Haus Wittgenstein, Parkgasse 18, 1030 Wien
Tue 18 June, 19.00
Guided tour with curator Pierre Bal-Blanc
Fri 28 June, 15.00
15.30 daily; no registration required
Lidl, Wiedner Hauptstraße 15, 1040 Vienna
Starting Wed 19 June
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Collective Exhibition for a Single Body – The Private Score – Vienna 2019 is an exhibition of performances created by artists from Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe that are activated from works present in private collections in Vienna. The project is based on an original exhibition score conceived by Pierre Bal-Blanc and was launched for the first time at documenta 14 in Athens/Kassel in 2017 according to the artists that were featured in the exhibition. The Private Score is this score’s second version and is being produced in Vienna at the initiative of the Kontakt collection with its resources expanded by the collections of the TBA21 and works also represented in the collection of Generali Foundation.
For this iteration, the curator together with Romanian choreographer and artist Manuel Pelmuş investigates gestures once generated in 1960s and ’70s Eastern Europe in close dialogue with the artists. It will also include works in the abovementioned collections by figures active after 1989 who re-activated the emancipatory potential of the socialist Neo-Avantgarde. The gestures and movements inherent in the artworks are translated into a score and activated in an aleatory fashion, being continuously repeated by performers in everyday situations. The activation of the artworks will be resituated via the performers’ presence during opening hours in the Lidl food market on Wiedner Hauptstraße; the choice of this location relates to the former use of this space, which hosted the exhibition program of the Generali Foundation and its conversion into a new purpose.
The original artworks from the Austrian collections that form the starting point for these performative movements and gestures will be shown at Haus Wittgenstein, an icon of Austrian modernist architecture housing since 1975 the Bulgarian Cultural Institute. The subtle gestures of the performers at the Lidl food market reference the performative tactics seen in the works shown at Haus Wittgenstein. At Tanzquartier Wien, the project will be contextualized by a discourse-focused event entitled Parallax Views on 25 June.
based in Paris and Athens. He was curator at documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017. In 2005, he presented La Monnaie vivante (Living Currency) in Paris, followed by Tate Modern and the 7th Berlin Biennale, among others venues. He was director of CAC Brétigny from 2003 to 2014. His last exhibition was The Canaletto View in 2017 for the Erste Group Bank in Vienna. His exhibition catalogues are Project Phalanstère (Sternberg Press 2017), Soleil politique (Museion/Paraguay Press, 2016), Draft Score for an Exhibition (NERO Publisher, 2014), Reversibility (Mousse Publishing, 2012), Ver Sacrum/The Death of the Audience (Secession/Niggli, Vienna, 2010).
born in Bucharest, is a choreographer and artist who lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He has recently had a solo exhibition at Para Site (Hong Kong, 2018), and his projects have been shown at Tate Modern, Venice Biennale (Romanian Pavilion), Museum Ludwig Köln, Off-Biennale Budapest, Centre National de la Danse, TanzQuartier Wien, Kyiv Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Tanz im August, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, among others. In 2012, he was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance art and the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2014.