The Value of Freedom

19 Sep 2018 – 10 Feb 2019

Event times

Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm
Long Evenings: Wednesday and Friday 11 am to 9 pm
(also valid on public holidays)

Cost of entry

Regular € 8 / Reduced € 6

Belvedere 21

Vienna, Austria


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The concept of freedom is constantly changing. This exhibition charts its psychological, cultural, religious, political and legal evolution against the backdrop of historical developments, to arrive at a contemporary understanding of what freedom means.


With its overlapping themes and cross-references, the exhibition weaves a tapestry of interdependencies and reciprocal influences between the individual and society, democracy and the economy, work and leisure, body and mind, nature and culture. Freedom is always relative to other factors and so has to be constantly renegotiated. For instance, one part of the exhibition looks at different forms of state governance that shape the community, while another area addresses the control of information as a crucial instrument of power. Some of the works highlight the fragility of freedom, while others explore identity-defining processes such as work. The public space is also the subject of some of the works. All in all, what emerges clearly is that the autonomy of the individual invariably goes hand in hand with social responsibility.
With works by Zbynĕk Baladrán, Dara Birnbaum, The Centre for Postnormal Policy & Future Studies, Jordi Colomer, Carola Dertnig, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Harun Farocki, Karin Ferrari, Forensic Oceanography, John Gerrard, Johannes Gierlinger, Lola Gonzàlez, Johan Grimonprez, Igor Grubić, Eva Grubinger, Marlene Haring, Hiwa K, Leon Kahane, Šejla Kamerić, Alexander Kluge, Nina Könnemann, Laibach, Lars Laumann, Luiza Margan, Teresa Margolles, Isabella Celeste Maund, Anna Meyer, Aernout Mik, Matthias Noggler, Josip Novosel, Julian Oliver, Trevor Paglen, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Ivan Pardo, Oliver Ressler, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Christoph Schlingensief, Andreas Siekmann, Eva Stefani, Superflex, Pilvi Takala, Philipp Timischl, Milica Tomić, Betty Tompkins, Amalia Ulman, Kostis Velonis, Kara Walker, Stephen Willats, Anna Witt, Hannes Zebedin, Zentrum für politische Schönheit, Tobias Zielony and Artur Żmijeweski.
Curated by Severin Dünser.


Severin Dünser

Exhibiting artists

Anna Meyer

Pilvi Takala

Nina Könnemann

Šejla Kamerić

Ivan Pardo

Teresa Margolles

Johan Grimonprez

Ashley Hans Scheirl

Lola Gonzàlez

Kara Walker

Harun Farocki

Christodoulos Panayiotou

Lili Reynaud-Dewar

Tobias Zielony

Marlene Haring

Philipp Timischl

Leon Kahane

Eva Stefani

Betty Tompkins

Zentrum für politische Schönheit

Josip Novosel

Andreas Siekmann

Aernout Mik

Anna Witt

Christoph Schlingensief


Julian Oliver

Dara Birnbaum

John Gerrard

Lars Laumann

Zbynek Baladran

Oliver Ressler

Hiwa K

Alexander Kluge

Luiza Margan

Amalia Ulman

Carola Dertnig

Stephen Willats

Karin Ferrari

Milica Tomić

Igor Grubić

Trevor Paglen

Jordi Colomer

Matthias Noggler


Kostis Velonis

Isabella Celeste Maund

Johannes Gierlinger

Forensic Oceanography

Eva Grubinger

Hannes Zebedin

Artur Żmijeweski

Simon Dybbroe Møller


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