misfitting together - Serielle Formationen der Pop Art, Minimal Art und Conceptual Art
I honestly admit that for a long time I didn't really get anything out of Andy Warhol's art. This only changed in 2007, after I visited a very large and comprehensive Warhol exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. At that time I thought I could detect an almost baroque element in his work and approach. The exhibition in Vienna - despite the title-giving quote and "carpet" on the stairs leading up to the mumok - is certainly not that far-reaching. Rather, it is an art historical embedding, an overview in which the emphasis is placed on the serial ramifications. One of the most interesting aspects of the exhibition, for me, has emerged quite unintentionally (or perhaps far too obviously?) when comparing these US-American art movements with the current state of the USA - even though the invective was given by a very recent work, namely Lutz Bacher's "Firearms" from 2019.
Steve Reinke's exhibition "Butter" is also worth a visit, although I find his embroidery works much more interesting than his text pictures.
And, finally, I would like to add a recommendation: Because of Covid-19, visitors are only allowed to enter the video booths individually or in small groups, which is quite an issue with 20th and 21st century art. So you should bring some time when visiting...
1: Andy Warhol, Orange Car Crash, 1963, Acryl, Siebdruck auf Leinwand, Gesamt 334.1 x 418.4 x 4.4 cm. mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Leihgabe der Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen seit 1978 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York/Licensed by Bildrecht, Wien 2020
Header, 2: Ausstellungsansicht MISFITTING TOGETHER. Serielle Formationen der Pop Art, Minimal Art und Conceptual Art. Dóra Maruer, 5 aus 4, 1978; Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1970; Lutz Bacher, FIREARMS, 2019; Charlotte Posenenske, Vierkantrohre (Serie DW), 1967 (1986). Photo: Klaus Pichler © mumok
3: Ausstellungsansicht “Steve Reinke. Butter”, 6. März bis 26. Oktober 2020, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Photo: Stephan Wyckoff, ©mumok