VALIE EXPORT. Research – Archive – Œuvre

VALIE EXPORT, Stand up. Sit down, draft, 1989. Courtesy of VALIE EXPORT Center/LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz.

VALIE EXPORT, Frau mit Hochhausarm, 1989. Courtesy of VALIE EXPORT Center/LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz.

2019.02.15 - 04.27


Sabine Folie

Opening on Friday, February 15 at 5:00 pm

An exhibition of the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz. Research Center for Media and Performance Art and the LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz (Austria), in cooperation with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k., Germany). All archival material belongs to the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz—inaugurated in November 2017, on which occasion this exhibition project was conceived. With the kind collaboration of the Atelier VALIE EXPORT.

Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT is considered one of the most important figures in the fields of conceptual art, performance and film. Active since the 1960s, she continues to have an ongoing influence on generations of up-and-coming artists with her seminal feminist and media-critical works. VALIE EXPORT. Research – Archive – Œuvre is the latest exhibition in the series of retrospecitive projects hosted by VOX, revisiting major conceptual practices.

From the beginning of her career, VALIE EXPORT has been addressing the issues of an increasingly mediatized society and questioning its functions, guiding principles and mechanisms of communication. Beyond her most canonical works—such as  TAPP und TASTKINO (TAP and TOUCH Cinema), 1968 or Aktionshose Genitalpanik (Action Pants: Genital Panic), 1969—the artist created a rich media-reflexive and political œuvre well into the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, directing attention to the tension between the individual and society. In the process, she simultaneously explored the limits of what can be seen and said, and created connections across disciplinary boundaries, between seemingly disparate research areas.

Together with the artist, curator Sabine Folie developed an exhibition that—after presentations at the LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz (Austria) in 2017 and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k., Germany) in 2018—will now be shown in at VOX from February 15 to April 27, 2019. VALIE EXPORT. Research – Archive – Œuvre includes important works by the artist and combines them with archival material such as sketches, letters, photos and notes, documenting EXPORT’s creative process in a unique way. Stemming from five decades and illustrating the diversity of subjects in her practice, they range from dealing with society‘s thinking and acting in dichotomies—culture/nature, masculine/feminine, etc.—to locating the human—above all female—subjects in the world, within a (constructed) social body that notably finds it materialization in the built city.