• 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


Neue Slowenische Kunst

Neue Slowenische Kunst (New Slovenian Art) / NSK in its structure is a simple and yet complex mechanism which makes any precise explanation impossible. NSK began operating in 1984 as a large collective, an organization, a union of various groups brought together by their shared way of thinking and similar style of expression through different media. The main NSK groups are Laibach, Irwin, Noordung, New Collectivism and the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy. There are also a number of flexible subdivisions which emerge as the need arises and dissolve under their own inertia. Each of the groups primarily works within its own medium; nevertheless their bonds are firm and fruitful. Members of the group meet on a regular basis, they talk, discuss and plan major common campaigns, test aesthetic and other preferences, exchange ideas and contexts, travel together, and so on.


Laibach began working in 1980 and was mainly oriented to the popular music media, although it was associated with different levels of work from the beginning, including gallery and theatre installations. The Irwin artists group formed themselves within the function of NSK biographers, recording NSK archetypes on canvas and in history. The Noordung Theatre (formerly Red Pilot and the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre before that) assumes ritualistic NSK contexts and also operates with religious patterns.


Beside these three groups the most active within NSK are the New Collectivism Design Studio and the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy. The former obviously works with design (posters, records, covers, books, etc.) and the latter mainly with critical aspects of classic philosophy.


In spite of their links each of the groups works according to its own internal logic, its rules and principles of work, whereas they are connected by certain contextual and formal aspects, and this aspect is what forms NSK.     

artist collective since 1984, Ljubljana / SL, at that time Jugoslavija
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