“Back Home: the architecture of Raimund Abraham” retrospective

Architekturzentrum Wien takes the Austrian architect’s works back to Lienz in a retrospective exhibition featuring original drawings, plans and photographs of Abraham’s work, as well as a video documentary by Jonas Mekas.

 

Raimund Abraham, Draft for the Facade, Hypo Lienz 02.jpg, 2.3 MB © Architekturzentrum Wien, Sammlung, Foto: Christoph Freyer

Raimund Abraham, Draft for the Facade, Hypo Lienz © Architekturzentrum Wien, Sammlung, Foto: Christoph Freyer

 

Architekturzentrum Wien in Vienna presents an exhibition on Austrian architect Raimund Abraham, which will be displayed at Schloss Bruck museum in Lienz, the architect’s hometown.  The exhibition named “Back Home” is the result of a comprehensive work of research and collaboration with artists in order to give Abraham’s work a new meaning and perspective. The architect’s drawings will be displayed alongside the works of Markus Oberndorfer, photographer, and Jonas Mekas, filmmaker. (more…)

“Ai Weiwei. Translocation – Transformation” at 21er Haus

21er Haus presents Ai Weiwei first major solo exhibition in Austria. As a conceptual artist, documentarian and activist, his works deal not only critically with the history, culture and politics of his homeland China, they also react to social realities of migration between countries and continents.

 

Ai Weiwei, Lu 鯥, 2015 © Belvedere, Vienna

Ai Weiwei, Lu 鯥, 2015 © Belvedere, Vienna

 

This is the first time Ai Weiwei’s work will be shown in such a comprehensive exhibition within Austria. Entitled translocation – transformation, the show was conceived through a collaboration with the artist and will extend far beyond the scope of a mere solo exhibition. Not only does it feature aspects of Ai Weiwei’s life, the show also addresses current social issues, which affect us all”, explains Agnes Husslein-Arco, the director of the Belvedere and the 21er Haus. Central to translocation – transformation is the metamorphosis provoked by expulsion, migration, and deliberate change of location that is undergone by people and objects alike. The subject of transformation pervades throughout the life and work of Ai Weiwei; from his childhood, his beginnings in New York, his return to China, his time under house arrest, until his release from state custody and his migration to Berlin.

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“The Vienna Model” Housing for the 21st Century City

The exhibition will present projects that invoke “Red Vienna” while also representing new dynamic possibilities to create exemplary architecture and advance housing in a modern metropolis. Texts, images, and video material will illustrate the eight principles of Viennese housing.

 

"The Vienna Model" © Aedes Architecture Forum

“The Vienna Model” © Aedes Architecture Forum

 

In the global discussion of new strategies for the design and implementation of future-oriented forms of housing, the city of Vienna has consistently been at the vanguard with its innovative ideas, especially in the realm of social housing. The increasing privatization of housing and the rapid densification of German and other European cities, accelerated by the current influx of refugees, forces architects, urban planners, and city administrators to address alternative models of housing and of urban life both creatively and politically. (more…)

Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” exhibition in Vienna

While emphasizing the way spaces are constructed by history and tradition, Eliasson’s works address the viewer in her embodied experience. Through the use of projections, shadows, and reflections, the artworks foreground the relationship between body, perception, and image.

 

Wishes versus wonders. Olafur Eliasson "Baroque Baroque" © Anders Sune Berg

Wishes versus wonders. Olafur Eliasson “Baroque Baroque” © Anders Sune Berg

 

BAROQUE BAROQUE brings together a significant selection of artworks by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson from the private collections of Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and Juan and Patricia Vergez presenting them within the grand baroque setting of the Belvedere’s Winter Palace. The former city residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736), was an important site of artistic and scientific patronage in baroque Vienna. BAROQUE BAROQUE is an encounter between artworks, aesthetics, and worldviews from two vastly different epochs. (more…)