• WHO WAS 1968?
    28 Sept 2018 − 13 Jan 2019

    LENTOS Kunstmuseum WHO WAS 1968? Art, Architecture, Society Curated by: Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer Loans by Kontakt from: Heimrad Bäcker, Stanisław Dróżdż, VALIE EXPORT, Stano Filko, Běla Kolářová, Július Koller, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević and Goran Trbuljak A decade of eruptions, departures and redefinitions in the steel city Linz. The year I968 marks a turning point that ushered in a new era. Across Western Europe and in the United States Student protests and workers’ revolts called into question the post-war power structure itself, while Soviet tanks bulldozed the Prague Spring into the ground and signalled the end of the hope that the Eastern Bloc would open up to the West. This exhibition harks back to the echoes of I968 in Linz and Upper Austria. Embracing the arts, architecture, music, film and literature, it unfolds for the first time a synoptic map on which key figures and moments of local history – some largely unknown to this day – are accorded a place. It enables visitors to embark on exploratory trips and to survey the rich fabric of relationships and linkages that includes points of contact with international scenarios and trends. Experiments in the aesthetic field were begun with a view to escaping from the cultural stuffiness of the first two post-war decades. The participating artists include: Claudia von Alemann, Ant Farm, Heimrad Bäcker, Josef Bauer, Bill Bollinger, Dietmar Brehm, Gerd Conradt, Waltraut Cooper, Stanisław Dróżdż, Erró, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Stano Filko, Helmuth Gsöllpointner, Timo Huber, Johann Jascha, Martha Jungwirth, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gerhard Knogler, Běla Kolářová, Juliús Koller, Peter Kubelka, Zofia Kulik, KwieKulik, Maria Lassnig, Fritz Lichtenauer, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Josef Nöbauer, OHO, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Chris Reinecke, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Zorka Sàglovà, Dominik Steiger, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak, Tucumàn Arde, Jiřì Valoch, Agnés Varda, Peter Weibel, Hannah Wilke, Jana Želibská, Želimir Žilnik, Zünd-Up





“ART FAN” is an art fanzine that was produced and published in Vienna between 1991 and 1997 by the artists Ariane Müller and Linda Bilda. Müller was responsible for its design and printing. This publication dates from the dawn of the desktop publishing era, and great attention was paid to its formal design. Its content was built on the theories of the Situationist International: the term “art fan” arose from an editorial attitude “that perceives only that which is found to be good and interesting, while consciously disregarding—rather than criticizing—all other things. (Linda Bilda)

From the very beginning, anonymity and “copyleft” were elements of this practice. “ART FAN” represents a subjective cross-section of 1990s artistic activity by placing unknown and (later on) very well-known artists alongside one another. The individual texts are characterized by an experimental style of writing, as well as by an interviewing style that always describes the artistic field as the site of political action.

On this, Linda Bilda notes: “Though at first it was simply out of friendship, Ariane Müller’s idea of starting a fanzine found in me a partner and co-publisher who immediately took up this self-empowerment to join together and quickly go wherever our interest took us—and that was any place where emancipatory changes in art and in social behavior became visible during that period. “ART FAN” met with immediate interest and was taken seriously for being a text-based production that combined theory, relevant information and art scene gossip while hitting the nerve of an era that had just begun taking up discourse and more-or-less collective forms of production as its big theme.”



ART FAN is an art fanzine that was produced and published in Vienna between 1991 and 1997.



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