previews

  • “Cuba—Cuba—Cuba: Maps of Desire”

    Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
    Museumsplatz 1
    March 19–May 30, 1999

    The title says it all. Co-organized by Eugenio Valdés Figueroa of Havana and Austria’s Gerald Matt, this exhibition capitalizes on the current international vogue for Cuba and on the talent of its artists, both émigrés and those who’ve remained. Among the ten to be included here are Abigaíl González, Kcho, Marta María Péez Bravo, Tania Bruguera, and Félix González Torres. The seventy-odd works (videos, photographs, installations, and performance pieces) brought together in Vienna are to be organized thematically. The catalogue includes critical essays on Cuban art, cinema, music, and literature, as well as interviews with each of the artists in the show. Mar. 19–May 30.

  • Maria Lassnig

    mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
    Museumsplatz 1
    March 26–May 24, 1999

    “The body gets in the, way,” the Austrian painter Maria Lassnig once said; our corporeal selves are heavy and lethargic, our thoughts light. For the last four decades, Lassnig’s art has been animated by this familiar anxiety. Her métier is the self-portrait, though her representations—ever evocative, at times ironic—are not always immediately discernable as such. Institutional recognition has been slow to come to this artist, but, at long last Lassnig is honored with a retrospective on the occasion of her eightieth birthday. Wolfgang Drechsler brings together approximately 100 works and pens an essay for the catalogue. Texts by the artist are also included.

  • ''Renee Green: Between and Including"

    Secession
    Friedrichstraße 12
    February 10–April 4, 1999

    Obsessed with the malleability of cultural memory, Renée Green seeks to document and retrieve (through videos and photographs) the partially buried ruins of the recent past: from countercultural events of the ’60s and ’70s to demolished site-specific installations (e.g., projects by Robert Smithson and Marcel Broodthaers). Green’s newest video, Some Chance Operations, which premieres here, recoups the images of the nearly forgotten Italian filmmaker Elvira Notari (the video will be presented in a specially constructed maze). Vienna Secession curator Kathrin Rohmberg has assembled three installations from 1996–99, shown together for the first time. A CD-ROM and a catalogue including selections by Lynne Tillman and Cookie Mueller accompanies the show.