In an exhibition entitled Construction_Reflection the collectors Gertraud and Dieter Bogner present a selection of works from their own collection that they donated to mumok in 2007 and that has since been continually expanded. With more than a hundred paintings, sculptures, and objects, and three hundred drawings, gouaches, prints, autographs, artists’ books, and archive materials, this is the largest single donation to the museum to date.
The Bogners bucked trends by focusing on the “contents” of art as a key category in constrctivist, geometrical-abract, and conceptual art. In this exhibition, the interplays between forms and contents, or the politics of form as content, are presented in a number of different interrelated thematic sections. The key motifs are theoretical relations between painting and color, the reflection of history and society, and relations between architecture, sculpture, and abstraction in the tradition of a critical modernism.
Construction_Reflection presents a dynamic and sensual and also analytically precise collection of installations, paintings, videos, photos, texts, and publications by Robert Adrian X, Hartmut Böhm, Heinz Gappmayr, Dan Graham, Thomas Kaminsky, Richard Paul Lohse, Dorit Margreiter, Dóra Maurer, François Morellet, museum in progress, Jorrit Tornquist, Peter Weibel, Heimo Zobernig, and many other artists.
Curated by Gertraud & Dieter Bogner with Rainer Fuchs