• 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


Geta Brătescu

Geta Brătescu began her work as an artist, which continues to this day, in the heterogeneous and provocative intellectual milieu of 1940s and 1950s Romania. She experienced the political upheavals in her home country brought about by socialism and its eventual collapse in late 1989.

Beginning in the 1970s, she developed a cross-media concept for space-referential, performative works in which she examines the relationship between the body and the surrounding space. Brătescu turned to film and photography, taking advantage of the possibilities they offered. This implied an expansion of her process into the realm of the spatial—usually embodied by her studio. She thus transformed her accustomed media of painting and/or drawing into performative scenarios, overcoming the material and aesthetic boundaries to which such media are usually subject. Within the logic of her experimental modus operandi, Brătescu deals in a highly reflective and self-referential manner with both the body and the self-portrait; she examines the conventions of portraying the body, as well as the conceptual possibilities of photography, film, and ultimately the “institutional” context of the artist, who—in her situation in a socialist country—was restricted primarily to her studio and other non-public spaces. Brătescu is concerned with ambivalence, with an obvious, inherent contradiction that remains unresolved. In order to generate this status of ambivalence, she generates opposite figures—such as “black” to oppose “white,” or “real” and “materiality” to oppose “abstract.” She sets a chronological process in motion that runs both forwards and backwards, deliberately leaving open the issues of subject and object, of real and abstract space.



1926, Ploiești / RO - 2018,  București / RO

Brătescu studied with George Călinescu and Tudor Vianu at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest (Romania) from 1945 to 1949. From 1969 to 1971 she studied at the Institute of Arts “Nicolae Grigorescu” in Bucharest. In 1945 Brătescu enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Master Camil Ressu, but was forced to discontinue due to the communist censorship. In 2008 she received the title “Doctor Honoris Causa” of the National University of Arts in Bucharest, given for outstanding contribution to the development of contemporary Romanian Art. Furthermore Brătescu is artistic director of the literature and art magazine “20/21 Century”. She has received several national and international awards.

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