo Balla, Joseph Beuys, Günter Brus, André Cadere, John De Andrea, Robert Delaunay, André Derain, Friedl Dicker, VALIE EXPORT, Richard Gerstl, Albert Gleizes, Ralph Goings, Haus-Rucker-Co. (Günter Zamp Kelp, Laurids Ortner, Klaus Pinter), Marta Hoepffner, Johannes Itten, Jasper Johns, Allan Kaprow, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, František Kupka, Yayoi Kusama, Maria Lassnig, Louise Lawler, Ree Morton, museum in progress, Bruce Nauman, Henrik Olesen, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Gina Pane, Pino Pascali, Ed Paschke, Pablo Picasso, Charlotte Posenenske, Robert Rauschenberg, Dieter Roth, Niki de Saint Phalle, Paul Sarkisian, Alfons Schilling, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Carolee Schneemann, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Cy Twombly, Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Andy Warhol, Franz West, Wiener Gruppe (Franz J. Hubmann, Friedrich Achleitner, Konrad Bayer, Gerhard Rühm, Oswald Wiener), Cosima von Bonin, Heimo Zobernig
Curated by Susanne Neuburger and Jörg Wolfert