Body & Soul

6 Apr 2016 – 30 Jun 2016

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"The body is a visible translation of the soul" (Christian Morgenstern). Different positions on questions of the body.


What attitude do we take today vis-à-vis our body and sexuality? In the 20th century, Western society revolutionised and redefined its relationship with the body, but also brought problematic aspects to light. Artists reflected these developments, of course, particularly after 1945. Post-war Austria saw the head-on confrontation between hypocritical sexual morals and far-reaching denial and sub-culture avant-gardes striving to overcome these obstacles. Vienna Actionism, a movement that produced art which still has the power to shock, is now considered one of the most significant achievements of Austrian art. Body & Soul is devoted to a subject widely represented in the Essl Collection, the human body in all its facets. The exhibition places the topic in a wider social context and traces its evolution up to the present. The human body may serve as platform for the expression of inner states and feelings, as exemplified by Maria Lassnig’s body awarenes paintings; it can be a metaphor for metaphysical notions, or, as in Marc Quinn’s sculpture Allison Lapper, it may celebrate beauty beyond social norms.


Andreas Hoffer

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Alen Kasumović

Herwig Zens

Franz Ringel

Daniel Richter

Jonathan Meese

Anton Kolig

Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Monika Pascoe Mikyšková

Nan Goldin

Rosa Loy Steffen Junghans

Patricia Jagicza

Yang Shaobin

Virgilius Moldovan

Peter Land

Francesco Clemente

Mira Gáberová

Atelier van Lieshout

Karen Holländer

Otto Muehl

Georg Baselitz

Marcin Maciejowski

Herbert Boeckl

Martin Schnur

Günter Brus

Ilse Haider

Muntean / Rosenblum

Siegfried Anzinger

Marie Luise Lebschik

Martin Eder

Hermann Nitsch

Ronald Kodritsch

Jörg Immendorff

Irina Polin

Maria Lassnig

Bianca Maria Samer

Max Streicher

Adolf Frohner

Elke Krystufek

Daniel Lezama

Peter Sengl

Gudrun Kampl

Valie Export

Rudolf Schwarzkogler

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