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Dirk Stermann moderates a table tennis competition in the exhibition Július Koller. One Man Anti Show

Grand Opening of the J.K. Ping-Pong Club

Slovak artist Július Koller was a passionate sportsman and an enthusiastic tennis and table tennis fan. He saw the constant to and fro of the balls and the clearly defined rules of the game as symbols of democratic communication. He frequently appealed to the principles of fair play in these games as metaphors for a working democracy...

Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2016

Anna-Sophie Berger is the first winner of the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize, established in 2016 by Kapsch AG and mumok to promote young artists who live and work mainly in Austria

Panel discussion with Caroline Busta, Lynne Cooke, Sebastian Egenhofer & David Joselit

Painting 2.0 - Panel Discussion

The new exhibition Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age is the subject of a panel discussion on Saturday June 4, 2016, at 6 pm. A theoretical and critical debate will address the key issues raised by the 230 works in this exhibition. 

The moderator is David Joselit, distinguished professor in the graduate...

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...


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...