Simon Brugner, Blüten (Chaenomeles speciosa), 2023. From the series “Begreifen.” © Simon Brugner / Bildrecht 2023
Jun 28 – Oct 31, 2023
Kunst Haus Wien
Wien, Austria

For a few months, Kunst Haus Wien, world-renowned as the Hundertwasser Museum, is to close its premises to visitors for a state-of-the-art upgrade of the building. Despite the closure, the Museum is to remain present – and close by. The CLOSE/D outdoor exhibition and community programme is set to open on June 27 with a summer street party around the corner from the museum, in front of TRÖSCH III, the new community centre. Indeed, while the premises are being made fit for purpose climate-wise, the Museum is literally stepping out into the public space and incorporating the local area referred to in Vienna as the Hundertwasser Grätzl.

“With CLOSE/D, we want to leave our old ways of thinking behind and shake off any inability to take action in favour of a sustainable future that is well worth living. That also includes stepping out beyond our own Museum premises into the immediate neighbourhood and forging new ties with the people who live and work there. The invited artists will engage in different ways in a dialogue with the planet and its atmosphere, with the flora and fauna, the Danube Canal, the urban infrastructure and architecture, and with neighbours, visitors and passers-by. In this way the public space becomes a place that shows not only what already exists, but what might also still come to be”.

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    Sep 22, 2023 – Jan 15, 2024
    Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
    St. Louis, USA

    “What is your name?” “Where are you from?” “How did you end up here?” “Can you feel it?” “Does it hurt?” With these and other questions, the American artist Adam Pendleton’s solo exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum sets up an elaborate call-and-response network that articulates a sense of history as fragmented poetics. The exhibition will showcase a polyvocal assemblage of new and recent paintings, drawings, and video portraits that together reveal Pendleton’s interest in creating a conversation between mediums, as well as his belief in abstraction’s capacity to destabilize and disrupt. (more…)