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"Occupying Space: Works from the Generali Foundation Collection"
2005-07-08 until 2005-08-28
Witte de With Center for Contemportary Art
This summer Witte de With, TENT. and the Nederlands fotomuseum are showing a selection from the art collection of the Austrian Generali Foundation. This exhibition is the first time that the unique collection of the Generali Foundation from Vienna has been shown in the Netherlands. In the late 1980s, the Generali Foundation began to establish a collection of contemporary art that occupies a cutting-edge position in the worlds of film, photography, video, and the visual arts. The collection focused its attention on conceptual art and performance, on cross-overs between art, architecture and design, and on art practices that address socio-political topics and the roles of media and mass media.
Photography, film, video, and installations are amply represented in the collection - the Generali Foundation has in fact been a pioneer in collecting policy involving these media. It holds the largest European collection of videos by artists. Another feature that distinguishes the Generali Foundation from other institutions is the collection's strong focus on the work of the many female artists who are still inadequately represented in museums. The collection currently comprises about 1,700 works by 160 artists.
Occupying Space presents internationally celebrated artists such as VALIE EXPORT, Dan Graham, Harun Farocki, Hans Haacke, Friedl Kubelka, Gordon Matta-Clark, Martha Rosler, Adrian Piper, and Franz West, placing their work in an historical context and juxtaposing work by artists of a younger generation.
Walter Pichler, TV-Helm (Das tragbare Wohnzimmer)
© Generali Foundation Collection Vienna