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9th September, 2011 space
Museum of Desires
On the 9 September 2011 Karola Kraus is re-opening the mumok–museum moderner
kunst stiftung ludwig wien with her Museum of Desires and thus ushering in a new era
on the 10th anniversary of the institution in the MuseumsQuartier.
After renovations and rebuilding by the Austrian architects Ortner & Ortner and the
installation of a cinema by Heimo Zobernig and Michael Wallraff the museum relaunch
will begin with a focussed programme and a new appearance.
“The museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien (mumok) stands for open and
innovative interaction with modern and contemporary art. The exceptional collection
and the pioneering exhibitions and events have given the museum an excellent
international reputation so that compared to larger institutions it is a jewel. With the
Museum of Desires, my first large presentation, I want to send a signal about the
collection and the exhibition strategy for the museum in the coming years,” says
Director Karola Kraus who has been in office since 1 October 2010.
In her first exhibition Karola Kraus will be presenting her subjective point of view of the
mumok’s nine-thousand-work collection on all of its levels. In the process she focuses
attention on a selection of key works and work groups. These are structured according
to chronology and content and feature pioneers of modernism, continuing on up to the
most recent positions. In amongst the exhibits from the collection there are works that
the museum would like to acquire in the coming years. Thirty seven works by
internationally acclaimed artists—including Robert Barry, Geta Bratescu, Dan Flavin,
Isa Genzken, Ray Johnson, Louise Lawler, Fred Sandback, Cindy Sherman, Monika
Sosnowska, and Henryk Stazewski—have been selected by Karola Kraus so as to
supplement existing collection focal points and set new accents for the future. The
“objects of desire” have been loaned by galleries and collectors for the duration of the
exhibition. Patrons and supporters are being encouraged to help the mumok gratify its
desires and thus enable the museum to continue to fulfil is responsibilities in regard to
its core mission—collecting—despite dwindling public funds for acquisitions.
“We would like to think that the interested public will engage with what we offer and
take advantage of the relaunch in order to actively inscribe themselves into the future of
the mumok,” says Karola Kraus.
Location: Museum moderner Künste
Date: 09.09.2011 - 08.01.2012
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna
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