The Wounded World

Until 3 November 2024

Marc Quinn | Stripped (Red), 1997 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection
Marc Quinn | Stripped (Red), 1997 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection

"Life is a wound, and this wound is slow to heal.”
- Marianne Fritz

It was with this bitter and painful insight that the Austrian author Marianne Fritz, writing in 1978, described The Weight of Things at the end of World War Two. In the fate of this novel’s anti-heroine, driven to commit the most extreme act—child murder—by the stifling and claustrophobic atmosphere of the immediate postwar period, we recognize a world in which there is no space for outsiders, for those buffeted by their era’s dysfunctional circumstances.

Living in a wounded world: humankind, in its finite existence threatened by illness and death, is the collective bearer of those wounds that society inflicts upon individuals.

Virgilius Moldovan | Die Päpste (Heilende Akrobatik), 2008 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection
Virgilius Moldovan | Die Päpste (Heilende Akrobatik), 2008 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection
Sonja Gangl | The End_11111, 2008 | ALBERTINA, Wien
Sonja Gangl | The End_11111, 2008 | ALBERTINA, Wien

The images of a stricken world shown us by art range from Franz West’s vain strivings of Sisyphus, Virgilius Moldovan’s punishing hand of God, and Fritz Wotruba’s civil war suffering to the deadly AIDS epidemic, the crimes of the US Army at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, the charred corpses of Auschwitz, the refugee crisis, and whistleblowers / enemies of the state such as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

They bear witness to art’s unflinching and steadfast gaze upon war, destruction, illness, misery, and death.

On view from 10 April until 3 November at the ALBERTINA KLOSTERNEUBURG museum in Klosterneuburg.

EXHIBITION PROGRAM 

Public guided tours (in German)
Learn about highlights and backgrounds of the exhibition in a one-hour guided tour of the exhibition.
Dates & tickets

For private or school tours, please contact our Art Education Department on weekdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm at +43 1 534 83 540 or 

 

 

Video: Exhibition video
Marc Quinn: Stripped (Red), 1997

Marc Quinn | Stripped (Red), 1997 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection

Virgilius Moldovan: Die Päpste (Heilende Akrobatik), 2008

Virgilius Moldovan | Die Päpste (Heilende Akrobatik), 2008 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection

Sonja Gangl: The End_11111, 2008

Sonja Gangl | The End_11111, 2008 | ALBERTINA, Wien

Marc Quinn: Mirage, 2009

Marc Quinn | Mirage, 2009 | ALBERTINA, Wien – Familiensammlung Haselsteiner

Marc Quinn: The Selfish Gene, 2007

Marc Quinn | The Selfish Gene, 2007 | ALBERTINA, Wien

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THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

Editor: Constanze Johanna Malissa und Klaus Albrecht Schröder
German / English | 768 pages
24 x 17 cm | Softcover
EUR 29,90

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