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Pakui Hardware

Since 2014, Neringa Černiauskaitė (born in 1984 in Klaipeda, Lithuania) and Ugnius Gelguda (born in 1977 in Vilnius, Lithuania) have been operating together as an artist duo under the label Pakui Hardware. This name derives from Pakui, the extremely quick servant of the Hawaiian fertility goddess Haumea. Legend has it that the...


Painting 2.0

The exhibition Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age places our sustained interest in contemporary painting and the continuous expansion of digital technologies within a surprising historical context. This exhibition goes back to the dawn of the information age in the 1960s and shows how painting already then...


Wolfgang Herzig

We Pioneers

From May 12, 2016 through February 26, 2017 mumok will be showing the exhibition We Pioneers: Trailblazers of Postwar Modernism about two charismatic personalities in art and culture after 1945: Viktor Matejka and Werner Hofmann. These two men both greatly influenced the postwar Vienna art scene, and this exhibition looks in...


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...


HAWSER / HOFER

From March 4, 2016, mumok is presenting two young artists who both reflect critically on contemporary concepts of nostalgia, re-evaluating these with new works made especially for this mumok show. Kathi Hofer (born 1981 in Hallein) draws on her own family history and an Austrian fashion icon—the artist comes from the Salzburg Hofer...


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

General Information

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...


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