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Siegfried Zaworka

With Siegfried Zaworka, the mumok has for the first time invited an Austrian artist to fill the wall in the museum’s foyer with a site-specific work. Following photography-based installations by Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler, and Jeff Wall, Zaworka focuses his artistic investigation on the devices used in pain- ting. Under the title...


James Coleman. Lapsus Exposure

The slide and audio installation Lapsus Exposure addresses communication, subjectivity, and the use of media. A key question concerns the significance of the chosen medium for our understanding of what we see. In his large slide projection, Irish artist James Coleman shows a studio situation that seems to be prepared for...


Reading Time in Space

Is modernism an epoch? How did artists see this in the 1920s? Reading Time in Space answers these questions by referring to four exhibitions and book projects that constituted the first global presentations of modernism and raised key questions in their own time.

These projects rested on new concepts of space and...


Anita Leisz. Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2019

Anita Leisz (born 1973 in Leoben) is the fourth prizewinner of the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize, which promotes young artists who are based primarily in Austria.
Her minimal artistic practice cannot be reduced to a clearly defined medium or singular reading, nor to any specific, spatial situation, and this is what makes her work...


Forms Larger and Bolder: EVA HESSE DRAWINGS

"Crazy like machine forms larger and bolder." This is how Eva Hesse described a group of finished drawings in 1965 in a letter to her artist friend Sol LeWitt. The idea of "bold forms" can be applied to the artist’s entire oeuvre of drawings, to which mumok is devoting this exhibition.
On view is a selection of works on paper...


Objects Recognized in Flashes

In our contemporary “post-internet reality” what is the status of our uses of and relationships with analogue and digital images? How do we view the relations between material and immateriality, body, screen, and photographic surface?

Objects Recognized in Flashes is the title of a group exhibition focusing on...


Alfred Schmeller. The Museum as a Flashpoint

When Alfred Schmeller became the second director of the 20er Haus—today’s mumok—in 1969, after Werner Hofmann left for Hamburg, he had already enjoyed a long and varied career. He was director of the Art Club and had worked as a critic for many years, before then working as the state art restorer for Vienna and the Burgenland.
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Heimrad Bäcker. it is possible that they won’t kill us and they might allow us to live

In 2015 the photographic estate of Heimrad Bäcker, author and editor, was given to mumok as a gift, and since then the museum has held more than 14,000 items including photographs, negatives, notes, plans, text works, and found items—all a witness to the artist’s lifelong critical and artistic exploration of the theme of the Holocaust...


Nikita Kadan. Project of Ruins

The work of Nikita Kadan (born 1982 in Kiev) centers on his artistic exploration of post-communist social and political developments, and their origins and causes in the Soviet system. Kadan produces drawings, paintings, and photography as well as objects, sculptures, and installations. The artist is a sensitive and critical observer...


Dorit Margreiter. Really!

Dorit Margreiter’s artistic interest is in the connections between visual systems and spatial structures and the consequences for our everyday lives and societies. The focus is on modern and contemporary architecture and forms of media representation. For her solo show at mumok Dorit Margreiter will transform the complete exhibition...


Vertigo. Op Art and a History of Deception 1520–1970

Of all the pioneering art movements of the 1960s, Op art and kinetic art seem to have been accorded the least recognition. Often they were depreciatingly seen as too spectacular and thus superficial. Wrongly so, since Op art and kinetic art sharpen our awareness of the ambiguous nature of reality. They quite literally show us that...


Pattern and Decoration. Ornament as Promise

Ornament as promise. This could have been a motto for the Pattern and Decoration movement, formed in the mid-1970s in the USA. In this exhibition, with its reference to Adolf Loos’s assertion concerning “ornament and crime,” mumok presents the rich collection of works from this movement of Peter and Irene Ludwig, in the largest...


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