• 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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Peter Weibel

From critiques of language such as those provoked by Ludwig Wittgenstein, through the Vienna Group and Vienna Actionism, artists focused attention on the assumption that our inability to gain precise knowledge about the world is rooted in the nature of our language. Significantly, this was always associated with strong critiques of society. As early as in the nineteenth century, the philosopher and language critic Fritz Mauthner had been an incorrigible anti-establishment figure, not to mention the central figures of the Vienna Group and Vienna Actionism.

Peter Weibel, who is very close to this tradition and who from the outset situated his artistic practice between poetry, music, philosophy, and science, is interested in the communicative, agitative element of art. Logically enough, sociopolitical critique and change must be accompanied by analytical and reformative efforts in one’s own work—anything else would mean a continuation of the traditional, bourgeois concept of art.


Born in Odessa, Ukraine, 1944.

Weibel studied Medicine, Literature, Film, Philosophy and Mathematics in Vienna (Austria) and Paris (France). Since 1976 he has been teaching at Universities and Academies in Europe and the USA. After being the head of the digital arts laboratory at the Media Department of the New York University in Buffalo (USA) from 1984 to 1989, Weibel founded the Institute of New Media at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) in 1989. Between 1986 and 1995, he was artistic consultant and later artistic director of the Ars Electronica in Linz (Austria). From 1993 to 1999, Weibel was curator at the Neue Galerie Graz (Austria). At that time he also commissioned the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennial. Since 1999 Weibel has been Chairman and CEO of the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany).

Lives and works in Karlsruhe and Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and Graz and Vienna, Austria.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2014     “Media Rebell. Warning! This exposition can change your life!" 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

2011     “The Art is the beemaster not the bee“, Lisi Hämmerle Gallery, Bregenz, Austria

2010     “Changing Channels“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2009     “Rewriter“, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA

2006     “The open work“, Collection Falckenberg/Phoenix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg, Germany

2004     “Peter Weibel“, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2003     “B-Picture. A Film about Peter Weibel“, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Shadows of the Bright“, BERLINER KUNSTKONTAKTER und BERLINARTPROJECTS, Berlin, Germany

2010     “Changing Channels“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2009     “WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM, MERCER UNION“, A Centre For Contemporary Visual Art, Toronto, Canada

2008     “True Romance. Allegories of Love from the Renaissance to the Present“, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

2006     “Mind Frames. Media Study at Buffalo 1973-1990“, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

2005     “Open Systems“, Tate Modern, London, UK

2004     „Virtual Frame“, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Rosen, Margit, ed. 2011. A little-known story about a movement, a magazine, and the computer's arrival in art: new tendencies and bit international, 1961-1973. In collaboration with Peter Weibel et al. Karlsruhe: ZKM.


Weibel, Peter, Žižek, Slavoj, eds. 2010. Inklusion – Exklusion: Probleme des Postkolonialismus und der globalen Migration. Vienna: Passagen-Verlag.


Eigner, Christian, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2008. Un/Fair Trade: die Kunst der Gerechtigkeit. Vienna et al.: Springer [Exhib. Cat., Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum (Sep. 22-Nov. 25, 2007)]


Groys, Boris, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2008. Die Kunst des Denkens. Hamburg: Philo Fine Arts.


Buddensieg, Andrea, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2007. Contemporary art and the museum: a global perspective. Texts by Rasheed Araeen et al. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz.


Jongen, Marc, ed. 2007. Der Göttliche Kapitalismus. Ein Gespräch über Geld, Konsum, Kunst und Zerstörung mit Boris Groys, Jochen Hörisch, Thomas Macho, Peter Sloterdijk und Peter Weibel. Munich: Fink, 2007.


Ševčík, Jiří, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2007. Utopien & Konflikte: Dokumente und Manifeste zur tschechischen Kunst 1938-1989. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz.


Jansen, Gregor, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2006. Light art from artificial light: light as a medium in 20th and 21st century art = Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht: Licht als Medium der Kunst im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Engl./Germ. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz [Exhib. Cat., ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst Karlsruhe (Nov. 19, 2005-Aug. 6, 2006)]


Latour, Bruno, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2002. Iconoclash. Translated by Charlotte Bigg et al. Karlsruhe: ZKM, Centre for Art and Media [Exhib. Cat., ZKM Karlsruhe (May 4-Aug. 4, 2002)]


Briški, Mika, ed. 2001. 2000+ Arteast collection: The Art of Eastern Europe. A Selection of Works for the International and National Collections of Moderna galerija Ljubljana. Curated by Zdenka Badovinac, Peter Weibel. Vienna; Bozen: Folio [Exhib. Cat. Orangerie Congress Innsbruck (Nov. 14-21, 2001)]


Druckrey, Timothy, Weibel, Peter, eds. 2001. Net_condition: art and global media. Karlsruhe: ZKM et al.


Weibel, Peter, ed. 2000. Olafur Eliasson: Surroundings surrounded: essays on space and science. Karlsruhe: ZKM [Exhib. Cat., Neue Galerie am Johanneum Graz (Mar. 30-May 21, 2000), ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (May 31-Aug. 26, 2001)]


Weibel, Peter, ed. 2000. Max Peintner: Der Pilot als blinder Passagier. Wahrnehmung im technologischen Zeitalter. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz [Exhib. Cat., Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz (Mar. 3-28, 2000)]


Weibel, Peter, ed. 1997. Jenseits von Kunst. Translated by Lajos Adamik et al. Vienna: Passagen [Exhib. Cat., Ludwig Museum Budapest (Oct. 17-Nov. 23, 1996), Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz (Feb. 7-Mar. 30, 1997)]


Kolekcja artystow = Artist's collection: 1973-1993. 1993. Krakow: Fundacja Wyzwolenia Kultury.


Huck, Brigitte, Weibel, Peter, eds. 1989. Peter Weibel: Inszenierte Kunstgeschichte: mise-en-scène of art history. Vienna: Hochschule für angewandte Kunst [Exhib. Cat., Österreichischen Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien (Dec. 15, 1988-Jan. 30, 1989)]



Other Media


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


Weibel, Peter. 2006. Depiction is a crime: video works 1969-1975. Vienna: Arge index (Index DVD Edition; 024), 1 DVD (73 min.)

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