10th anniversary exhibitions

10th anniversary exhibitions

Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Etel Adnan, Landscape with Mountains, 2014. Oil on canvas, 33 x 41 cm. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

November 12, 2014

10th anniversary exhibitions

Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Moenchsberg 32
5020 Salzburg
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm, Wednesday 10am–8pm, during festival seasons also Monday 10am–6pm

info [​at​] mdmsalzburg.at


The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is celebrating its ten-year anniversary of the new building with five high-caliber exhibitions: Etel Adnan’s first show in Austria, a large group of new works by Isa Genzken, a new presentation of the collection, and two thematic exhibitions.

Systems & Subjects
October 25, 2014–May 3, 2015
After the inaugural and successful presentation of selected works from the newly acquired Generali Foundation Collection, the second show in this rotating series with works from the collections sets the stage for inspiring encounters between the various holdings. The museum has embarked on a research of artworks from the collection related to Systems & Subjects that ranges from the early 20th century to the present. The exhibition will feature works by artists such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz, and Max Klinger in dialogue with works by Bruno Gironcoli, Harun Farocki, Hans Haacke, Mary Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Juliús Koller, Anna Oppermann, Martha Rosler, Allan Sekula, Franz West, Heimo Zobernig among many others. A selection from the inaugural donation of a collection of prints to the museum (founded in 1983) is juxtaposed with conceptual and feminist artworks from the 1960s to the present including recent gifts of works by Lynn Herhsman and Andreas Siekmann. 

Dance of Hands. Tilly Losch and Hedy Pfundmayr in Photographs 1920–1935
November 14, 2014–February 15, 2015
An evening of dance in the context of the Salzburg Festival 1927 provides the starting point for an inter-disciplinary research on “a cult of hands” through photography: Tilly Losch (1903–1975) and Hedy Pfundmayr (1899–1965), two outstanding solo dancers from the Vienna State Opera, performed unusual choreographies there in which they simply moved their hands. The exhibition follows the traces left by these dances in the two ballerinas’ biographies, which shaped their image in photography and film. 

Etel Adnan
Writing Mountains
November 15, 2014–March 8, 2015
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg presents, for the first time in Austria, the versatile work of writer, poet, artist, and cultural journalist Etel Adnan, born 1925 in Beirut (Lebanon). In 1959, Etel Adnan, then already active as a writer, begins to paint and draw and subsequently starts to create accordion-fold artist’s books, tapestries, and Super 8mm films. The exhibition comprises roughly 200 works including a selection of Adnan’s early color field paintings reminiscent of architecture. On two evenings, The Adnan Songbook for soprano and ensemble (1992–1996),  based on Eight Love Poems by Etel Adnan with music by Gavin Bryars, will be performed.

Isa Genzken
New Works
November 22, 2014–February 22, 2015
This focus exhibition is the public début of a new ensemble of about 20 sculptures created by the celebrated German artist Isa Genzken for this occasion. A leading artist of our time, Isa Genzken has developed a major body of work in the postwar German context, but also in a critical dialogue with both European and American art. In her highly idiosyncratic approach and an unmistakable idiom she surprises us again with a new ensemble of sculptures that—as Genzken describes it— “represent a film scene, that have the quality of a model, not sculptures in the traditional sense, but in a flow of figures and perspective.” 

November 29, 2014–March 15, 2014
This exhibition is highlighting a selection of works from the Austrian Federal Photography Collection—on permanent loan at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg—put in dialogue with international artists and works of expanded photography. Driven by technical inventions the creation of a self-portrait via self-timer is a popular practice and shown in the release cables appearing in compositions, the digital remote-control release, or the extended hand. Thus the exhibition presents the omnipresent theme of photographic self-depiction throughout various generations within the context of a media-critical art history and continues to the present day. A reenactment of Martha Wilson’s Selfportrait (1973) by the artist and a performance of DISBAND will be featured at the opening of the exhibition.

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