25.11.2016 to 17.04.2017 - mumok
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Works from the Collection Gertraud & Dieter Bogner
In 2007, Gertraud and Dieter Bogner gave mumok one of the most uncompromising gifts the museum has ever received. This is the largest single donation of related works, comprising more than a hundred pictures, sculptures, and objects, and three hundred drawings, prints, autographs, artists’ books, and archive materials. Since 2007, the museum has continued to expand this collection established by the two Vienna collectors. Now, at the invitation of mumok, Gertraud and Dieter Bogner draw on this collection to present a new exhibition entitled Construction_Reflection, taking a specific perspective on these works and their content.
The selection includes works from over the last fifty years. The collection began with geometrical and abstract works, and systematic and constructive forms, but soon also began to include conceptual and media-reflective positions. Bucking trends of the time, the Bogners were always interested in the “contents” of an artwork as a category of constructive and abstract art. In Construction_Reflection they take a contemporary look at this issue by exploring the hitherto covert connections inherent to the works themselves. In this way, the curators see this presentation of this collection as a contribution to present debates about a potential “politics of form.” Form and contents are not seen as distinct categories, and nor are they understood as divorced from social, cultural, and historical conditions. Although figurative and narrative forms of representation are avoided, this perspective nonetheless allows for socially and political relevant content.
Curated by Gertraud & Dieter Bogner with Rainer Fuchs