Ai Weiwei, Artist as Invidia, 2022 / Photo: OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH, Michael Maritsch
Ai Weiwei: Transcending Borders
Jun 13 – Oct 27, 2024
OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH
Bad Ischl, Austria

Works by the renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (*1957), in which he sometimes refers to the earliest Chinese dynasties, stand alongside important archaeological finds from the Hallstatt period (800-450 BC) and create a unique space for a dialogue between art and history, a fascinating encounter between two worlds. The Hallstatt culture, an important prehistoric culture in Central Europe, left behind impressive archaeological finds. The exhibition shows a selection of these discoveries, including ceramics, jewelry and tools from the collections of the Upper Austrian Provincial Museum, giving visitors an insight into the life and culture of the Hallstatt period.

The exhibition presents these objects not only as historical artifacts, but also as a connection to our ancestors and as a source of inspiration for contemporary art. The archaic works of art by Ai Weiwei, presented in showcases specially designed by him, ingeniously complement the collection. The result is an exciting dialogue that raises questions about identity, tradition and human heritage. In the Kaiserpark, a captivating encounter unfolds between the Marmorschlössl and the wooden beam construction of an original Chinese manor house from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911 n. AD), while the monumental zodiac heads by Ai Weiwei enter into a dialogue with the imperial villa. Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads represent a reinterpretation of the fountain figures that once stood in front of the imperial summer palace in Beijing and were destroyed during the First Opium War (1839–1842). Now they stand in correspondence with the summer residence of the former Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I in Bad Ischl, where he signed the declaration of war against Serbia which led to a global tragedy. Despite the differences between the two cultures, the juxtaposition makes it clear how closely connected they are.

Ai Weiwei: Transcending Borders
Jun 13 – Oct 27, 2024
OO Landes-Kultur GmbH
Bad Ischl, Austria

  • Rencontres d’Arles 2024
    Beneath The Surface
    Jul 1 – Sep 29, 2024
    Arles, France

    Tremors and turmoil, spirits, traces, parallel readings and rereadings all constitute new perspectives underlying the 2024 edition of the Rencontres d’Arles. Photographers, artists and curators reveal their visions and stories, not least that of our humanity, by turns thwarted, in endless redefinition, resilient, but also visionary. Whether on the margins or established at the center, the narratives lead to divergent, multiple paths, all emanating from the faults in a porous surface: they intertwine, superimpose and overlap. (more…)

  • Patrick Weldé: Freiheit
    Goswell Road

    On the occasion of our exhibition with Weldé at CFAlive Milan L’AMOUR TOUJOURS, we publish a new edition of the previously sold-out book that we produced with Weldé in 2017, FREIHEIT. All of the photographs in FREIHEIT were taken by Weldé on disposable cameras between 2011-2015. They show a tender side to the artist and his friend circle, and the purest form of trust. (more…)

  • Miles Aldridge
    Featured Profile

    Miles Aldridge’s hyperreal women have long been a focal point of his instantly recognizable color-blown images. With a bulging portfolio of more than two decades’ work, he has shot everyone from models of the moment Siri Tollerød and Cara Delevingne, to supermodel iconoclasts, such as ex-wife Kristen McMenamy. (more…)

Visit our New Announcement Submission page > Announcement Submission page >