Duet with Artist. Participation as Artistic Principle

27 Sep 2017 – 4 Feb 2018

Event times

Wednesday to Sunday, and on all Public Holidays: 11am–6pm
Wednesday and Friday: until 9 pm

Cost of entry

7 euros

Belvedere 21

Vienna, Austria


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Central to this exhibition is the audience and its role in the creation of a work of art. Approximately 30 historical and current perspectives demonstrate how artists can activate people and call them to action.


What is the role of modern-day museums? What possibilities for social participation still exist?

The exhibition Duet with Artist at the 21er Haus puts the public, their active participation and productive collaboration at its heart. Consequently, making visitors aware of their critical thought process via an artwork (e.g. by Joseph Beuys) is just as much part of the show as carrying out an artistic instruction (e.g. by Yoko Ono) or directly cooperating with other visitors in the exhibition space (e.g. in the work of Rirkrit Tiravanija). The relationship between art and life has been the focus of various artistic avant-gardes since the early 20th century. Beginning in the 1950s, the process of artistic production itself became an increasingly fundamental part of artworks with the advent of actions, happenings and performances. As pivotal art movements, Fluxus and body art bear witness to this development. Proceeding from these trends, the exhibition includes a section with historical documentary works by way of example. Alongside these pieces are contemporary works that are only completed with the addition of performance, creative use, playful cooperation or active participation by the public.

With works by Vito Acconci, Robert Barry, Joseph Beuys, stanley brouwn, Angela Bulloch, John Cage, Claus Föttinger, Rodney Graham, Hans Haacke, Christine Hill, David Horvitz, Pierre Huyghe, Yves Klein, Tomas Kleiner, Krüger & Pardeller, Mischa Kuball, Dieter Meier, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, OPAVIVARÁ!, David Shrigley, Gabriel Sierra, Juergen Staack, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Wolf Vostell, Franz West and Erwin Wurm

A cooperation between the 21er Haus and the Morsbroich Museum in Leverkusen, Germany.

Curated by Axel Köhne

Exhibiting artists

Yoko Ono

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

Rodney Graham

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Wolf Vostell

Claus Föttinger

Angela Bulloch

Hans Haacke

Mischa Kuball

Pierre Huyghe

Gabriel Sierra

Franz West

Franz West

Krüger & Pardeller

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

John Cage

Dieter Meier

David Shrigley

Juergen Staack

Christine Hill

Erwin Wurm

Vito Acconci

Tomas Kleiner

Robert Barry

Yves Klein

David Horvitz

Opavivará !

Stanley Brouwn

Taking part


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