previews

  • Tue Greenfort, Flexible Weihnachtsbaum-Einsammlung (Flexible Christmas Tree Collection), 2005, wall text, christmas trees, dimensions vary.

    Tue Greenfort

    Secession
    Friedrichstraße 12
    July 25 - November 18

    Curated by Jeanette Pacher

    In its engagement with current socioeconomic and environmental conditions, Berlin-based artist Tue Greenfort’s practice strikes an impish balance between consumption and conservation. In his projects, conceptual and critical works—appropriated and subtly reengineered—crop up in “new” forms: In 2005, Greenfort re-presented Hans Haacke’s 1963–65 Condensation Cube, now made with water bottled by Coca-Cola; his use of oversize exhibition captions echoes Lawrence Weiner’s wall texts; a melted plastic jug set on a gallery floor evokes Richard Serra’s molten Splashing of 1968. Such recycling—of ideas and attitudes as much as imagery and materials—draws attention, often amused, toward the finer-grained aspects of urban existence. Producing about ten new pieces for this show—including sculpture, photography, and installation—Greenfort will tackle such weighty subjects as industrial history, overpopulation, and hunger.

  • Wilhelm Reich

    Jewish Museum Vienna | Dorotheergasse
    Dorotheergasse 11
    November 16 - March 9

    Curated by Birgit Johler

    Depending on one's point of view, Wilhelm Reich was either a renegade crackpot psychoanalyst or a visionary sociopsychological theorist and countercultural hero. He joined Freud's circle in 1920, but his political militancy and unorthodox writings soon alienated him from the established psychoanalytic community. He remains best known for his body-oriented psychology, with its theories regarding the liberating power of the orgasm, and his hypothesis of a universal life energy he called orgone. Johler's survey of Reich's life and work amasses three-hundred-odd objects and documents—including, of course, one of the boxes known as orgone accumulators. The exhibition—organized in collaboration with the Wilhelm Reich Museum in Rangeley, Maine—also features artworks and experimental films by Joseph Beuys, Mara Mattuschka, William Steig, and others who were inspired by Reich's theories, as well as two of Reich's own paintings.