The Beauty of Diversity

Until 18 August 2024

Sungi Mlengeya | Wallow, 2022 | Privatsammlung, Courtesy of Afriart Gallery © Sungi Mlengeya
Sungi Mlengeya | Wallow, 2022 | Privatsammlung, Courtesy of Afriart Gallery © Sungi Mlengeya

Efforts to expand and diversify museum collections are a logical consequence of today’s unconditional calls for equal rights and freedom of expression. The exhibition The Beauty of Diversity presents the rich depth and breadth of the ALBERTINA Museum’s contemporary collections while demonstrating the essential turn toward women and LGBTQIA+ artists, people of color, aboriginal artistic stances, and autodidacts, all of whose works stand out before the contrasting foil of the Old Masters.

Today’s art world is characterized by a deep interest in identity politics and its issues of class, race, and gender. The resulting broad spectrum of artistic, stylistic, and substantive approaches represents a necessary expansion of the historical canon that is represented at the ALBERTINA Museum by artists ranging from Michelangelo and Raphael to Dürer, Rembrandt, and Rubens and on to Goya, Schiele, Picasso, and Warhol.

Gelitin/Gelatin MONA LISA (2184), 2020 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Haselsteiner Family Collection  © Gelitin/Gelatin & Bildrecht, Vienna 2024
Gelitin/Gelatin MONA LISA (2184), 2020 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Haselsteiner Family Collection © Gelitin/Gelatin & Bildrecht, Vienna 2024
August Walla | Ewigkeitendepolizist.!, 1988 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Haselsteiner Family Collection  © ART BRUT KG
August Walla | Ewigkeitendepolizist.!, 1988 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Haselsteiner Family Collection © ART BRUT KG

In its various chapters, this spring exhibition at ALBERTINA MODERN develops an aesthetics of the diverse that upends the ideality of classicist stylistic and formal strivings as well as the conception of the human being as one-dimensional, preferring to instead pursue the beauty of the grotesque, impure, and repressed while lending visibility to that which is marginalized, downcast, and divergent from the norm.

The hybrid mixing and recombination of various systems and genders plays as prominent a role here as does the presentation of the marginalized. The inclusion of artists from Australia, Africa, Asia, and South America is a priority in this exhibition and serves to undermine the exclusive character of eurocentric thought and action as well as western art and culture.

Autodidacts exemplify a pronounced will to do what one must do, proving their authenticity in how they point out art’s internal necessity. Just as, individuals who probe and transcend boundaries not only call to mind art’s role as an anthropological constant but also—through their divergent modes of existence—exemplify nonconformist ways of living and working.

The exhibition is on view at the ALBERTINA MODERN Museum from 16 February to 18 August 2024.

Artists:

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eva Beresin, Amoako Boafo, Verena Bretschneider, Cecily Brown, Nyunmiti Burton, Miriam Cahn, Alexandre Diop, Ines Doujak, Jean Dubuffet, Stefanie Erjautz, Jadé Fadojutimi, Gelitin/Gelatin, Aïcha Khorchid, Soli Kiani, Basil Kincaid, Jürgen Klauke, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Elena Koneff, Maria Lassnig, Daniel Lezama, Angelika Loderer, Claudia Märzendorfer, Jonathan Meese, Sungi Mlengeya, Tracey Moffatt, Michel Nedjar, Tony Oursler, Grayson Perry, Marc Quinn, Franz Ringel, George Rouy, Iris Sageder, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Slappey, Kiki Smith, Tal R, VALIE EXPORT, Jannis Varelas, August Walla, Franz West, Kennedy Yanko

Exhibition views | Photos © Robert Bodnar – 9 Images

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Opening hours ALBERTINA MODERN
Daily | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are available on site at the ticket desks during museum opening hours or in our webshop. The ticket is valid for all exhibitions of the museum that are accessible on the day of your visit.

To enjoy a relaxed visit, take advantage of hours when the museum is known to be less frequented: the early afternoons on weekdays or after 5:00 pm. On weekends and public holidays we also recommend visiting between 1:00 and 3:00 pm or in the evening.

EXHIBITION PROGRAM 

Public guided tours (in German)
Learn about highlights and backgrounds of the exhibition in a one-hour guided tour of the exhibition.
Dates & tickets

For private or school tours, please contact our Art Education Department on weekdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm at +43 1 534 83 540 or .

Verena Bretschneider: Adam, 1989

Verena Bretschneider | Adam, 1989 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Collection Dagmar and Manfred Chobot © Verena Georgina Bretschneider

Sungi Mlengeya: Wallow, 2022

Sungi Mlengeya | Wallow, 2022 | Privatsammlung, Courtesy of Afriart Gallery © Sungi Mlengeya

Gelitin/Gelatin: MONA LISA (2184), 2020

Gelitin/Gelatin | MONA LISA (2184), 2020 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Haselsteiner Family Collection © Gelitin/Gelatin & Bildrecht, Vienna 2024

August Walla: Ewigkeitendepolizist.!, 1988

August Walla | Ewigkeitendepolizist.!, 1988 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Haselsteiner Family Collection © ART BRUT KG

Jean Dubuffet: Red hat, lowered eyes, 1954

Jean Dubuffet | Red hat, lowered eyes, 1954 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The Batliner Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna 2024

Alexandre Diop: Il était une fois le Mouton Noir, 2021

Alexandre Diop | Il était une fois le Mouton Noir, 2021 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Alexandre Diop

Cecily Brown: Cherries and Pearls, 2020

Cecily Brown | Cherries and Pearls, 2020 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – On Loan from the Dames Collection, Berlin © Cecily Brown. Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Cindy Sherman: Untitled, 2003

Cindy Sherman | Untitled, 2003 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth | Photo: © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Amoako Boafo: Ivy Off Shoulder Dress, 2023

Amoako Boafo | Ivy Off Shoulder Dress, 2023 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Haselsteiner Family Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna 2024 | Photo © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger

Miriam Cahn: Zurückschlagen, 2018

Miriam Cahn | Zurückschlagen, 2018 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – On permanent loan from the Austrian Ludwig Foundation for Art and Science © Miriam Cahn

Franz Ringel: Expulsion from Paradise, 1978

Franz Ringel | Expulsion from Paradise, 1978 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna 2024

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THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

The Beauty of Diversity
Editors: Klaus Albrecht Schröder und Angela Stief
Publishing year: 2024
German | 224 pages
EUR 32.90 

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