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Body, Psyche, and Taboo

In 2016 mumok is taking a fresh look at one of the mainstays of our own collection—Vienna Actionism—by relating this to equally radical positions taken by some of its Austrian predecessors. Many Austrian museums and collections are supporting this project with generous loans of works, thus making it possible to create an encounter...


Symposium co-organized with Pablo Larios (frieze d/e)

The Corporate Alternative

How are corporate and alternative practices linked today – from company branding to artistic practices to community-making efforts? What’s the corporate alternative?

Unlike many of the inclusions in the current exhibition at mumok, to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to offer: artistic practices around 1990 – which take...


mumok's exhibition program 2016 at a glance

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mumok director Karola Kraus and her team presented program for 2015 at the annual press conference

Historicizing the Avant-Garde

Avant-garde and historicity have traditionally been understood as strict opposites. The avant-garde “overcomes” the fetters of history, thus reconciling art and life in an unmediated way. Any attempt to historicize avant-garde movements of whatever kind has to be aware of the implicit contradiction that what is historicized never...


Ulrike Müller

In her artistic work, Ulrike Müller (born 1971 in Brixlegg, Tirol, lives in New York) explores the relationships between abstraction and bodies and a concept of painting that is not restricted to brush and canvas. The geometrical figures and color surfaces in her compositions are never “purely” abstract. They carry erotic and sexual...


to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer

In fall 2015, mumok will look back at international art activities around 1990. On three levels, we are showing installations, publications, objects, projects, films, and interventions by more than 50 artists and artists’ groups. They all question traditional forms of exhibiting and address the pressing social challenges of their time...


Prosperous Poison

Carte blanche for students and teachers in the Master in Critical Studies at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. From September 10, 2015, they will be showing their own view of the mumok collection, in an exhibition entitled Prosperous Poison. Five overlapping and intersecting exhibitions will be presented on two levels of the...


John Skoog. VÄRN

In his photography, films, and videos, John Skoog (born 1985 in Kvidinge, Sweden, lives in Frankfurt am Main) combines research into history and everyday life with a poetic and fictional atmosphere that is grounded in the film and literary traditions of Scandinavian modernism. At Art Basel he received the Baloise Art Prize, with prize...


Renowned experts on Vienna Actionism, performance, and dance will be discussing the questions raised by mumok's current show My Body is the Event

Symposium: My Body is the Event

The expansion of painting, abreaction, body analysis, self-mutilation, and shamanism. International experts discuss the relationships between Vienna Actionism and international performance art.

In My Body Is the Event. Vienna Actionism and International Performance, an exhibition running to August 23, 2015, mumok is presenting...


My Body is the Event

From March 6, 2015, mumok is presenting its collection focus Vienna Actionism in the context of international developments in performance-based art. Whereas previous mumok shows always focused on the pictorial artifacts of Vienna Actionism, this exhibition will look closely at the performative aspects of their work. Actions by Günter...


Ludwig Goes Pop

From February 2015, mumok is presenting on four levels one of the world’s most significant holdings of Pop Art—the collection of the German industrialists Peter and Irene Ludwig. In this extensive overview, around 100 works from seven different institutions associated with the Ludwigs will be brought together. Exhibits from the Museum...


David Lieske

From February 2015, mumok is showing a solo exhibition by the German artist David Lieske (born 1979 in Hamburg). Entitled Platoon (RL-X), this exhibition addresses the close connection between legend and work and between the person and the product of the artist. It is the central premise of this...


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