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WWTBD - What Would Thomas Bernhard Do
VIENNA, AUSTRIA • Kunsthalle Vienna • 17 - 26 May 2013
The ten-day festival at the Kunsthalle Wien focuses on the central issues of our society, and draws on Thomas Bernhard’s tradition of critical, and sometimes unsettling thinking.
WWTBD – What Would Thomas Bernhard Do features contributions from practitioners in the visual arts, music, literature, art theory, sociology, philosophy, and economics; presents, films, performances, and concerts. Every day from two in the afternoon until two o’clock in the morning, a marathon – one without a pre-determined finish line – unfolds. This is framed around a set by American artist Barbara Kruger; an installation by Austrian artist Heinrich Dunst; and the sound piece "TONSPUR 53" – related to and inspired by both John Cage and Thomas Bernhard's novel "Concrete" – by Austrian artist Robert Schwarz.
Kunsthalle Vienna Website
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Tel: (43) 1 52 189 0
Franz West: Where is my Eight?
VIENNA, AUSTRIA • MUMOK • 23 February - 26 May 2013
|Known for his intriguing sculptures, provocative collages, and giant outdoor installations, Franz West (b. 1947) mines the intellectualism of Freud and Wittgenstein. |
The focus of the thematically structured presentation is the Kombi- Werke [combi-works]. These are mainly installative works in which West repeatedly combined a number of individual pieces into new groups. The combination and recombination of various categories of works such as furniture, sculpture, Passstücke [adaptives], videos, or works on paper, from different creative periods, gives an overview of the whole spectrum of his œuvre.
Thus at the beginning of the exhibition the viewer encounters the Genealogie des Ungreifbaren [The Genealogy of the Intangible] from 1997 in which West shows three of his early Passstücke combined with one of his first chairs in a vitrine. Combi-walls will also be exhibited. For these West collected together diverse works on paper but also sculptural pieces and, with the addition of pieces of furniture, these expand to become room-filling installations as in the case of Kasseler Rippchen. West also repeatedly included works by other artists in this process.
One of the central exhibits is the papier-mâché sculpture Redundanz. It consists of three parts and can be regarded as a significant example of West’s early practice of combination and recombination. First shown in 1986, the artist considered it necessary to supplement the work with another sculpture since one part of the work had been sold against his will. The new version bears the title Reduktion. Since 2011 the mumok collection includes both versions of this work.
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Tel: (43) 1 52500 145
Saul Leiter: Taxi, c. 1957
© Saul Leiter / Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
VIENNA, AUSTRIA • Kunst Haus Wien • 31 January - 26 May 2013
|This show constitutes a major retrospective of the oeuvre of the 89-year-old photographer and painter Saul Leiter. The exhibition, which was developed in cooperation with Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, presents the wide range of this artist’s works, including early black-and-white and colour photographs, fashion images, painted photographs of nudes, paintings and a number of his sketchbooks. One section of the exhibition is devoted to Saul Leiter’s most recent photographs, which he continues to take on the streets of New York’s East Village.|
Kunst Haus Wien Website
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Untere Weißgerberstraße 13
Tel: (43) 1 712 04 95
Matthias Goerne, baritone: Christoph Eschenbach, piano
VIENNA, AUSTRIA • The Musikverein • 23 May 2013
|Schubert: Winterreise, D. 911 |
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Christoph Eschenbach, piano
The Musikverein Website
Detailed schedule information:
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Tel: (43) 1 427 17
Carmen: By Georges Bizet:
VIENNA, AUSTRIA • Vienna State Opera • 20 May - 16 September 2013
Georges Bizet: Carmen
Opera in four acts (1875)
Poem by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Based on the short story by Prosper Mérimée
Bertrand de Billy, conductor
Franco Zeffirelli, stage direction
Franco Zeffirelli: sets
Leo Bei: costumes
Elina Garanca: Carmen
Roberto Alagna: Don José
Ludovic Tézier: Escamillo, Toreador
Anita Hartig: Micaela
Vienna State Opera Website
Detailed schedule information:
20, 23, 26, 30 May 2013 at 19h30
2 June 2013 at 18h
4, 7, 10, 13, 16 Sep. 2013 at 19h30
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Tel: (43) 1 513 1 513
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