• 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


Dorit Margreiter

Since its earliest beginnings, the artistic project of Dorit Margreiter has been about dealing with modernity, with all its utopian promises, aesthetic legacies, and diverse narratives. Margreiter finds her themes where modernity has been reformulated and redefined, where its former potentials are absent, and where new forms and new sociopolitical spaces—in the broadest (including media-related) sense—have subsequently arisen. In her precise and subtle works, Margreiter examines functions and effects in the media, film, advertising, and consumer goods industries as modernity’s machines for change and with regard to their inherent myths. She follows this processual transformation while simultaneously grappling with associated present-day contexts and the new meanings with which they are charged. In this, an important aspect is that Margreiter’s description of her own work “emphasizes generative as well as reactive, productive rather than retrospective,” as Penelope Curtis points out.1 Margreiter’s artistic methodology therefore also corresponds structurally with the approach taken in her investigations: her work encompasses the genres of sculpture and architecture as well as the media of film, video, photography, and typography. She deals with historically diverse models: film is interlaced with architecture, such as in her works addressing modern architectural icons such as buildings in Los Angeles (some of cinematic fame), or in works pertaining to the pavilion by Josef Hoffmann in Venice as well as to present-day shopping malls and the architectural settings of television series. “Margreiter’s artistic project is genealogical in nature and at a remove from agendas that seek to identify, archeologically as it were, the origins of aesthetic modernism. In contrast to telological narratives, the artist charts a model of reconstruction that focuses on the effects of power revealed in the fabric of historical contingencies and conflicts…” (André Rottman2).






1 Penelope Curtis, “The Naming of Parts,” in Dorit Margreiter. Description, ed. Lynne Cooke, (Madrid: Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2011), p. 113. Exhibition catalog.


2 André Rottman, “The Artist as Toplogist”; in: ibid., p. 108-109.




1967, Wien / AT

Margreiter studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Austria) from 1988 to 1992. She works as artist, teacher, author, curator and graphic designer. Furthermore is Margreiter professor for Video and Video Installation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has received several scholarships and awards, including the “Georg Eisler Prize” (2000), the “Otto Mauer Prize” (2002), and the “Telekom Austria Award” (2004).

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