Belvedere 21

Rachel Whiteread

Günter Brus: Unruhe nach dem Sturm

Currently Belvedere 21 shows two artists, two stars, about whom so much has already been written, that the only thing that´s left me is to recommend you to visit the exhibition.
On the ground floor Rachel Whiteread´s work is on view for the first time in Austria since the troublesome erection of the Judenplatz-memorial. I guess there´s no better place in Vienna than the former 21er Haus to let her sculptures enough space and air to breathe - as eventually the Turner Prize awarded artist´s main issue is space (or, for that, vanishing and anti-spaces) and she deals with it in a very poetic and yet highly critical manner.

A stark contrast provides the extensive Günter Brus exhibition „Unruhe nach dem Sturm“ on the first floor. As important, sustained and still sustaining Viennese Actionism has been, sometimes one might feel a little bit fatigued when looking at photographs and documents of various happenings again. The exhibition, though, focusses on Brus´ graphical work. At least for me personally the drawings and paintings speak of great imaginatorial freedom and are a steady source of inspiration.


Julia Maurer



Belvedere 21 Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Arsenalstraße 1
1030 Wien


Header: Ausschnitt aus Rachel Whiteread, "Line Up", 2007/08
Privatsammlung, New York, USA; Foto Courtesy der Künstlerin und Mike Bruce
Gips, Pigment, Gießharz, Holz und Metall (18 Elemente, ein Wandbord), 17 × 90 × 25 cm
1, 2 : Ausstellungsansicht: RACHEL WHITEREAD
© Belvedere, Wien, 2018 / Foto: Johannes Stoll
3: Rachel Whiteread, "Untitled (Stairs)", 2001
© Belvedere, Wien, 2018 / Foto: Johannes Stoll
Gips, Fiberglas und Holz / 375 × 220 × 580 cm Tate. Purchased from funds provided by the Art Fund and Tate Members 2003
4, 5: Ausstellungsansicht "Günter Brus. Unruhe nach dem Sturm"
Foto: Sophie Thun, © Belvedere, Wien, 2018
6: Günter Brus, "Ohne Titel", 1960
Foto: Sophie Thun, © Belvedere, Wien, 2018
Albertina Museum, Wien / Sammlung Essl