Collections and Excursions

Exhibition on view: October 19, 2019 – March 8, 2020
Place of exhibition: Mönchsberg [1]


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. Several other aspects—ranging from rhythms of urban life to social interaction—also reveal the close intertwining of bodies and cities.


The exhibition 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 brings together key works and rarely shown works 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 focus on the body as a medium. In another thematic field, bodies and architecture are examined as juxtaposed vehicles of ideology, identity, and history. 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.


Curators: Marijana Schneider und Jürgen Tabor


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

Isa Genzken, Met Life, 1997. Color photograph from the portfolio postproduction © Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Photo: Werner Kaligofsky