The Beauty of Diversity

Albertina Modern

Verena Bretschneider, Adam, 1989, Collection Dagmar and Manfred Chobot, © Verena Bretschneider

Feb 16 2024 to Aug 18 2024
Karlsplatz 5
Vienna 1010
Phone: 01 534830
Monday - Sunday:
Friday, February 16, 2024 to Sunday, August 18, 2024
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For nearly three centuries, the ALBERTINA acquired, collected, and exhibited works by white men—from Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael to Dürer, Rembrandt, and Rubens and on to Goya, Casper David Friedrich, Cézanne, Picasso, Schiele, Warhol, and Klimt.

The historical collections of the ALBERTINA Museum offer an impression that is deeply one-sided and that characterized the overall artistic canon for centuries. The 21st century, however, smashed this canon—through globalization, but also (at least in large parts of the world) through the attainment of equality by groups that had previously been marginalized and subject to discrimination.

This exhibition brings up the diversity of our time, the diversity of identities and art forms, of materials and genders. In the comprehensive show, ALBERTINA MODERN presents highlights by outstanding female artists such as Eva Beresin, whose repertoire of figures is fed by grotesque painting, or works by the international shooting star, the Franco-Senegalese artist Alexandre Diop, who combines the aesthetic traditions of Expressionism, Dadaism and Graffiti Art in assemblages.

In addition, the exhibition is dedicated to the outsiders of art and aims to include outstanding, hitherto little-lit positions such as Verena Bretschneider, Stephanie Erjautz and August Walla. It also integrates new acquisitions that fill gaps in the collection. The show reveals the richness of a collection that unfolds before the contrasting foil of the Old Masters from the ALBERTINA, from Dürer to Rembrandt and Rubens to Picasso and Monet, who are presented at the beginning as graphic icons.

Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eva Beresin, Amoako Boafo, Verena Bretschneider, Cecily Brown, Nyunmiti Burton, Miriam Cahn, Alexandre Diop, Ines Doujak, Jean Dubuffet, Stefanie Erjautz, Jadé Fadojutimi, Gelitin / Gelatin, Aïcha Khorchid, Soli Kiani, Basil Kincaid, Jürgen Klauke, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Elena Koneff, Maria Lassnig, Daniel Lezama, Angelika Loderer, Claudia Märzendorfer, Jonathan Meese, Sungi Mlengeya, Tracey Moffatt, Michel Nedjar, Tony Oursler, Grayson Perry, Marc Quinn, Franz Ringel, George Rouy, Iris Sageder, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Slappey, Kiki Smith, Tal R, VALIE EXPORT, Jannis Varelas, August Walla, Franz West and Kennedy Yanko will be shown.

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