Our summer exhibition in 2023 will present the work of photographer and filmmaker Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller, alongside a group of primarily younger artists.
The project is an adaptation of an exhibition that took place in 2021 at MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) in Rome. ‘Songs of Experience’presented a selection of historical works by the artist – psychological portraits exploring intimacy with the self and others – in dialogue with contributions by four artists of different backgrounds; Seiichi Furuya (born 1950 in Izu, Japan), Talia Chetrit (born 1982, Washington D.C.), Philipp Fleischmann (born 1985 in Hollabrunn, Austria), and Sophie Thun (born 1985 in Frankfurt, Germany). The artists were selected specifically because of their related working methods and/or a close personal relationship to Kubelka. The exhibition was co-produced by Phileas and the Austrian Federal Ministry.
The exhibition in Vienna, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, will be Kubelka’s first solo exhibition in the city in over a decade. It will be accompanied by a public programme that includes talks and film screenings.
Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller (born 1946 in London to Austrian parents, lives and works in Vienna) is a hugely influential artist whose work ranges from conceptual photography and experimental filmmaking to Freudian psychoanalysis. In 1990, she founded the Friedl Kubelka School for Artistic Photography in Vienna. The school was the first of its kind in Austria to be devoted exclusively to artistic photography. Later, in 2006, she founded the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film, dedicated to the art of analogue filmmaking. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Austrian Art Prize for Artistic Photography in 1999, the Grand Austrian State Prize for Artistic Photography in 2005, and the Austrian Art Prize for Film in 2016. In 2020, the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg presented a major retrospective of her work.
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