Gavin Turk. A Vision

16 Sep 2015 – 31 Oct 2015

Galerie Krinzinger

Wien, Austria


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This curious show, coming 16 years after Turk first showed in Galerie Krinzinger with ‘The Importance of Being Ernesto’, is a musing response to the Bohemian patrician creativity emanating from post-first-world-war Vienna.


This spawned the Secession era with the sumptuous portraits of Klimt and his protégé, the awkward permissive Schiele, the radical dissonant, anti-decadent modernity of Schoenberg and Loos and significantly the enlightened ideas of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Sigmund Freud. Fast forward to the 21st century and we as humans need to use all our ingenuity and intelligence to prevent the inevitable consequences of increasing populations and our manic exploitation of the earth’s resources. But as Freud so perceptively pointed out the ID and the Ego subsume the wisdom of our higher thinking selves. This contemplative exhibition plays with these near-redundant has-been titans and their parvenu ancestors – a pause for thought. The Kosuthian clock mobile slowly spins as it ticks through our inheritance of the earth.

‘A Vision’ has been made with appreciation of the work and thoughts of Joseph Kosuth.

Exhibiting artists

Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk


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