Discover Germany, Issue 38, May 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Vienna City Special

Best Exhibition in Vienna

Innovative exhibitions for contemporary art As an urban institution, the Kunsthalle Wien presents national and international contemporary art. Established in 1992, the institution is both a location for established art and a negotiation site for current societal issues as well as future developments.

Main image: The Kunsthalle Wien at the Museumsquartier. – Copyright: Kunsthalle Wien 2014, Photo: Stephan Wyckoff Above Left: Nicolaus Schafhausen, director of the Kunsthalle Wien. – Copyright: Kunsthalle Wien 2014, Photo: Sabine Hauswirth Above Middle: The Promise of Total Automation, Kunsthalle Wien 2016 – Photo: David Avazzadeh: Mark Manders, Finished Sentence (August 2010), 2010, Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; Steven Claydon, Antenna, 2015, Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London; Konrad Klapheck, Der Chef, 1965, Courtesy Sammlung Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf – Copyright: VG Bild Kunst Bonn / BILDRECHT GmbH Wien Above Right: Nathalie Du Pasquier, untitled, 2000 – Courtesy: the artist


Viewing socio-politically explosive issues through the prism of visual arts, the Kunsthalle Wien is taking a closer look, through two new exhibitions, at the relationship between human beings and machines and social utopias in 1960s’ and 1970s’ architecture. As a space which comprises the broad diversity of international contemporary art and its related discourses, the institution is known for presenting innovative exhibitions and communication formats. Here, visitors are encouraged to participate in in-depth discussions not just about contemporary art, but also about its socio-political implications. 54 | Issue 38 | May 2016

The current exhibition The Promise of Total Automation, which can be seen until the end of May, examines in how far technical devices, originally designed to satisfy our desires, have already enslaved our society. In this exhibition, automation, improvisation and a sense of wonder are not opposed but sustain each other. The artistic positions, which are being presented, consider technology as complex as it is, animated at the same time by rational and irrational dynamics. Ritual artefacts, production machines, technical objects, images and artworks are some of the presented exhibits.

Concrete – the epitome of modernism in the 1960s and 1970s From 25 June to 16 October, the Kunsthalle Wien will come up with another must-see for every architecture lover: the group exhibition Béton. Visitors will learn that concrete is not just a construction material, it also used to be historically and ideologically charged. In the 1960s and 1970s, concrete was regarded as the epitome of modernism. The so-called Brutalism, an individual architectural style based on concrete, distinguishes itself through an expressive application of concrete and through a distinct social element. Aim-