Bodies-Cities

Collections and Excursions

Exhibitions on view: October 18, 2019 – March 8, 2020
Place of exhibition: Mönchsberg [2]

Cities, especially major metropolises, are fascinating phenomena. They are constantly changing environments; places where social activity interweaves with architectural, political, and economic structures. The human body plays a central role within this intricate fabric. Present-day forms of protest in particular have highlighted the fact that, even though we live in an age of increasing digitization, physical presence in urban space has an enormous impact. But several other aspects—ranging from rhythms of urban life to social interaction—also reveal the close intertwining of body and city.

Bodies–Cities traces this connection between the body and the urban environment via various routes from the sociocritical art of the 1960s and 1970s up to the present. The exhibition is a joint project with the Generali Foundation and brings together key works and rarely shown art from the collections of the Generali Foundation and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg as well as a selection of international loans.

Bodies–Cities is organized into several interconnected themes. The exhibition begins with explorations of urban spaces and ways of life that—analytically or subjectively—focus on the body as a medium. Bodies and architecture emerge as juxtaposed vehicles of ideology, identity, and history. But the exhibition also addresses the role of intimate spaces and isolated spheres of life within the urban fabric and considers the body as an instrument of subversion and resistance. Bodies–Cities thus brings to light the multifaceted, albeit not always obvious, connection between the seemingly contrasting entities “body and city.

With works by Anna Artaker / Meike S. Gleim, Alice Creischer / Andreas Siekmann, Lili Dujourie, VALIE EXPORT, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham, Ulrike Grossarth, Luis Jacob, Allan Kaprow, Renate Kowanz-Kocer, Friedl Kubelka, David Lamelas, Gordon Matta-Clark, László Moholy-Nagy, Inge Morath, Adrian Piper, Martha Rosler, Allan Sekula, Marinella Senatore, Richard Serra, Johanna Tinzl, Stephen Willats

Curators: Marijana Schneider and Jürgen Tabor

Luis Jacob, Album VIII, 2009 (Detail), Plate 73 of 76 plates, picture montages (source material from different books and magazines) © Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Photo: Rainer Iglar
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