Iraqi Children's Art Exchange
Ferdinand van Kessel
Erik van Lieshout
Willem de Rooij
The exhibition explores the artistic confrontation with the fears of our time across a broad affective and socio-political spectrum. The artists in this exhibition address these fears in terms of a history of ideas, but also their specific psychological manifestations. Consequently, spectacular scenarios and their collective processing are less dominant than various individual forms of anxiety.
Curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Cathérine Hug
The representation of fear and terror, of the anxious and the disturbed, is a prevalent motif in art history. It is also present in the practices of a younger generation of artists who act as a barometer, responding to social change with a new set of fears and insecurities. Without a subjectively experienced threat there is no fear; without external stimuli an inner world filled with fear is unimaginable. Particularly since 9/11 and the financial crisis, fear and uncertainty are omnipresent in our daily lives. Moreover, they are increasingly used as political instruments that permeate the rhetoric of security and threat.
The exhibition Salon der Angst explores the artistic confrontation with the fears of our time across a broad affective and socio-political spectrum. Fear is here understood as a response to those aspects of the present that we do not know how to deal with it. The artists in this exhibition address these fears in terms of a history of ideas, but also their specific psychological manifestations. Consequently, spectacular scenarios and their collective processing are less dominant than various individual forms of anxiety. As these form the basis of political and economic instrumentalisation and in turn are used as subtle strategies of manipulation, the familiar sensation of fear is transformed into a symptom characteristic of our time. With Salon der Angst, the Kunsthalle Wien presents an exhibition platform that questions the state of the modern subject on many levels.
Accompanying the exhibition will be an extensive public program with contributions from leading figures in the humanities and social sciences. In a salon within this ‘salon’, the nature of fear today will be discussed in ten themed evenings through film screenings and lectures.
A symposium at the end of the exhibition featuring, amongst others, the renowned literary theorist, philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva, will discuss further aspects of this extensive topic.
Participating artists include (amongst others): Nel Aerts, Özlem Altin, Kader Attia, Gerard Byrne, Los Carpinteros, James Ensor, Ieva Epnere, Harun Farocki, Marina Faust, Didier Faustino, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Rainer Ganahl, Agnès Geoffray, Thomas Hirschhorn, Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange, Cameron Jamie, Jesse Jones, Dorota Jurczak, Ferdinand van Kessel, Bouchra Khalili, Eva Kotátková, Nicolas Kozakis / Raoul Vaneigem, Alfred Kubin, Erik van Lieshout, Jen Liu, Marko Lulić, Fabian Marti, Florin Mitroi, Marcel Odenbach, Jane Ostermann-Petersen, Francis Picabia, Willem de Rooij, Allan Sekula, Zin Taylor, Noam Toran, Kerry Tribe, Peter Wächtler, Jeff Wall, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, Tobias Zielony
Image: Agnès Geoffray, Night 3, 2005 (Fotografie aus der Serie/photography from series: Nights, 2005-2007), © Agnès Geoffray, Courtesy Agnès Geoffray
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Press conference: Thursday, September 5, 2013, 10 am
Opening: Thursday, September 5, 2013, 7 pm
Kunsthalle Wien GmbH
Museumsplatz 1 - 1070 Wien, Austria
Daily 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
General € 12
Reduced* € 9
Students/apprentices € 2
Children (under 10) free
Groups (min. 10 persons) € 7
Family ticket € 20
Annual ticket € 29
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