13.03.2014 - 25.05.2014:
Edgar Knoop 1964 - 2014
edgar knoop is artist and colour theorist. from 1972 to 2000, he taught experimental and applied colour theory at the munich academy. research into colour theory, the study of colour systems, the science of colour contrasts, the phenomenon light and light technology form the basis of his artistic work. subsequently, since the 1960s, he has continuously been building up a stringent œuvre which unites art, science and technology, using an experimental and interdisciplinary approach. colour and light determine the further development as constant aspects which manifest themselves alternately with form, space and movement in a broad spectrum of two- and three-dimensional works. the work is expressed along the lines of concrete art, op art and kinetics in the media of collage, sculpture, installation, photography, as well as on a large scale in the related disciplines of tapestry and art in public space. knoop's means are reduced and concise. they are restricted to basic pictorial elements and a clear, rational formal vocabulary. his materials and methods are modern, up to date and consistent with current scientific knowledge. the work aims at a specific effect and is based on exact planning, mathematical and technical calculation. edgar knoop combines the work of the artist with that of the researcher or engineer. he constructs works fluctuating between artistic object and technical/scientific apparatus. the exhibition and the accompanying publication provide an overview of all his creative periods. the heterogeneous works are arranged as a meaningful whole, so that their specific relevance and their overall logical connection are readily discernible. Edgar Knoop lives und works since 2002 in Seeboden / Millstätter See, Austria.
14.11.2013 - 16.02.2014:
Nebelland hab ich gesehen* [fogland have I seen] On the relationship between art and literature
Ever since competition has existed between the arts – since antiquity – mutual interest has been manifest between the various disciplines. There are numerous examples in art history, where artists have ventured into literature and writers into art, as well as countless double talents seeking equivalent expression in their second field. There has evidently always been, besides a dialogical relationship, also an emphatic one between artists and writers committed to the same task – that of expressing an idea through an appropriate work. In this respect, art and literature can be seen as media of equal status in a common aesthetic context. Today, the arts have left traditional hierarchies behind and use the each other's potential for their own ends. Image and text move closer together, interlace and lead to an expanded and more profound representation and force of expression. One becomes a model for the other – a challenge, an impulse, an inspiration, a fund of resources. The exhibition shows 16 current artistic positions, presenting various types of dialogue between the fine arts and literature. The focus is on works originating in the fine arts, inspired and influenced by literary sources and methods. They deal in the first place with artistic strategies drawing on literature, and in the second with literary forms and expressions drawing on the fine arts. The works make use of all visual media and are included in a comprehensive overall concept in a dramaturgical context determined by visual, auditory and performative forms of representation. * Ingeborg Bachmann
07.07.2013 - 21.07.2013:
Lori Hersberger "Totem"
skulpture and chrome steel. Installation in the courty ard of the museum of modern art carinthia, Klagenfurt. opening july 7, 2013, 11 a.m.
21.03.2013 - 02.06.2013:
ART PROTECTS YOU Jochen Traar [nichts und alles oder]
Jochen Traar was born in 1960 in Essen (Germany) and grew up in Carinthia. He studied with Bruno Gironcoli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Despite the fact that he uses a heterogeneous and diverse range of artistic possibilities, the artist sees himself as a sculptor whose work relates to a wider concept of sculpture. His work ranges from sculptural works and installations in the conventional three-dimensional sense – usually based on simple everyday materials and objects with which he explores the conditions and resources of spatial design – to quasi social sculptures as participatory, site- and situation-specific interventions and projects in public space which is devoted fundamentally to strategy and structure in a social context. Jochen Traar approaches the socio-political reality of our life-world and his own with brilliance and humour, taking apart and analysing its patterns and relations in order to convey perceptions and experiences to the viewer. This direct involvement surprises and confuses the viewer, prompting him – even considering the entertainment value of the artistic mise-en-scène – to cast a critical eye behind the deceptive façade of private and public everyday life. The banality of the first glance proves effective, on reflection, in subtly exposing the underlying substance. The current exhibition presents various work series from the past two decades – all unusual results of an extremely unconventional artistic practice. The content of the exhibition is summarised and documented in an accompanying publication with contributions by Bernd Liepold-Mosser, Reinhard Kacianka, Andreas Krištof, Martin Kušej and Christine Wetzlinger-Grundnig.
12.12.2012 - 24.02.2013:
Fritz Steinkellner (b 1942), who became known in the early 1970s with his screen prints, is one of those prominent Austrian artists who have always worked on the margins of the art world and who have continued uncompromisingly on their chosen path. Far from the current of ruling trends, Steinkellner has spent the past four decades developing a convincingly unique œuvre, the qualities of which have yet to be discovered. His extensive, complex work comprises drawing, painting, prints and object art. In various phases, the central questions of object and image, transformation and metamorphosis, ultimately of perception and cognition are examined in constantly new variants of meaning and technical execution, the artistic resources being taken to the limits of possibility. The element of transformation is central to his work. As the motif changes from one medium to another, altering the focus, an overwhelming range of expressive forms emerges. Fritz Steinkellner is seeking a means of expression suitable for exploring all the possibilities of artistic work. The intellectual consideration is examined using artistic resources and translated into a visual work. The fascinating complexity of his work integrated into a subtle system of intellectual and formal disciplines is impressively presented in the exhibition. Collected here are works from all phases of his œuvre arranged so as to demonstrate effectively and clearly not only its range and depth, beyond all boundaries of form and content, but also the essential connections between the works.
27.09.2012 - 25.11.2012:
fokus sammlung 03. LANDSCAPE
Landscape – along with historical painting, portrait and still life – is the most important painting genre, considered in Europe as a separate genre only since the 17th century. Its historical development shows a wide range of influences and changes, always in connection with the respective representational intention, and based on changing conditions in society, politics, culture and philosophy. Landscape painting refers to the pictorial representation of the natural world, or of an excerpt thereof. Frequent motifs are scenes of plains, forests, parks, rivers, villages, towns, sea, lakes, coastal or mountain regions. These are reflected in the exhibition along with contemporary treatments of the theme, formulated in abstract painting and constructed landscapes in photography or film. The exhibition comprises some 160 works from the art collection of the Province of Carinthia/MMKK, documenting various positions in landscape renderings during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. They give a representative cross-section of the attributes of the collection, presenting a broad spectrum of heterogeneous artistic concepts. A separate section is devoted to the 19th century, during which the foundations were laid for the Modern Movement; it contains works by Max and Eduard von Moro, Markus Pernhart and the brothers Ludwig and Josef Willroider. Works from the 20th and 21st centuries are grouped in individual rooms, under the above-mentioned headings, offering visitors the opportunity for an enjoyable and interesting walk to experience the whole variety and potential of the genre.
21.06.2012 - 09.09.2012:
In an extensive solo exhibition, the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art is showing the complex and multifaceted work of Hermann Nitsch – one of the most important and controversial contemporary Austrian artists. The exhibition shows works from all the periods of the extensive yet extremely compelling œuvre, which is the culmination of the total artwork, the Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries. It refers to all disciplines and resources of sensuous expression used by the universal artist Hermann Nitsch to appeal to all five senses and combine them in an extreme overall experience, aiming towards heightening and orgiastic intensification of feeling and perception. The overview ranges from early paintings and drawings from the 1950s – in which the artist recreated representations of religious figures by historic predecessors such as Rembrandt and Tintoretto – through action paintings, splatter paintings and picture objects, right up to current paintings. Special attention is given to his graphic art, ranging from informal drawings through architectural drawings for the Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries, to his breathtaking prints. Also included are photographic and film documentations, as well as action relics, music, scriptural scores, colour spectrums and a collection of scents which complete the survey of all areas of this total artwork. A special highlight is the Burgkapelle, which Hermann Nitsch uses – in a almost idealised way – to reflect the religious aspects of his own works against the background of baroque frescoes by Josef Ferdinand Fromiller. The majority of the works in the exhibition are the property the artist. Numerous other works are on loan from Austrian and international, public and private collections.
22.03.2012 - 03.06.2012:
Collection Sigrid and Franz Wojda. Living with Contemporary Art.
Sigrid and Franz Wojda were both born in Carinthia and settled in Vienna and Burgenland. Over the past 40 years, through informed and consistent efforts, they have acquired a considerable collection of Austrian and international abstract contemporary art – one of the most significant private collections in Austria. With 146 works by 57 artists, the current exhibition is to represent the focus of the collection which refers to conceptual, reductionist, constructive and analytical painting. The exhibited works represent the core of Sigrid and Franz Wojda's collection which comprises mainly paintings and graphics, but also sculptures, installations, animations and videos. The works range from classics of minimalist abstract painting, e.g. by Josef Albers or Robert Barry, through those of later internationally stars such as François Morellet, Helmut Federle, Günter Umberg, Imi Knoebel and Katharina Grosse, right up to Austrian artists Franz West, Heimo Zobernig, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Brigitte Kowanz, Erwin Bohatsch, Helmut Scheibl and Herbert Brandl, well-known beyond their native country. The exhibition was designed in collaboration with Sigrid and Franz Wojda and Edelbert Köb. After embarking on the project with enormous enthusiasm some two years ago, Sigrid Wojda unexpectedly fell ill and last July, during the design phase, she passed away. To our great regret, she was unable to contribute her extensive knowledge to the completion of the project, nor did she live to experience the final exhibition. As an expression of respect and appreciation, we would like to dedicate the exhibition project and this catalogue to Sigrid Wojda.
15.12.2011 - 04.03.2012:
MELITTA MOSCHIK. Reality Shapes
The title of the exhibithion alludes to the design principle of Melitta Moschik's œuvre, in which the artist takes up visual signs and codes of reality – which in today's mediatised world we use for both concrete and virtual communication – and transfers them to the context of art. Melitta Moschik takes equally into account scientific positions and everyday cultural phenomena, transforming them into objects and installations, in which the reduced formal vocabulary focuses on the essential information structures of their content. The exhibition is organised retrospectively and shows series of works from 1991 to 2011, which deal with awareness and representation of reality. The puristic works – computer-generated, rendered in industrial materials, machine-made and characterised by technological aesthetics – deal with scientific, socio-cultural and medial phenomena, and are situated in a field defined by art, new media and architecture.
22.09.2011 - 20.11.2011:
The exhibition consists of fifteen current, contemporary Austrian and international positions of geometric, abstract minimalist art. The contributions represent heterogeneous individual positions which are then linked in such a way that an overview of the great variety of present-day possibilities and trends within the constructivist spectrum can be conveyed. The works are mostly inspired by diverse approaches, intentions and historical references. They are linked by a stylistic motivation towards non-figurative, geometric composition – a possible variant of artistic treatment, rooted in early-20th-century constructivist or concrete trends and still valid – and the century-long history of its development, a frame of reference available to artists today. The selection focuses on recent works in a wide variety of media, ranging form painting through drawing, film, photography, object- and room installation, to animation, (colour/light) projections and acoustical experiments. Modern and unusual materials and resources, such as plexiglass, blacklight and polyester or intricate works of folded paper and massive folded felt creations, are juxtaposed, providing a surprising, exciting and varying image of an art form, still to be discovered in Austria and established in all its diversity and significance. Artists: Hellmut Bruch | Inge Dick | Sabina Hörtner | Manuel Knapp | Suse Krawagna | Eric Kressnig | Zorka L-Weiss | Manfred Mörth | Ingo Nussbaumer | Harald Pompl | Miriam Prantl | Regine Schumann | Gerold Tagwerker | Mar Vicente | Peter Weber
09.06.2011 - 04.09.2011:
focus collection 02. POINTS OF VIEW. Images of mankind
opening: Wednesday, june 8 2011, 7:30 pm | ANSICHTSSACHEN. Menschenbilder [Points of view. Images of mankind] is the second exhibition in the series fokus sammlung [focus on the collection], which aims to review the art collection of the Province and to present it to the public in regular exhibitions. The idea is to show items from the collection in variously themed annual exhibitions and from different perspectives, so that the quality and the variety of the collection can be demonstrated. The image of mankind is bedsides landscape, the principal genre in the collection. The motif of the human figure has held a lasting attraction; the human being – whether in his outward form or in his state of mind, as a physical or an emotional benig, as an individual or in a social context, as an aesthetic or a rational object – has always, in various ways, presented a challenge for artistic examination. The exhibition will present a cross-section of the genre in some 130 works by 60 artists, in the broadest possible spectrum of media, from painting, drawnig and photography to sculptural and electronic techniques. The contributions – from the Biedermeier portrait to present-day representations – are arranged according to the classic categories of portraiture: child, family, female, male, self-portrait, female and male nude, divided into single, double or group picture, and with themes arising from the collection itself. Works from periods up to 200 years apart are juxtaposed; characteristics and qualities are compared, and at the same time a short history given of the development in each theme.
17.03.2011 - 22.05.2011:
CUT Silhouettes. 20 contemporary positions
opening: wednesday march 16 2011, 7 pm The cut-out, found in a wide variety of cultures, has developed over more than a thousand years, starting in China. In the history of European culture, verifiable from about 1600 BC, the art flourished in the 18th- and 19th-century silhouettes. Subsequently, apart from its minor role in artistic experiment, there was little interest in the genre, which survived mainly in traditional craftwork. Only in recent years has it regained relevance and attracted increasing attention in the art world, interesting for the manifold creative possibilities it offers artists, who now exploit these to the full, with innovative interpretations. The ancient art has almost completely broken free of its traditional appearance – the small, two-dimensional paper silhouette –, to conquer three-dimensional space, in which it is realised in a wide range of modern materials, techniques and forms: from the classic paper cut-out to plexiglass, plastic and metal, or textile tableaux. It may appear as a picture, a sculptural object or an installation, subtly lit and staged, projected as a shadow theatre, or as a dynamised image in film and video. In the contemporary context, the cut-out has risen to become a fascinating medium in its own right, far exceeding its original purpose of mimetic or idyllic renderings of the real world, or of pure ornament. Now charged with new significance, it is accepted – beyond all romantic and tradition-bound notions – as a legitimate resource for critical treatment of current artistic and social questions. | ARTISTS: Gabriele Basch, Christian Boltanksi, Ulla von Brandenburg, Felix Droese, Jeanne Faust, Katharina Hinsberg, Werner Hofmeister, Julia Horstmann, Lisa Huber, Gudrun Kampl, William Kentridge, Birgit Knoechl, Philip Loersch, Rupprecht Matthies, Charlotte Mc Gowan Griffin, Melitta Moschik, Olaf Nicolai, Annette Schröter, Stefan Thiel, Kara Walker The exhibition CUT. Cut-outs is realised in collaboration with the Hamburg Kunsthalle.
16.12.2010 - 27.02.2011:
opening: december 15, 2010, 7 p.m. Since the 1970s Ferdinand Penker has consistently developed a unified œuvre based on constructive and concrete ideas formulated under the influence of American Colour Field Painting, Minimal Art and European reductive trends. Painting, its resources, its potential and its general framework are scrutinised and expanded within a self-reflexive process. The work is distinguished by its analytical quality, and through the continuity and relevance of the discourse, which gives the artist a unique position within Austrian Modernist painting. During 1970s, Penker devised a vocabulary and a methodology which are widely varied and gradually intensified within a work. Central to the artistic work are the line – derived from the study of space and architecture – , the structure, and the painting of these components. The serial repetition of identical lines forms two-dimensional arrangements – abstract compositions resulting formally from his method of specific scriptural application of paint, homogenous, minimalist and tending towards the monochrome. The decisive feature is the 1990s extension of painting into three-dimensionality which breaks with the autonomy of the picture and expands the range of possible treatment. Ferdinand Penker was born in Klagenfurt in 1950 and studied medicine and art history in Graz from 1968 to 1972. From 1977 to 1987 he held a teaching post at the University of California in Davis. He now lives and works in Preding, Styria.
23.09.2010 - 28.11.2010:
HEIMAT | DOMOVINA
The concept of "home" [Heimat] has undergone continuous change over the years – from its original definition as a geographical region, its legally relevant significance in relation to property, through its romantic definition, from its transformation from a private to a political concept, all the way to its ideological and emotionally-charged associations – thus becoming an instrument for reflecting historical, social and psychological processes. The exhibition Heimat | Domovina is intended to initiate a contemporary discourse on the subject of "home", carrying out an appraisal of the term on the basis of works by 16 artists from Carinthia and Slovenia. The results, belonging to every area – private, social, historical, political –, show a broad, heterogeneous spectrum of possible approaches to the concept, at the beginning of the 21st century, characterised as it is by globalisation, multi-culturalism, mobility, final location and migration. At the same time, the works show clearly what "home" can signify for the individual, what problems and what advantages may be entailed, what affects the individual, presenting challenges or provoking criticism, as well as what conveys confidence and security or gives rise to nostalgia. Generally, the question raised concerns an up-to-date appreciation of the term "home", apart from its territorial associations – not least the way in which we deal with it, considering on the one hand how it has been horribly misused in our history, and on the other, how it has become well-nigh obsolete in a world highly networked and without boundaries. Artists: JOSEF DABERNIG | INES DOUJAK | WERNER HOFMEISTER | IRWIN | CORNELIUS KOLIG |ERNST LOGAR | INA LOITZL | EVA PETRIČ | TADEJ POGAČAR | MEINA SCHELLANDER | NICOLE SIX & PAUL PETRITSCH | NIKA ŠPAN | JOCHEN TRAAR | PETRA VARL | INGE VAVRA | REIMO WUKOUNIG
03.06.2010 - 05.09.2010:
focus collection 01. Painting and Drawing
focus collection is the title of a new exhibition series which regularly selects different aspects of the collection for closer examination. The aim is to explore the variety and the quality of the entire collection by placing the works in different contexts, showing them as dynamic and constantly changing, according to their nature. At the same time, the Museum is subject to continuous scrutiny of its central responsibility. The current exhibition deals with painting and drawing, the relation between the two genres and their development over the past 150 years. This is demonstrated in a selection of works – many of which are shown here for the first time – by 17 artists with a variety of methods, themes and approaches. The genres are displayed in the whole spectrum of their possibilities, from the ancillary tool of mimetic imaging to autonomous, self-referential resources, and in naturalistic, representational, figurative, abstract and non-representational contexts. Through the instructive chronological concept, the collection is also presented in the context of art history, and attention brought to the cross-regional relevance of the Carinthian artists' work. Artists: Hans Bischoffshausen | Hans (Jean) Egger | Bruno Gironcoli | Giselbert Hoke | Wolfgang Hollegha | Gustav Januš | Anton Kolig | Kurt Kocherscheidt | Alois Köchl | Peter Krawagna | Maria Lassnig | Franz Yang-Močnik | Valentin Oman | Hans Staudacher | Franz Wiegele | Ludwig Willroider | Reimo Wukounig
18.02.2010 - 16.05.2010:
Herbert Boeckl. Retrospective
This exhibition of Herbert Boeckl's work surveys fifty years of modern art production. Despite the historical vicissitudes of two world wars, the artist – a native Carinthian resident in Vienna – maintained throughout decades a continuous development of his project of a modern movement drawing on the Central European and Mediterranean tradition. Several periods of work span a rich spectrum, from the Vienna Secession artists' use of line, through the 1920s reception of the work of Paul Cézanne and the expressive realism of the 1930s, right up to his post-war planes of colour inspired by cubism. With the early Carinthian landscapes, the drawings and paintings of the Anatomy series (1931), and the major cycles from the post-1945 period, the exhibition shows many highlights from this extremely complex œuvre, linking the ideals of the classical modern movement in the era of Egon Schiele and early Oskar Kokoschka right through the international crisis of the avant-garde in the 1930s and '40s with the beginning of "globalised" production in the 1960s. As professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (1935-64) and an influential personality in the art world of the Federal State (1934-38) and the early Second Republic (after 1945), Boeckl – one of the few officially recognised and valued modern Austrian painters – always provided a link between the Austrian art world and international developments. With his mural in the Church of Maria Saal (1929), the great altar triptych (1934-44) and the frescos in the Benedictine Abbey of Seckau (1952-60), Boeckl also made important contributions to modern sacred art
01.10.2009 - 31.01.2010:
Contemporary Photography. New Austrian Positions
The exhibition is contemporary is focussing on photography in Austria, presenting photo artists who are either native to Carinthia or already represented in the Museum collection, as well as on young Austrian photo artists. It gives an insight into current positions and works by graduates of the photography classes at the Vienna Adacemy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts. Thematically arranged the works of the younger generation is placed in a context-related dialogue with photographs by establishe artists. The themes range from socio-political questions and critical perception of the immediate living environment to new approaches to landscape and portraits. Here the focus is on photography as image, and its surface structure between fiction and reality. Film, video and cartoon animation - closely connected twith the photographic image - are represented as well as are interdisciplinary approaches in combination with photography like installative staging, sculpture and room installation as a common trend to many works. Overall, the exhibition shows the wide range of themes, motifs and technical possibilities available in contemporary photography.
03.07.2009 - 13.09.2009:
On Normality. Art from Serbia 1989-2001
Curator: Dejan Sretenović in cooperation with MoCAB Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrad opening: Thursday, July 2, 7 p.m. The exhibition is based on the show On Normality that was showcased in 2005 in the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade. That show is generally regarded as cultural-political milestone in Serbia after the era of Milošević . After the last "Yugoslaw Documenta" in Sarajevo in the summer 1989 and the breakup of Yugoslavia, it represents a first display of ambitious contemporary art on an institutionalised level. It entails a first comprehensive combination of critical artistic positions. which emerged during the Milošević-regime and reflect this era, referring directly or indirectly to political events. In this way, the show achieves that artistic reflection and intellectual processing of a decade marked by wars, ethnic cleansings and general decay that is essential for a socio-political return to so-called normality. The exhibition in MMKK dicusses the immediate past of an European neighbour in view of its artistic production, and thematizes the role and the possibilities of free artistic articulation in hostile ideological surroundings. The attention is drawn towards structures within which political and artistic aspects interfere, and in which remarkable artistic positions reflect collective and personal attitudes and appearances. ARTISTS: Milan Aleksić, Association Apsolutno, Biljana Đurđević, Uroš Đurić, Adrian Kovacs, Zoran Marinković, Goranka Matić, Era Milivojević, Zoran Naskovski, Vladimir Nikolić, Tanja Ostojič, Neša Paripović, Vesna Pavlović, Bálint Szombathy, Talent, Zoran Todorović, Dragoljub Raša Todosijević, Milica Tomić
21.03.2009 - 14.06.2009:
Peter Zimmermann. All You Need
With the advent of new image technologies, the so-called New Media, political, social and artistic paradigms were re-negotiated with reference to visual systems. In his creative work since the mid-1980s, Peter Zimmermann (b 1956) has dealt systematically with the topical question of a satisfactory construction for contemporary art. In the works shown here, covering a period of some twenty years, two reflexive strategies become apparent: the early works (mid-1980s – early 1990s) are based primarily on the concept of covering and simulation, whereas his many "blob paintings" (mid-1990s onwards) derive from a mediatisation of the themes. The focus is on cognitive knowledge of the cultural definitive power of visual pictorial methods. Zimmermann uses various simulative techniques (covering, sampling, remixing) to practise an aesthetic of illusion. The materiality and sensuousness of the symbols are revealed as elements of resistance to semiological legibility, and the images appear as seductively shining events in which the instant of contingency presents itself as a paradigm of the Modern Movement.
28.11.2008 - 15.02.2009:
Arnulf Rainer. Retrospective. Painting in order to end all painting
With almost 100 works, this retrospective gives a representative cross-section of the œuvre of Arnulf Rainer, one of the internationally most significant and radical artists of the modern period. The exhibition begins with the earliest, gesturally abstract "centralisations", shown by the artist in the Klagenfurt Künstlerhaus in 1951. In the mid-1950s, Rainer began his series of "overpaintings", executed on works by friends and on historical prints. His treatment of photographs represents a second basic form of reworking. At the end of the 1970s, there followed the death masks, finger-paintings, Cross paintings and tondi. Rainer kept returning to the themes of death and religion, presented in a dynamic interweaving of form and content. His art initiated a prominent and radical confrontation with Austrian tradition and the European/American discourse on the modern period.
07.07.2008 - 02.11.2008:
K08 - emanzipation-confrontation - temporary art in Carinthia after 1945
With a survey of the development of art from 1945 to the present, the Museum of Modern Art Carinthia is the heart of this major exhibition. The turn to abstract painting is documented with works by Hans Bischoffshausen, Johann Fruhmann, Wolfgang Hollegha, Arnulf Rainer, Hans Staudacher, and others. In addition, the path from figuration to the abstract language of forms is traced with a number of graphic works. Examples of sculptures from Fritz Wotruba’s master class, such as works by Otto Eder, Anton Marcolin, and Hanak’s student Othmar Jaindl, demonstrate the rise of sculpture to an internationally acclaimed avant-garde. This leads into the presentation of the Carinthian artists like Hans Bischoffshausen, Kiki Kogelnik and Maria Lassnig, who sought a confrontation with the international avant-garde after World War II and settled in Vienna, Paris, or New York. When Bruno Gironcoli from Carinthia took over the master class for sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, this marked the beginning of a new era, which was accompanied by the inclusion of new materials and an expansion and transformation of the concept of sculpture. This development is represented with individual positions from Carinthia. Painting from the 1980s and 90s is presented with works by Giselbert Hoke, Gustav Januš, Kurt Kappa Kocherscheidt, Peter Krawagna, Valentin Oman, Wolfgang Walkensteiner, Reimo Wukounig, and others. This is followed by a contemporary section, leading from the essential trends of the 90s up to the present. Artists such as Ernst Logar, Claus Prokop, Heiko Bressnik and Birgit Pleschberger exemplify the interweaving of sculpture and painting with photography, film, and installation. Textile materials are increasingly used in the area of sculpture as a means of expression in more recent object art, presented through works by artists such as Gudrun Kampl, Barbara Bernsteiner, and Edith Payer. The castle chapel forms the framework for the installation “The Last Support” by the artist Johannes Domenig.
05.06.2008 - 29.06.2008:
KunstLandschaft. landscape art in Carinthia
Das MMKK zeigt Landschaftsbilder aus seiner umfangreichen Sammlung. Mit der Auswahl der Werke wird erstmals eine kleine Geschichte der Landschaftsmalerei in der Kärntner Kunst vorgestellt. Es ist die anhaltende Faszination an der Landschaft, die die Künstler über einen Zeitraum von mehr als 150 Jahren inspiriert hat und bis heute zu immer neuen Bildfindungen anregt. Der Bogen spannt sich vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart, führt von den romantisierten, auch sakralisierten Landschaften eines Markus Pernhart über die Auflösung der Form bis hin zur vollständigen Abstraktion im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. In den Werken von Herbert Boeckl, Arnold Clementschitsch, Jean Egger, Sebastian Isepp oder Anton Mahringer bis hin zu den jüngsten Beiträgen von Richard Klammer ist diese Entwicklung sehr schön zu erkennen. KünstlerInnen: Karl Bauer , Werner Berg, Hans Bischoffshausen, Herbert Boeckl, Arnold Clementschitsch, Jean Egger, Felix Esterl, Maximilian Florian, Franz Grabmayr, Sebastian Isepp, Gustav Januš, Richard Klammer, Maks Koželj, Peter Krawagna, Markus Krön, Anton Mahringer, Markus Orsini-Rosenberg, Eduard von Moro, Hermann Poschinger, Markus Pernhart , Arnulf Rainer, Ernst Riederer, Karl Stark, Erich Trost, Ernst Vollbehr, Maja Vukoje, Egon Wucherer, Ludwig Willroider, Willibald Zunk
08.05.2008 - 29.06.2008:
The game of football, which dates back to the ancient world, points to a specific cultural tradition. Football has since become an international cultural asset; footballers such as David Beckham, Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho and of course Zinedine Zidane have risen to the status of superstars, idolised as artists in the field. The boundaries and taboos once evoked have vanished, and football has now assumed a place in the art of Post-Modernism. Under the title "MMKK International Match", the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art presents a series of high-ranking international, national and regional artists. In painting, installations, photos, films and staged productions, they reflect the phenomenon of football – witty, critical, ingenious, and of course playful. works by Stephan Balkenhol (GER), Stefan Banz (SUI), Werner Büttner (GER), Josef Dabernig (AUT), Stephen Dean (FRA), Manfred Erjautz (AUT), Werner Feiersinger (AUT), Thomas Grünfeld (GER), G.R.A.M. (AUT), Julie Henry (GBR), Gudrun Kampl (AUT), Cornelius Kolig (AUT), Markus Krön (AUT), Maria Lassnig (AUT), Olaf Nicolai (GER), Gabriel Orozco (MEX), Simon Patterson (GRB), Roman Signer (SUI)
08.02.2008 - 20.04.2008:
Deliberately running contrary to the general focus on "new figurative" painting, the MMKK is compiling a historical thread of artistic abstraction in the 21st century. The exhibition will include 25 internationally distinguished artistic positions of the second and third post-1945 generations. The artists work at the boundary lines in the Modern Movement, exploring abstraction from new angles and without pathos. In abstract conception – in painting, sculpture and room installations – many of them have recourse to the visual repertoire of historical models, reflecting the ideas of the Classical Modern and its influence on the 20th and 21st centuries. Conventional attributions are made manifest, and the artist's position and artistic concept are critically questioned, together with conditions of reception and the production process itself. In particular, the position of the artist as author or creator is condensed and endowed with meaning far beyond the post-modern gesture of the quotation. All the works stand out by virtue of their unpretentious openness to abstract imagery. Intrinsic elements such as form, surface, colour, light, materiality and space function as symbols with implied significance and a challenge to come to grips with the content. Revealed here are contemporary cultural representational strategies which bring up to date the central themes of modern aesthetic discourse.
25.10.2007 - 20.01.2008:
Hans Staudacher. A retrospective
On the occasion of the 85th birthday of Hans Staudacher, the MMKK is presenting a comprehensive exhibition of works. Staudacher, who enjoys a worldwide reputation, is regarded as the principal Austrian representative of the "lyric informel " style. A native of Villach, he moved to Vienna in 1950, where he still lives. During the period 1954-1962 he was frequent visitor to Paris, the centre of "art informel". Since the early 1950s, Staudacher has created abstract works with lyrical, gestural imagery; there emerges an open yet precise structuring which he consistently takes up and varies. The exhibition offers an overview of Staudacher's Oeuvre, including a considerable numer of works shown in public for the first time.
06.06.2007 - 07.10.2007:
Frammenti dell'Arte Povera
In cooperation with the renowned private collector from Cologne, Reiner Speck, the Museum of Modern Art Carinthia presents for the first time Mario Merz (1925 – 2003) and Jannis Kounellis (born in 1936), two leading proponents of ‘Arte Povera’ (poor art). The presentation of this art movement, which was developed in Italy in the 60s, not only brings the art up to date and refreshes our memories, but, above all, also questions its validity.
23.03.2007 - 20.05.2007:
Blickwechsel No. 3 aus der Sammlung, Kunstankäufe 05/06
In the exhibition blickwechsel No.3 the Museum of Modern Art Carinthia presents at regular intervals the newly purchased art works of the provincial collection. The focus is mainly on new art trends by young Carinthian artists which together provide an impressive and comprehensive overview of the regional art scene.
23.03.2007 - 20.05.2007:
Donald Baechler, sculpture and painting; Blickwechsel No. 3 aus der Sammlung, Kunstankäufe 05/06
Donald Baechler, sculpture and painting For the first time in Europe the Museum of Modern Art Carinthia features a comprehensive exhibition by the renowned American artist Donald Baechler. In his work Baechler, born in 1956, concentrates on a few symbolic motifs which he selects from varying contexts and interprets in his unique way. The openness of his objects relates well to modern times and makes engaging with his art an interesting experience.
23.11.2006 - 25.02.2007:
Giselbert Hoke - NADA
The Museum of Modern Art in Carinthia is presenting almost 100 paintings made by Giselbert Hoke in the exhibition NADA. Hoke, who was born in Bohemia and is nearly 80 years old, became famous overnight in 1956 for the frescoes he produced in the hall of the railway station in Klagenfurt - for which he became, initially, rejected. He has been living permanently in Carinthia since 1961. At the centre of the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Carinthia, there are 22 recent large-format works on canvas which, with a few exceptions, have never been presented in public. They are, as Hoke himself says, "completely non-representational, abstract, and unnamed, the subject of which is the picture itself ..." They represent an unprecedented quality in the artist's work, and surprise those who know his work, while still carrying the artist's unmistakable trademark. Small-format paintings, partly - although merely coded - graphic paintings on paper, which were created in the last few years or earlier, complete them and illustrate Hoke's method of work. They originate from the subject areas of figure and landscape, and illustrate his path to abstraction. Curator of the exhibition and editor of the richly illustrated book which will be published on the occasion of the exhibition is Wieland Schmied.
10.09.2006 - 05.11.2006:
facing 1200°, Glasskulpturen der Berengo Collection, Venezia
The tradition of Murano art glass and modernity: a dream made true by Adriano Berengo through the Berengo Collection, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year. The collection i the result of the magical encounter of several artists from all over the world with glass. This age-old material, for its brighness, fluidity and transparency, perfectly suits contemporary art needs and utopian ideals. The artist's poetic intuition, combined with the Murano glass masters's know-how, is the alchemy which brings into being over 300 stunning sculptures which will be displayed for the first time ever at the Museum of Modern Art in Klagenfurt. artists: Henrik Allert, Elvira Bach, Luigi Benzoni, Ernst Billgren, Sergio Bovenga, Martin Bradley, Dusciana Bravura, Mark Brusse, Pino Castagna, James Coignard, Reinhoud D'Haese, Erik Dietmann, Paul Flora, Gerda Gruber, Adi Holzer, Ursula Huber, Marya Kazoun, Christoph Kiefhaber, Koji Kinutani, Kiki Kogelnik, Riccardo Licata, Bengt Lindström, Roberto Matta, Aldo Mondino, Irene Naef, Teruo Onuma, Irene Rezzonico, Juan Ripollés, Sandro Sergi, Shozo Shimamoto, Lolita Timofeeva, Imai Toshimitsu, Hannes Van Es, Jan Van Oost, Michel Van Overbeeke, Koen Vanmechelen, Claude Venard, Silvio Vigliaturo, Luciano Zarotti, Robert Zeppel-Sperl, Tatiana Zhurkov
14.06.2006 - 27.08.2006:
BIS HEUTE - Zwei Jahrhunderte moderner Kunst in Kärnten
UP TO NOW - two hundred years of modern art in Carinthia
16.02.2006 - 28.05.2006:
Maria Lassnig - body awareness painting
Maria Lassnig is considered to be one of the most important and signigicant contemporary artists of international renown. The exhibition, based on the holdings of the Essl Collection, comprises works from the mid-60s until 2003. The exhibition focuses on paintings, this selection is supplemented by the presentation of films and sculptures. In a significant collection between reality and fiction, Maria Lassnig produces striking and sensitive symbols which mark her artist position.
20.10.2005 - 22.01.2006:
Johann Fruhmann - a retrospective
On the 20th anniversary of Johann Fruhmann's death the MMKK shows a retrospective on this Carinthian artist, who used to be quite reknowed in his lifetime, for the past few years wrongfully having fallen in oblivion though.
22.09.2005 - 22.01.2006:
In der Ausstellung steht das Verhältnis von Farbe und Raum in den unterschiedlichen Gattungen und Medien im Zentrum. Die Künstler Thomas Baumann, Hans Jacoby, Flora Neuwirth, Peter Pommerer, Robert Schaberl und Esther Stocker thematisieren und reflektieren im Rahmen ihrer aktuellen Kunstproduktion die räumliche Dimension von Farbsetzungen im Raum. Die künstlerischen Beiträge zeichnen sich allesamt durch ihre Offenheit gegenüber konventionellen Praktiken aus. Gattungsgrenzen werden aufgehoben, implizite Bildhierarchien und traditionelle Praktiken der Sinnstiftung unterlaufen und in raumbezogene formale Strukturen übertragen, die eine andere Leseart eröffnen. In den installativen Inszenierungen werden unterschiedliche Facetten von räumlichen Farbsetzungen vorgestellt: der meditative Farbraum, die bildliche Simulation einer räumlichen Ansicht, der imaginäre Raum, die raumgreifende Papiercollage, der abstrakte Raum im konkreten Raum, der immaterielle Lichtraum und der begehbare Farbraum. Die Installationen erscheinen als dreidimensionale Wahrnehmungsräume, die aufgrund der räumlich evozierten Erfahrung den Betrachter unmittelbar in das Kunstwerk einbinden.
16.06.2005 - 28.08.2005:
Herold, geb. 1947 in Jena, zählt zu den erfolgreichsten deutschen Künstlern der letzten zwei Jahrzehnte. In seinen Werken besticht er durch seine individuelle und originelle Kunstpraxis, in der er sich auch kritisch und humorvoll mit den Mechanismen des Kunstsystems auseinandersetzt. Die in enger Zusammenarbeit mit dem Künstler erarbeitete Werkschau bietet erstmalig einen Überblick über das Heroldsche Oeuvre, gezeigt werden mehr als 70 Arbeiten aus den letzten zwanzig Jahren. Zur Ausstellung erscheint ein umfangreicher, reich illustrierter Katalog, der einen umfassenden Überblick über das Gesamtkunstwerk gibt. Die Ausstellung ist eine Kooperation mit der Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden und dem Kunstverein Hannover.
16.03.2005 - 29.05.2005:
Interior View - Künstler erforschen die Sprache der Architektur
Elf internationale KünstlerInnen setzen sich mit Architektur auseinander und stellen ihre individuellen Referenzen zur Disposition. Die einzelnen Werke geben einen guten Einblick, wie Architektur subjektiv und künstlerisch wahrgenommen werden kann. Indem sich die KünstlerInnen die Formensprache der Architektur – d.h. Pläne, Modelle und Fotografien von Gebäuden – aus künstlerischer Perspektive aneignen, vereinnahmen sie formale Eigenschaften als auch Konzepte und übersetzen diese in aussagekräftige emotionale bzw. psychologische Metaphern. Einige haben sich zum Ziel gesetzt, die Erinnerung an bestimmte (selbst erlebte oder in der kollektiven Geschichte verankerte) Orte wachzurufen, andere stellen das Medium der Architektur mit seinem Vokabular und seinen Konventionen grundsätzlich in Frage. Interior View präsentiert eine Reihe von ausgewählten Arbeiten, die sich mit architektonischen Formen, der Wahrnehmung und Projektion in Form zweidimensionaler Flächen (Silke Schatz, Pascal Danz, Clare Goodwin, Catherine Yass) oder anhand der Plastizität der Skulptur (Thomas Schütte, Langlands & Bell, Toby Paterson, Monique Kwist) auseinander setzen und die Beziehung zwischen Gebäude und Mensch, zwischen räumlicher Struktur und Identität sichtbar werden lassen.
16.03.2005 - 29.05.2005:
change of view n°2
Parallel zur Ausstellung Interior View zeigt das MMKK in der zweiten Auflage der Reihe blickwechsel die Kunstankäufe 2004. Jedes Jahr werden neue Arbeiten für die Sammlung erworben. Der Ankauf erfolgt einerseits aus den Mitteln des Bundes, der sogenannten Galerienförderung, mit der Richtlinie zeitgenössische Kunst in österreichischen Galerien zu erwerben. Andererseits werden die Ankäufe über eine Ausschreibung des Landes Kärnten getätigt, wobei eine international besetzte Jury die Auswahl bestimmt. Künstlerliste Ute Aschbacher, Alexandra Brandl, Ines Doujak, Sissi Farassat, Werner Feiersinger, Peter Kogler, Robert Kummer, Maria Lassnig, Markus Orsini-Rosenberg, Hans Schabus, Nina Rike Springer, Bernhard Tragut, Maja Vukoje
25.11.2004 - 20.02.2005:
blickwechsel aus der sammlung n°1
Die Ausstellung Blickwechsel. Aus der Sammlung n°1 ist der Auftakt einer Ausstellungsreihe, die zukünftig in immer unterschiedlichen Formaten die Werke aus der Sammlung des Landes Kärnten vorstellen wird. In der ersten Auflage steht das facettenreiche Spektrum der Sammlung im Vordergrund. Der Fokus liegt auf der Kunst der Nachkriegszeit, von den 60er Jahren bis heute. Bekannte Namen wie Bruno Gironcoli, Maria Lassnig, Hermann Nitsch und Arnulf Rainer treten in einen spannungsreichen Dialog mit jungen, aktuellen Positionen wie zum Beispiel Hans Schabus, Karin Sulimma und Tanja Widmann. Die unterschiedlichen Medien, Film- und Videoinstallationen neben traditionellen Bildtechniken wie Malerei und Grafik, stellen den Moment der Betrachtung ins Zentrum und laden Sie ein, immer wieder einen Blick zu riskieren und Neues zu entdecken.
16.05.2004 - 17.10.2004:
„Eremiten-Kosmopoliten“ zeigt an vier Standorten einen Überblick und vertiefende Aspekte zur Entwicklung der modernen Malerei in Kärnten. MMKK – Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Burggasse Von den Anfängen bis zum „Anschluss“ Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Theatergasse Vom Zweiten Weltkrieg bis zum Staatsvertrag Werner Berg-Galerie, Bleiburg Expressionismus und Melancholie: Werner Berg, Emil Nolde und die Neulandkünstler Museum des Nötscher Kreises, Nötsch im Gailtal Am Ursprung der Moderne: Kärntner Maler in Paris und am Mittelmeer Der Titel der Großausstellung bezieht sich auf die typischen Lebensverhältnisse moderner Künstler in diesem Land: Einerseits brachte das Sehnsuchtsbild einer erfolgreichen Karriere in den Weltmetropolen bedeutende Kärntner Maler wie Herbert Boeckl, Jean Egger, Maria Lassnig, Hans Staudacher oder Hans Bischoffshausen dazu, sich in Wien, Paris oder New York niederzulassen. Andererseits verführte die Verheißung einer authentischen künstlerischen Produktion in ursprünglichen Lebenswelten schon seit den Zeiten der bayerischen Brüder Willroider einige bedeutende, außerhalb Kärntens aufgewachsene Künstler wie Anton Kolig, Anton Mahringer und Werner Berg dazu, sich hier anzusiedeln. Neben diesen endgültigen Lebensentscheidungen gab es als drittes Modell typischer Kärntner Malerbiografien auch Künstler wie Franz Wiegele, Arnold Clementschitsch, Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel, Erich Heckel, Stefan Pichler, Willibald Zunk, Reinhold Krassnig, Arnulf Rainer und Giselbert Hoke, die phasenweise oder zwischen ausgedehnten Reisen, durch kurze oder längere Lebensperioden, zur Kultivierung Kärntens als zweitem österreichischem Zentrum moderner Malerei neben Wien beitrugen. Dieses Kommen und Gehen, diese Migrationsdynamik wird auch im Corporate Design der Ausstellung durch Pfeilmotive ausgedrückt. Die Ausstellung wird von Dr. Agnes Husslein-Arco (Direktorin Museum der Moderne Salzburg) und Univ. Prof. Dr. Matthias Boeckl (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien) kuratiert und zeigt mit über 400 Leihgaben aus zahlreichen nationalen sowie internationalen privaten und öffentlichen Sammlungen (siehe Liste) erstmals die Hauptwerke der modernen Malerei Kärntens in einem chronologisch und thematisch gegliederten Überblick.
17.02.2004 - 18.04.2004:
Sammlung Liaunig - 13 Kärntner Positionen nach 1945
Das Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten zeigt von 17. Februar bis 18. April 2004 ausgewählte Werke von dreizehn Kärntner Künstler und Künstlerinnen aus der Sammlung Liaunig. Der renommierte Unternehmer Dkfm. Herbert Liaunig, geboren 1945 in Radenthein in Kärnten, hat in den vergangenen vier Jahrzehnten eine bemerkenswerte Kunstsammlung zusammengetragen. Mit insgesamt mehr als 2000 Werken zählt diese zu den umfangreichsten Privatsammlungen Österreichs. Der Sammlungsschwerpunkt liegt in der Kunst nach 1945, zeitgenössische Malerei, Grafik und Skulptur, vor allem österreichischer aber auch internationaler Künstler. Die zurzeit eingelagerten Arbeiten sollen in Zukunft in einem neuen Museum, das in Neuhaus in Kärnten errichtet werden soll, auf Dauer der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht werden. Quasi als Vorausschau bietet nun das Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten erstmals einen Einblick in die private Sammlung Liaunig. Es wurden 13 Kärntner Künstler und Künstlerinnen ausgewählt, die chronologisch geordnet, jeweils in einem Raum der Ausstellung umfassend vorgestellt werden. Die Künstler und Künstlerinnen repräsentieren fundamentale Positionen der nationalen sowie der internationalen Kunstentwicklung in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Zu sehen sind Werke der österreichischen Nachkriegsavantgarde, von Arnulf Rainer, Maria Lassnig, Hans Staudacher und Johann Fruhmann, der Vertreter internationaler Bewegungen wie Hans Bischoffshausen, der Protagonisten spezieller österreichischer Phänomene wie etwa Wolfgang Hollegha und Kurt Kocherscheidt, Werke der Plastiker Otto Eder und Bruno Gironcoli, Rauminstallationen von Cornelius Kolig und Meina Schellander und zeitgenössische Malerei von Johann Julian Taupe und Johanes Zechner. Im Foyer des Museums Moderner Kunst Kärnten werden - Parallel zur Ausstellung - die Entwürfe für das geplante Museum Neuhaus, die von fünf geladenen Top-Architektenteams ausgearbeitet wurden und die von 5. Februar bis 11 Februar 2004 im Architekturzentrum/ Museumsquartier in Wien ausgestellt sind, präsentiert.
23.10.2003 - 31.01.2004:
0 1 2 view - Kunstankäufe 2000/01/02 im Kontext der Sammlung
Durch eine konsequente Sammlungsstrategie soll vor allem eine qualitätvolle Sammlung aufgebaut werden und eine ständige Aktualisierung des Bestandes erfolgen. Zugleich wird dadurch ein öffentlicher Bildungsauftrag wahrgenommen, das Schaffen der KünstlerInnen und die Tätigkeit der privaten Galerien – die einen fundamentalen Teil der Kulturarbeit leisten – anerkannt und gefördert. Die aktuellen Neuzugänge der Jahre 2000, 2001 und 2002, die von 37 Künstlern und Künstlerinnen angekauft wurden, werden gemeinsam mit ausgewählten Werken ausgestellt, die von den einzelnen KünstlerInnen bereits in der Sammlung des Landes Kärnten vorhanden sind. Durch dieses Konzept sollen formale und inhaltliche Bezüge zwischen den unterschiedlichen Arbeiten des eigenen Œuvres sowie zu den Werken der anderen KünstlerInnen hergestellt werden. Die Ausstellung soll die Neuerwerbungen als sinnvolle Ergänzungen und logische Erweiterungen des Bestandes darstellen. Ziel der Ausstellung ist, das hohe Niveau der Sammlung, das durch eine seriöse Ankaufstätigkeit konstant gewährleistet wird und werden soll, zu präsentieren. Nicht zuletzt sollen die Neuerwerbungen der interessierten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht und die Sensibilität für die Wahrnehmung zeitgenössischer Kunst geschärft werden. Benétik Rudi / Bogner Wolfgang / Bolt Catrin / Bressnik Heiko / Bressnik Uwe / Caroline / Cassini Theres / Druml Helga / Deutschbauer/Spring / Ebner Armin / Gironcoli Bruno / Hoke Tomas / Kampl Gudrun / Kollnitz Roland / Kos Michael / Krawagna Suse / Loitzl Ina / Maier Elke / Michenthaler Burgi / Moschik Melitta / Oman Valentin / Paulitsch Eva / Penker Ferdinand / Petschnig Maria / Pototschnik Ingrid / Reichmann Wolfgang / Russ Fritz / Schabus Hans / Schellander Meina / Schwarz Michael / Sulimma Karin / Traar Jochen / Tschachler-Nagy Gerhild / Tusch Gerold / Weiss-Richter Gertrud / Zechner Johanes / Zobernig Heimo
29.06.2003 - 05.10.2003:
Alex Katz. Cutouts
Das neu eröffnete Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten zeigt in seiner aktuellen Sommerausstellung die Werke des bekannten amerikanischen Künstlers Alex Katz. Unbeirrt von den abstrakten Tendenzen der modernen amerikanischen Malerei geht Katz seit den 50-er Jahren konsequent seinen eigenen Weg und bleibt der realistischen, figürlichen Gestaltung treu. Und dennoch irritieren uns diese zunächst so einfach und klar wirkenden „Cutouts“ und geben Anlass dazu, die eigene Wahrnehmung der Wirklichkeit in Frage zu stellen.