Performative Bodies – Utopian Architectures around 1968
25th July 2008 – 30th August 2009
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK), Vienna, AT
“Mind Expanders” shows the connections between the social upheavals and the art forms of the 1960s and 1970s that were border transgressing and architecturally-influenced or performative in nature. The title is derived from Haus-Rucker-Co’s seat object for two people which conjoins technology and body and stands as an example of the attempt to achieve an artistically radical redefinition of the social environment and interpersonal relationships. On the basis of exceptional works taken from the museum’s holdings—together with numerous international loans— the extensive show will throw light on the inception and development of new, interdisciplinary, socially-critical visions and utopian forms of art. The broad spectrum of exhibits runs from pictures, objects and models through photographs, videos and films to publications and other historical documentary material.
“Mind Expanders” shows border transgressions and altered states of consciousness as a common concern in an ea of artistic change and social re-orientation.
Artists and architects represented in the exhibition:
Raimund J. Abraham, Maria Lassnig, Marina Abramovic, Gordon Matta-Clark, Vito Acconci, Missing Link, Ant Farm, Jan Ml?och, Archigram, Otto Mühel, Joseph Beuys, Hermann Nitsch, Günter Brus, Yoko Ono, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Dennis Oppenheim, Christo, Gina Pane, Günther Domenig/Eilfried Huth, Friederike Petzold, VALIE EXPORT, Walter Pichler, VALIE EXPORT/Peter Weibel, Arnulf Rainer, Adolf Frohner, Carolee Schneemann, Bruno Gironcoli, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Tibor Hajas, Dominik Steiger, Haus-Rucker-Co, Petr Štembera, Hans Hollein, Superstudio, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Franz Erhard Walther, Birgit Jürgenssen, Robert Watts, Stephen Kaltenbach, Oswald Wiener, Ji?í Kovanda, Wiener Gruppe, Kurt Kren, Kurt Zein, Yayoi Kusama, Zünd-Up/Salz der Erde
Haus-Rucker-Co, Laurids Ortner, Günter Zamp Kelp, Klaus Pinter, Mind Expander II, 1969