On striving for happiness and a good life

Cars are climate killers, food is becoming scarce and peace continues to hang in the balance across large parts of the world. Reason enough for the Kunsthalle Wien to dedicate an exhibition to these topical issues.

Our world is changing, and with it our values. The exhibition "... of bread, wine, cars, security and peace" at the Kunsthalle Wien deals with the structures of capitalism and the connections between politics, consumption, fashion and power. However, the show intends neither to exasperate nor to spread pessimistic criticism about all the evils of the world. Rather, the exhibiting artists attempt to highlight alternatives to the current situation with their works – including an ecologically sustainable global economy in which not profit but human needs are the deciding factor.

On view are more than 30 ambitious works by renowned artists including Zach Blas, Selma Selman, Andreas Siekmann, Daniel Spoerri, and Marlene Streeruwitz. Also represented is the German-Japanese artist Hito Steyerl, who illustrates the political and cultural changes in Europe 30 years after the fall of the Berlin with the example of the luxury brand Balenciaga in her work "Mission Accomplished: Belanciege". The self-administration of Kurdish women in resistance is the theme of the film "Who is afraid of ideology?" by the American Marwa Arsanios. Another highlight of the exhibition is the work "Triple chaser" by the research group Forensic Architecture, which has taken it upon itself to reconstruct scenes of war and torture.

The new management trio of the Kunsthalle Wien – Ivet Curlin, Sabina Sabolovic and Natasa Ilic – are on the pulse of time with their first exhibition. The title of their show is based on the book published in 2003 of the Lebanese artist Bilal Khbeiz "Globalization and the Manufacture of Transient Events". In it, Khbeiz connected the idea of a good life with bread, wine, cars, security and peace, which still remains out of reach for many people in the world today. Now, almost two decades later, climate change is pushing these values even further into the distance ...

... of bread, wine, cars, security and peace
March 8 - October 4, 2020


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