"Traces" presents a comprehensive overview, with roughly 150 central works in diverse media ranging from photography, film, and sculpture through to drawing. Coinciding with it will be an extensive holdings of works related to the so-called Viennese Actionism, along with works by women artists who put forth an entirely different image of the body and of women. A selection of these works will be presented.
Stephanie Rosenthal, Chief Curator of the Hayward Gallery, and Sabine Breitwieser, Director, with Tina Teufel, Curator, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Ana Mendieta is among the most important and influen tial artists of our era. She was born in 1948 in Cuba, and was sent by her parents a t the age of twelve, together with her sister, to be raised in the United States. She di ed in New York in 1985, at the age of thirty-six. Her pioneering work has been acknowl edged by large retrospectives in the United States and Europe, and is represented in t he collections of major museums. Long overdue in the German-speaking area, especially in Austria, are a comprehensive exhibition and German monograph on Ana Mendieta. The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview, with roughly 150 central works in diverse media ranging from photography, film, and sculpture throu gh to drawing. A large section of the show will present the artist’s archive: slides and photographs, notebooks and postcards will be specially prepared for the exhibi tion.
Ana Mendieta devotes her work to a search for her or igins and identity. In the course of her brief career—and likewise short life—the art ist created a radical and original oeuvre in which her interest in the correlation of ritual and sculpture, body and nature became manifest. Using her own body in connection w ith elementary materials, such as blood, fire, earth, and water, she created “body prints,” and ephemeral “earth body-” sculptures. In these, Mendieta explored them atic complexes such as life and death, rebirth and spiritual transformation. The p ain and rupture caused by cultural displacement and exile are clearly legible in sever al of her works. For example, the outline of the artist’s body is wiped away by black powder, fireworks, or water.
Mendieta shapes depictions of ancient goddesses in the sand, scratches them into rocks, and draws them in clay or on leaves. While t he artistic media that Mendieta uses in her works could not be any more diverse, th e images that she produces are characterized by a distinctive, overwhelming, and m ystical poetics.
The exhibition has been organized by the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in cooperation with the Hayward Gallery, London, where Ana Mendieta. Traces was shown from September 24 to December 15, 2013.
Exhibition architecture: Kuehn Malvezzi, Berlin
Catalogues have been published by Hayward Publishing, London (English edition) and Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern (German edition)
In Dialogue: Viennese Actionism
With Renate Bertlmann, Günter Brus, VALIE EXPORT, Adolf Frohner, Anestis Logothetis, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch, Friederike Pezold, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler
Curators: Sabine Breitwieser, Director, with Barbara Herzog, Assistant Curator, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
For the first time, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is devoting a special exhibition to artists and works from the collection associated with so-called Viennese Actionism.
In addition, one space will exhibit works by women artists who introduce an entirely different concept of the body and a new image of wo men, while connecting it with a media critique. This special focus on the Museum d er Moderne Salzburg’s collection provides access to astonishing holdings; impressive in range and with hitherto rarely shown material. Thus its diversity makes us readin g a history of the representation of body-based art and its various articulations in the museum context during the past decades.
This exhibition will take place parallel to the ret rospective of Ana Mendieta and in dialogue with her work. During her studies with Han s Breder at the Intermedia Program of the School of Art and Art History at the Un iversity of Iowa, USA, which Breder ran from 1968 for more than three decades, Me ndieta came into contact with the work of artists such as Vito Acconci, Mary Beth Ede lson, Hans Haacke, Allan Kaprow, and Robert Wilson, but also with the Viennese Actionists. Clear resonances are evident in Mendieta’s performances and artistic practice. A few of the connections that we are able to recognize today are —to name a few—the radical use of the body as artistic means, the precise selectio n of photographs assigned the task of mediating performance-based works in the gallery context, and the experimental use of concepts and disciplines.
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 2:30–7:30 p.m.
On the occasion of these two exhibitions — Ana Mendieta. Traces and In Dialogue: Viennese Actionism — the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is organizing a symposium in which the exhibited artists and works will be examined as prime case studies of body- and performance-based art, along with their implementation in art institutions.
Christine Forstner T +43 662 842220-601 M +43 664 8549983 email@example.com
Opening: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 11 a.m.
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