Exhibitions

KUNSTGLAUBE EXHIBITIONS

KUNSTGLAUBE's exhibitions involve a series of architecturally sensitive installations of non-religious contemporary art in the side chapels, confessionals and nave of the Church building following a concept that takes the visitor through different stages of engagement with the exhibition theme. 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.

The works installed in churches both console and unsettle - aiming to disturb the comforted and comfort the disturbed. The Church space is traditionally reserved for contemplation and ritual action, providing refuge and consolation to people of all faiths and none. It must also be a challenging space that unsettles, provokes questions and gently exposes wounds and vulnerabilities. The art in KUNSTGLAUBE's exhibitions must sit on the thin and fraught line between consolation and disturbance - sensitively engaging with the architecture and the religious significance of the space. By appropriating and translating the artworks, the Church building fosters a specific relationship between the visitor and the artworks which is essential to locate religious meaning in the experience of contemporary art. 

Leiblichkeit & Sexualität, Votivkirche, Vienna, 2014

DOUG AITKEN, DAMIEN HIRST, ANDERS KRISÁR, MAT COLLISHAW, PIPILOTTI RIST, KARMEN FRANKL, JAN CLEMENS STOFFREGEN, MADS EDEBERG HVIDTFELDT, TAKASHI MURAKAMI, ERWIN WURM, PATRICIA SEMMLER, ROBERT DRUMMOND, DAVID VON DER STEIN, MATTHEW LENKIEWICZ, JAVIER PERÉZ, BERNARDI ROIG, CLEMENS WILHELM, TANJA NIS-HANSEN, HERMANN GLETTLER, SILVIA BISCHOF, HENRY JESIONKA

Curated by David Rastas

 

Leiblichkeit und Sexualität sought to open the church space to a critical dialogue between non-religious perspectives on sexuality and a contemporary theology of the body. Read more

INNENraum, Dornbacher Pfarrkirche, Vienna, 2015

SUZIE LÉGER, MARINA ABRAMOVIC, BILL VIOLA, LINE KONDRUP MEYER, LEO ZOGMAYER

Curated by David Rastas

 

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 am Steinhof, Vienna, 2016

JOSEPH BEUYS, SEIKO GRABNER, LAURIE ANDERSON, OLIVIER HÖLZL, NORBERT BULA, ROBERT DRUMMOND, CHRIS LANDRETH, STELLA REINHOLD, HANS AHNERT, AUGUST WALLA, VIRGILIUS MOLDOVAN, SILVIA BISCHOF, HANSPETER ILG, JEANINE OSBORNE, MARTIN KUNZ, ANDRZEJ KOWALSKI, RICHARD SAVILLE-SMITH AND MANY OTHERS

Curated by David Rastas

 

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