TIME TO ACT
27. November 2011 to 19. February 2012
Since its foundation in 1996 the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art has been a space for reflection and production. Contemporary art here is explicitly embedded in a societal and social context. For the first time in Austria a large part of the core of this 500-work collection is on show. An extensive Kunsthalle Krems exhibition on the topic of ‘social action’ will consist solely of items from the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art collection.
The artworks prompt discussion on future-oriented value creation, sustainability, global justice and social responsibility, principles that are also part of Migros’s corporate philosophy. Not only is Migros the biggest Swiss retail trader, it is one of the best-known private sponsors in the areas of culture, society, education, leisure and business. The exhibition includes socio-politically oriented works by Theo Altenberg, Lothar Baumgarten, Alighiero Boetti, Christine Borland, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Phil Collins, Elmgreen & Dragset, Fischli/Weiss, Gilbert & George, Jens Haaning, Mathilde ter Heijne, Josephine Meckseper, Markus Schinwald, Andy Warhol, Gabríela Fridriksdóttir, Christoph Büchel, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Juan Muñoz, Elodie Pong and many more.
This exhibition deals with political and symbolic artworks and statements. For this, it is necessary to read many of the explanations to understand or even to find a way „in“ the artwork and the meaning. That is difficult, especially, when you can’t read german. The exhibition „Time to act“ at the Kunsthalle Krems shows in many ways how hard it is to make interesting artworks with an easy (or acceptable) access for the public.
However. My favourites at this show are: Elodie Pong – with a 5 channel Video about Secrets. A very good presentation of a Steve McQueen Videopiece and Josephine Meckseper’s Pumpstation 🙂