On the 4th of April 2016, a Viennese worker crossing the Wilhelminenspital gardens stumbled upon a cooking pot. Inside, nestled in paper, was a human skull, decorated with the inscription “Amelie Lagrange, gehängt 1612” and bearing hand-painted flowers in the Hallstatt tradition.
The project acts as a fantasised reading of Percy Julian’s life and accomplishments through an exhibition, a publication / poster, and a series of events. Using his time in Vienna (1929–1931) as temporal nexus from which to launch a tentacular investigation, the project’s different components highlight and pervert motifs from his biography to create unlikely relationships between condemnation, credits, luxury, blackness, commemorative sculptures, hormones, and plants.
While Austrian art in the 1950s and 1960s was primarily characterized by men and their Actionist and theatrical emphasis, women played an increasingly prominent role in arts from the late 1970s onwards. During this time, Vienna was slowly beginning to transform itself into an attractive, international radiant art metropolis.
Numbers have different meanings in different cultures. The number 8 signifies happiness in China, especially due to the phonetic similarity to the word for “prosperity.” 8 is a sacred number in the Christian world. Likewise, it carries special meaning in Jewish culture, for Indians, Etruscans, and Odinists.
For this year’s edition of curated_by Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna presents an exhibition in three parts, symbolizing the city’s cultural complexity, creative openness, and innovative potential as well as its attraction and often provocative intellectuality in the context of the international art scene and of artists cultivating a long-standing relationship with Vienna’s art life.