Catalogue - Wonders

Kunsthalle Krems
04. March 2012 to 01. July 2012
Opening Sat, 03. March 2012, 11:00

Katharina Sieverding: Die Sonne um Mitternacht schauen. - © Katharina Sieverding, VBK, Wien 2012, Foto: © Klaus Mettig, VBK, Wien 2012

The miracle is a concept that breaks through boundaries. This exhibition makes use of its explosive potential, following the traces of the miraculous in different disciplines and throughout different periods in history. Centered around works of contemporary art, the show examines what falls out of the normal framework of our world: from inexplicable healing, the incredible spectacle of nature, the enigmatic world of different cultures, the effects of unexpected technical innovations, unusual ideas in art and even mere coincidence.

The exhibition looks at the miracle from both from an intellectual and aesthetic perspective with around 50 artists’ positions (incl. Francis Alÿs, Joseph Beuys, Dara Birnbaum, Jonathan Horowitz, Helmut & Johanna Kandl, Martin Kippenberger & Albert Oehlen, Terence Koh, Ingeborg Lüscher, Katharina Sieverding, Roman Signer, Thomas Struth, Franz West or Erwin Wurm) and equally as many exhibits from the spheres of religion, science and everyday use (the “Wunderwaffe” V2, votive images, ghost’s hands, acts of beatification, perpetuum mobile, Goethe’s magic box, sculptures of saints, relics, etc.).

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This show at the Kunsthalle Krems creates an own mood. Different disciplines like art, religion and science present different ways of wonders. And there are also many different ways of presenting the „wonders“ in this exhibiton. You can see mystical Photographs and Documents as well as wonderous objects (Elephant spiderman) and some good video installations. The combination and the comparison of the different approaches are always interesting and entertaining.

You can also see Hermann Maiers Helmet of his historical crash:


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