Dec 02, 2016 - Apr 30, 2017
OK Offenes Kulturhaus
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Opening, 1st of December 16, 07:00 pm
December 2nd, 2016 – April 30th 2017
Tue, Wed, Fr, 3.30 pm – 7.00 pm
Thu, 3.30 pm - 9.00 pm
Sat, Sun, public holidays, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
26th Dec. 2016 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
27th / 28th Dec. 2016 3.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m
29th Dec. 2016 3.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
30th Dec. 2016 3.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
3rd / 4th Jan. 2017 3.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
5th Jan. 2017 3.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
6th / 7th / 8th Jan. 2017 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
24th / 25th / 31th Dec. 2016 and
1st and 2nd Jan. 2017 closed.
Whether deliberately or as unintentional provocation: art works repeatedly cause heated debates. With the exhibition “Scandal Normal?” the OK devotes attention to the mechanisms of public outrage, showing a chronology of the most widely discussed art scandals in Austria.
From 1960 to the present.
“SCANDAL NORMAL?” shows art in the distorted image of digital public spheres of outrage and investigates the possibilities and ambivalences of visual art in the age of media.
The exhibition offers an unveiled look at the sensual effect of controversial art works – and dissects reasons for outrage as a mirror of a society in between voyeurism, beer-drinking blather, and digitalization.
Selected art works and carefully staged archive material show the subversive power of visual communication and question the conflict surrounding distorted media images as means to an end for opinion-makers and marketing mechanisms.
Much ado about Nitsch! “Scandal Normal?” shows the multifaceted overall art work in the mirror of the boulevard and seeks potentials for social transformation in the economy of attention for naked skin. Sex Sells!
Globalization and migration expand the view of the lines of fracture between art, culture, and their contexts. Between controversial prohibitions against coverings and fights over eyesores, the exhibition “Scandal Normal?” shows the public, not least of all on the basis of a comprehensive chronology of the greatest scandals of recent decades, the possibility of grasping art as a means to continually re-examine our own canon of values.
With Ruth Beckermann, Paolo Cirio, Marco Evaristti, Valie Export, Wolfgang Flatz, Gelitin, G.R.A.M., Guerrilla Girls, Gerhard Haderer, Ilse Haider, Damien Hirst, Martin Kippenberger, Jakob Lena Knebl, Alessandro Ludovico, Florian Mehnert, Otto Mühl, Hermann Nitsch, ORLAN, Tanja Ostojić, Cesare Pietroiusti, qujOchÖ, Yasmeen Sabri, Stadtwerkstatt Linz, Stelarc, Milica Tomic, Spencer Tunick , ÜBERMORGEN, Julius von Bismarck, Zentrum für Politische Schönheit, et al.
Curated by eSeL (Lorenz Seidler) and OK curator Genoveva Rückert.
© VALIE EXPORT, Bildrecht Wien, 2016
Foto: © Werner Schulz
Courtesy VALIE EXPORT
Do Women Have to be Naked to Get Into the Met. Museum?, 1989
© Guerrilla Girls
Untitled / After Courbet (L´origine du monde, 46 x 55 cm), 2004
Colour photo, 46 x 55 cm
Photo: David Rych
Copyright: Ostojić/ Rych
Zuerst die Füße, 1991
© Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Köln
Foto: Helga Krobath, Wien
SCANDAL TOURS & EXPERT DISCUSSIONS
The OK offers a series of events accompanying the exhibition SCANDAL NORMAL?. Along with classical guided tours, the program also includes discussion rounds exploring the legal, communicationrelated, and religious aspects of the theme.