Wonderland

Until 19 September 2021

Muntean/Rosenblum | Untitled (Before we know it...), 2000 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Family Collection Haselsteiner © Muntean/Rosenblum
Muntean/Rosenblum | Untitled (Before we know it...), 2000 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Family Collection Haselsteiner © Muntean/Rosenblum

Fiona Rae | Wonderland, 2004 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht 2021 © Photo: Buchmann Galerie Berlin
Fiona Rae | Wonderland, 2004 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht 2021 © Photo: Buchmann Galerie Berlin

Wonderland: the title of a painting by Fiona Rae. A painting that reveals to us in one fell swoop a universe of the unimaginable and mad. Alice in Wonderland, that famous book by Lewis Carroll, reminds us that believing the impossible is simply a question of practice.

Armed with an imagination thus unleashed, the exhibition Wonderland sets off into uncharted worlds. The utopia of a successful life replete with bliss collides with dystopian bare landscapes where isolation and loneliness, melancholy, cruelty, and death reign supreme. Beyond just individual paintings, this exhibition as a whole sweeps us into a wonderland in which our present’s past encounters its own future.

In 1767, the great French Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot for the first time ascribed to art the power to compensate for a general loss of the world. Diderot viewed such compensation neither critically nor with mistrust. He much rather found it comforting inasmuch as it makes human beings’ alienation from religion, nature, and society easier to bear.

Art can do that. Art can inspire and comfort—despite that famous inside had by Lewis Carroll and delivered by his Cheshire Cat … to wit: “We are all mad here.”

Georg Baselitz | B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - Permanent loan from the Viehof Collection © Georg Baselitz
Georg Baselitz | B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - Permanent loan from the Viehof Collection © Georg Baselitz
Albert Oehlen | U.D.O. 9, 2005 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021
Albert Oehlen | U.D.O. 9, 2005 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021
Anselm Kiefer | Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermannsschlacht, 1993 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Permanent from the Austrian Ludwig-Foundation for art and science; © Anselm Kiefer and The Albertina Museum, Vienna
Anselm Kiefer | Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermannsschlacht, 1993 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Permanent from the Austrian Ludwig-Foundation for art and science; © Anselm Kiefer and The Albertina Museum, Vienna
Erwin Wurm | Fat car convertible, 2005 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021
Erwin Wurm | Fat car convertible, 2005 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021
Fiona Rae | Wonderland, 2004 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht 2021 © Photo: Buchmann Galerie Berlin
Fiona Rae | Wonderland, 2004 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht 2021 © Photo: Buchmann Galerie Berlin
Georg Baselitz | B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - Permanent loan from the Viehof Collection © Georg Baselitz
Georg Baselitz | B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - Permanent loan from the Viehof Collection © Georg Baselitz
Maria Lassnig | Die Last des Fleisches, 1973 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Maria Lassnig Stiftung/Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
Maria Lassnig | Die Last des Fleisches, 1973 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Maria Lassnig Stiftung/Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
Muntean/Rosenblum | Untitled (Before we know it...), 2000 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Family Collection Haselsteiner © Muntean/Rosenblum
Muntean/Rosenblum | Untitled (Before we know it...), 2000 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Family Collection Haselsteiner © Muntean/Rosenblum
Roy Lichtenstein | Wallpaper with blue Floor Interior, 1992 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021
Roy Lichtenstein | Wallpaper with blue Floor Interior, 1992 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021
Franz West | Sitzskulptur, 2004 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Archiv Franz West
Franz West | Sitzskulptur, 2004 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Archiv Franz West
Georg Baselitz | Hockender Hund, 1968 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Georg Baselitz Foto © Photoatelier Laut
Georg Baselitz | Hockender Hund, 1968 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Georg Baselitz Foto © Photoatelier Laut
Gottfried Helnwein | Andy Warhol, New York, 1983 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Gottfried Helnwein | Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
Gottfried Helnwein | Andy Warhol, New York, 1983 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Gottfried Helnwein | Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
Markus Lüpertz | Vier Kreuze - dithyrambisch III, 1972 | Private Collection, Düsseldorf | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Markus Lüpertz | Photo © Stefan Fiedler - Salon Iris, Wien
Markus Lüpertz | Vier Kreuze - dithyrambisch III, 1972 | Private Collection, Düsseldorf | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Markus Lüpertz | Photo © Stefan Fiedler - Salon Iris, Wien
Sam Francis | Ohne Titel, 1962 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021 | Foto © Archiv Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam
Sam Francis | Ohne Titel, 1962 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021 | Foto © Archiv Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam
Gelitin (vormals Gelatin) | Ohne Titel (Aus der Serie
Gelitin (vormals Gelatin) | Ohne Titel (Aus der Serie "Guernica"), 2006 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
Harold Ancart | Untitled, 2019 | ALBERTINA, Wien - Dauerleihgabe Harold Ancart
Harold Ancart | Untitled, 2019 | ALBERTINA, Wien - Dauerleihgabe Harold Ancart
Jörg Immendorff | Ohne Titel, 1979 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
Jörg Immendorff | Ohne Titel, 1979 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
Marc Quinn | The Selfish Gene, 2007 | ALBERTINA, Wien © Marc Quinn Studio
Marc Quinn | The Selfish Gene, 2007 | ALBERTINA, Wien © Marc Quinn Studio
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
Exhibition view | Photo © Robert Bodnar
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