Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller

The Self in the Mirror of the Other. Photographs and Films, 1968–2018

Duration of exhibition: June 20 – November 1, 2020
Place of exhibition: Mönchsberg [1]


This exhibition pays homage to Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller (1946 London, UK – Vienna, AT), one of the most remarkable Austrian artists of recent decades. Since the late 1960s, Kubelka vom Gröller has built an oeuvre whose pioneering achievements tie in with a wide range of practices: conceptual photography, avant-garde and experimental filmmaking, feminist art, and Freudian psychoanalysis. The artist—who is also a trained psychoanalyst—ties these diverse interests together in her central undertaking: a sustained exploration of the psychological force of the portrait. What fascinates her about the portrait genre is not its function as an instrument of political stagecraft and media spin, but rather its ability to facilitate unique encounters with ourselves and others.

Both in her own work and at the School of Artistic Photography and the School for Independent Film she founded, Kubelka vom Gröller has championed a searching and critical engagement with the media of photography and film.


The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see her oeuvre in a comprehensive survey of photographs and films from the Generali Foundation Collection, the Austrian Federal Photography Collection and the collection of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, rounded out by works on loan from the artist's private archive.


Curator: Jürgen Tabor

Friedl Kubelka, Das erste Jahresportrait,1972/73 (The First Year Portrait) (Part 1 from 11); Black-and-white and color photographs, mounted on cardboard; Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg © Photo: Werner Kaligofsky / Bildrecht, Vienna 2020