KUNSTGLAUBE is an organisation which installs non-religious contemporary art in ritually active sacred spaces.
By installing art from our time in sacred spaces we make a claim for the continuing relevance and significance of sacred space upon the cultural landscape. The experience of contemporary art can be religious and the intention of each exhibition is to make the religious experience accessible for a broad public. Our aim is to offer people an opportunity to experience the transforming power of art.
WHY INSTALL CONTEMPORARY ART IN SACRED SPACES?
Sacred spaces have a long tradition of incorporating art of every age and epoch into their architecture and ritual space. The maintaining of this tradition is considered by KUNSTGLAUBE to be of the utmost importance. If this tradition is not maintained, and our generation merely dusts and preserves the art from previous generations, there can be an implicit suggestion that religious mystery can only be revealed throught art of the past.
The three-fold relationship between the artwork, space and viewer is essential to the location of meaning in the experience of contemporary art:
ART SINCE 1990
Contemporary art integrated into the architectural fabric of the Church building
Religious perspective as it is expressed through ritual and architecture
The complex tapestry of memories, mental associations and attitudes that make up the individual and shape the perspective of the visitor entering the space and encountering the artworks.
KUNSTGLAUBE's exhbitions aim to engage visitors in a challenging and enriching experience by facilitating a dialogue between non-religious contemporary art, sacred space, and the visitor.
By appropriating and translating the artworks, the Church building supports a specific relationship between the visitor and the artwork that is essential to locate religious meaning in the experience of contemporary art.
Visitors to KUNSTGLAUBE exhibitions are invited to make a form of pilgrimage through the church, starting with artworks that address predominantly painful and disturbing aspects of the exhibition theme, finding their way to works that open a perspective of hope and consolation.
Leiblichkeit & Sexualität, Votivkirche, Vienna, 2014
INNENraum, Dornbacher Pfarrkirche, Vienna, 2015
INNENraum featured a series of installations of contemporary art in the Dornbach Parish Church during the Lenten period of 2015.
The selected works each dealt with the notion of inner and outer space, the range of temporal states that manifest both the macro and micro unfolding of time and the possibility of simultaneously grasping the interior and exterior, intimate and universal, the finite and infinite. Read more
Madness & Mysticism, Otto-Wagner-Kirche, Vienna, 2016
The exhibition offered a rare opportunity to explore the relationship between language used to describe the psychotic state and mystical experience, exploring the spirituality of mental illness through an immersion in sacred space. Otto Wagner’s Jugendstil Church is one of very few sacred spaces built exclusively for the mentally ill, providing a sanctuary for the patients of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital. Read more