Collector and artist. The exhibition presents the impressive spectrum of artistic work of the last 40 years in Austria based on works that come exclusively from female artists: 27 Austrian artists, from painting as well as photography, sculptures and video and light installations.
curated by Agnes Essl
With the exhibition >die andere sicht< [the other view] Agnes Essl presents works by 27 Austrian artists. She is curating the exhibition herself, and thereby puts the focus on the relationship between the woman as a collector and the female artist. The exhibition presents the impressive spectrum of artistic work of the last 40 years in Austria based on works that come exclusively from female artists. The works in the exhibition come on the one hand from the Essl Collection and on the other hand from very current works from the studios. On show are positions from painting as well as photography, sculptures and video and light installations – innovative and experimental works that beyond the conventionally known make it possible to discover a great deal that is new and rarely seen and present contemporary art in an imaginative way.
Depth and breadth
In the exhibition, artistic works can be discovered that represent both the breadth of the Essl Collection as well as, in particular, its high quality and depth. Thus the selection of female artists ranges from Maria Lassnig, Florentina Pakosta, Birgit Jürgenssen and VALIE EXPORT to Eva Schlegel, Johanna Kandl and Brigitte Kowanz as well as Xenia Hausner, Barbara Szüts, Gudrun Kampl and Elke Krystufek, and to younger artists such as Karen Holländer and Bianca Regl. Agnes Essl is presenting her personal selection of Austrian female artists from the collection as part of the 15th anniversary of the Essl Museum.
For the collector, it was particularly important in the conception of this exhibition not just to draw on the holdings of her own collection but also to take a look at the most recent work of female artists. She therefore visited many female artists in their studios and chose the current loans for the exhibition.
Purely a woman’s business?
In her more than 40 years as a collector of contemporary art Agnes Essl has primarily dedicated herself to the promotion of women artists. With the exhibition >die andere sicht< the Essl Museum presents this area of the collection and in the process shows the women artists’ view of the world and the self. Is a different view evident in the works? And if it is, what does it consist of? Does it manifest itself in the choice of themes, a specific formal or compositional way of expression, or is this question even obsolete? Works by 30 contemporary Austrian female artists invite a discussion of this and of many other perspectives.
Own view, other view
“In my exhibition I would like to deal with two aspects of the female perspective. On the one hand the way I as a female collector view female artists. I have always sought a closeness to female artists, held personal conversations with them, and often friendships have developed out of this. I have always considered it important that female artists should have an important place in this collection. On the other hand the exhibition is concerned with the fact that women have a different view of life, art and the world than men do,” says Agnes Essl.
Artists in the exhibition
Astrid Bechtold, Brigitte Bruckner, Helga Druml, VALIE EXPORT, Ilse Haider, Xenia Hausner, Karen Holländer, Martha Jungwirth, Birgit Jürgenssen, Gudrun Kampl, Johanna Kandl, Andrea Kasamas, Kiki Kogelnik, Brigitte Kowanz, Elke Krystufek, Maria Lassnig, Marie Luise Lebschik, Franka Lechner, Anna Meyer, Florentina Pakosta, Bianca Regl, Meina Schellander, Eva Schlegel, Deborah Sengl, Barbara Szüts, Barbara Vögel, Eva Wagner
A lavishly illustrated catalogue will be published for the exhibiton with an interview between Agnes Essl and Adelheid Sonderegger, and contributions by Silvie Aigner, Freda Meissner-Blau and Andreas Hoffer.
The art education team offers guided tours and workshops on the exhibition. Further offers on the exhibition can also be found at: www.essl.museum / Kunstvermittlung
Free shuttle bus
Visitors can take the free shuttle-bus service from the centre of Vienna, Albertinaplatz 1, to the Essl Museum. Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00, 12.00, 14.00 and16.00, return from the Essl Museum at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00 and 18.00. The Schömer House is ca. 600m from the Essl Museum; maps of the area are available at the reception.
Exhibition organisation: Andreas Hoffer
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Press conference: Tuesday, 18 Mar. 2014, 10.00
Opening: Tuesday, 18 Mar. 2014, 19.30
An der Donau-Au 1 - 3400 Klosterneuburg / Vienna
Tue - Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Adults 9 Euro
Reduced tickets * 6 Euro
Seniors (with ID) 6 Euro
Families (2 adults with children) 12 Euro
Groups - per person (from 15 pax up) 7 Euro
Free entry: people under 19 years of age, students, unemployed persons