curated by_Krist Gruijthuijsen: The Me in Me

9 Sep 2016 – 15 Oct 2016

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Tue—Fri, 11 am—7 pm; Sat, 11 am—4 pm

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unttld contemporary

Wien, Austria

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Taking a painterly object by the Icelandic artist Hreinn Fridfinnsson (*1943) as a starting point, the exhibition explores the vulnerable understanding of the self through (de)mystifying ideas of representation.


The artwork is based on Fridfinnsson’s “secrets project” of over 40 years. In the early 1970s, he placed an advert in a  magazine asking people to send him their secrets. By posing as a collector of secrets, the artist would, he thought, allay suspicions that he had any ulterior motive in using or revealing privileged information that might come his way. The secret, Fridfinnsson may be telling us, is that there isn't one. His art, on the other hand, is an invitation to imagine that there might be. The exhibited works by Jason Dodge, Barbara Visser, Tamy Ben-Tor, Hanne Lippard, Ben Kinmont reflect on Fridfinnsson’s venture.


Krist Gruijthuijsen

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