Individual Stories
Collecting as Portrait and Methodology

Yann Sérandour, The Ups and Downs of the Cactus Mania, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and gb agency Gallery, Paris, Foto/photo: Marc Domage

Collecting can be regarded as the attempt to save things from disappearance and oblivion. It is manifested in a subjective approach to personal stories and collective stories. Artists as collectors can take on various roles: many put together their own collections, which can range from artworks and archive material to kitsch. The exhibition will show collections as an obsession, as a character profile, and as a personal portrait of artists. This conceptual framework opens up space for all those things that serve as sources of inspiration for artists, derive from a particular passion, or reveal a private fetishism. Duchamp, who declared the readymade a work of art, coined the notion of the “artist as a collector.”

Saâdane Afif, Jacques André, Marie Angeletti, Thomas Bayrle, Barbara Bloom, Herbert Brandl, Andrea Büttner, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Camille Henrot, Michaela Maria Langenstein, Pierre Leguillon, Hanne Lippard, Maurizio Nannucci, G.T. Pellizzi, Max Renkel, Michael Riedel, Hubert Scheibl, Yann Sérandour, John Stezaker, Johannes Wohnseifer

Luca Lo Pinto, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Anne-Claire Schmitz


26.06. – 11.10.2015

Kunsthalle Wien