• Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation.


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VALIE EXPORT is one of the most important pioneers on conceptual media art, performance and film. Her artistic work comprises video environments, digital photography, installation, body performances, feature films, experimental films, documentaries, Expanded Cinema, conceptual photography, body-material interactions, Persona Performances, laser installations, objects, sculptures, texts on contemporary art history and feminism. In the focus of EXPORT’s work who conceptually chose her pseudonym (to be written in capital letters) in 1967 and has since her early beginnings programmatically understood herself as a media artist has been the human body that she declared as the material for her taboo breaking, gender critical approach towards sexual politics and its inherent social and cultural  taboos. EXPORT includes technology, specifically technological media in order to analyze its ways of functioning and its various modes and effects of exerting power. Methodologically she practices an experimental "short circuit“ between technical media and the body-as-medium. With various inventive tactics, among them the early Expanded Cinema works, she goes in search of the ways in which media uphold the powerful structural connection between technology, ideology, and the practice of everyday life. In her transgressions of the borders between different media and materials, between forms of expression, the crucial point is always the body, mostly her own body, presented by the artist as a functional part of the “apparatus”, as manipulable material. In this subversive media scenario, the body / the artist is both an active figure and a passive surface for projections, a processed carrier of symbols and information. In the direct “short circuiting” with the media apparatus, the body is revealed as what she refers to as the “locus of civilizing”: “The female body is the site where ‘culture’ erects a blockade against the woman.”




Born in Linz, Austria, 1940.

After studying at the Arts and Crafts College in Linz from 1956 to 1959, the artist continued her education at the Design Department of the Higher Federal Teaching and Research Institute of the Textile Industry in Vienna (Austria) from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, she changed her at that time official name Waltraud Höllinger into the pseudonym VALIE EXPORT. In 1967 she co-founded the Austrian Filmmakers’ Cooperative in Vienna. EXPORT taught at numerous international institutions, including the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (USA) and the University of the Arts in Berlin (Germany). Since 1995 she has been teaching as professor at the Media Art Academy in Cologne (Germany). In 1995 EXPORT was awarded the “Generali Foundation’s Prize for sculptural works” and in 2000 she was the recipient of the “Oskar Kokoschka Prize”.

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2017 "VALIE EXPORT: Archive", Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

2015 "VALIE EXPORT: METANOIA", Tanja Grunert Gallery, New York, USA

2014 Charim Events, Vienna, Austria

2011 “VALIE EXPORT“, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria

2010 “VALIE EXPORT. Time and Countertime“, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

2009 “VALIE EXPORT: Jerusalem Premiere“, Ticho House - The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

2008 “VALIE EXPORT“, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece

2007 “VALIE EXPORT“, 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Arts, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, Russia

2005 “ – Living and working in the midst of Globalization“, Museum Working World, Steyr, Austria

2004 “VALIE EXPORT. Workshow“, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

2003 “VALIE EXPORT“, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France

2002 “Pol`yp*to”ton“, Charim Gallery, Vienna, Austria

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2017 "WOMAN. Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s. Works from the Verbund Collection", mumok, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria


2016 "this is a political (painting)", Kunsthall Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway  


2015 "Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980", MoMA, The Museum Of Modern Art, New York, USA


2014 "Proudly Presenting: Sammlung Generali Foundation", Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria


2013 "Formas biográficas. Construcción y mitologí / Biographical forms. Construction and individual mythology", Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain  


2012 "A Bigger Splash. Painting after Performance Art", Tate Modern, London, UK

2011 “re.act.feminism # 2 – a performing archive“, Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, Gdansk, Poland

2010 “Direct Art. Viennese Actionism in an International Context“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2009 “We Interrupt this Program: Print Ads and TV Spots by Artists“, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada

2008 “System Human. Works from the Collection“, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

2007 “Performance on Demand“, EFA Gallery, New York City, USA

2006 “Sigmund Freud in Artworks“, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

2005 “Means Without End “, Guild & Greyshkul Gallery, New York City, USA

2004 “Seven Women – Seven Sins“, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

2003 “X-Screen“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2002 “Gloria: Another Look at Feminist of the 1970s“, White Colums, New York City, USA

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Dziewior, Yilmaz, ed. 2012. VALIE EXPORT: Archiv. Bregenz: Kunsthaus Bregenz [Exhibit. Cat., Oct. 29, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012]


Hilmes, Carola, Lamb-Faffelberger, Margarete, eds. 2010. Staging Export: Valie zu Ehren. New York: P. Lang.


Eiblmayr, Silvia, EXPORT, VALIE, eds. 2009. Elke Krystufek, Dorit Margreiter, Franziska & Lois Weinberger. Cologne: Walther König [Exhib. Cat., Austrian Pavillon 2009, 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (Jun. 6-Nov. 22, 2009)]


Pahlén, Karolina, ed. 2009. Between the Images: imaginable experiences for future memories. Stockholm: Xposeptember.


Saxenhuber, Hedwig, ed. 2007. Valie Export. Vienna; Bozen: Folio.


Szely, Sylvia, ed. 2007. Export Lexikon: Chronologie der bewegten Bilder bei Valie Export. Vienna: Sonderzahl.


Trummer, Thomas, ed. 2007. Voice & Void. Ridgefield, Connecticut: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum [Exhib. Cat., Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Sep. 16, 2007-Feb. 24, 2008)]


Valie Export: eine Werkschau. 2005. Klosterneuburg: Sammlung Essl [Exhib. Cat., Sammlung Essl (Feb. 11-Apr.10, 2005)]


Trummer, Thomas, ed. 2004. Serien. Vienna: Atelier Augarten [Exhib. Cat., Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (Oct. 6, 2004-Feb. 20, 2005)]


Valie Export. 2003. Engl./French. Montreuil: Editions de l'oeil [Exhib. Cat., Centre national de la photographie Paris (Sep.-Dec., 2003)]


Mediale Anagramme. 2003. Berlin: Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst [Exhib. Cat., NGBK in cooperation with Akademie der Künste (Jan. 18-Mar. 9, 2003)]


EXPORT, VALIE. 2002. Valie Export: Bild-Risse. Roswitha Mueller. Translated by Reinhilde Wiegmann. Vienna: Passagen.


EXPORT, VALIE. 2000. Valie Export: Inszenierung von Schmerz: Selbstverletzung in den frühen Aktionen. Andrea Zell. Berlin: Reimer.


EXPORT, VALIE, artist. 1997. Split, Reality. Engl./Germ. Vienna; New York: Springer.


Eiblmayr, Silvia, EXPORT, VALIE, Prischl-Maier, Monika, eds. 1985. Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn: aktuelle Kunst von Frauen: Texte und Dokumentation. Vienna: Löcker [Exhib. Cat., Museum Moderner Kunst/Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts Wien (Mar. 29-May 12, 1985)]



Other Media


Saemann, Andrea, Grögel, Katrin, eds. 2007. Performance Saga: Interview 02: Valie Export. Zürich: edition fink. 1 DVD.


EXPORT, VALIE, Weibel, Peter. 2006. Invisible adversaries (1976). Vienna: Arge index (Index DVD Edition; 021), 1 DVD (104 min.)


Robakowski, Józef. 2006. The energy manifesto. Vienna: Arge index (Index DVD Edition; 022), 1 DVD (63 min.)


Burger-Utzer, Brigitta, ed. Valie Export: 3 Experimental Short Films (1970-1973; 1973; 1984). Vienna: Arge index (Index DVD Edition; 004), 1 DVD (36 min.)

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