• Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Intersect, 1975, strip from a color film in 16 mm, 18 minutes 40 seconds.

    “Modernism as a Ruin”

    Generali Foundation
    Wiedner Hauptstraße 15
    June 19–September 20, 2009

    Curated by Sabine Folie

    Subtitled “An Archaeology of the Present” and featuring approximately forty works—including installation, sculpture, film, drawing, and books—this group exhibition takes up the recurrent curatorial fascination with entropy, decay, and the aesthetics of aftermath as potential sources for renewal and innovation. The show plumbs the formal skepticism of late modernism, including works by Dan Graham, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Isa Genzken, drawn from the Generali’s own signature collection, and its purview extends to encompass a subsequent generation of artists interested in mining the failed utopian models of the twentieth century for recuperative possibilities: Giuseppe Gabellone, Cyprien Gaillard, Florian Pumhösl, Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij, and Rob Voerman. The catalogue includes essays by curator Sabine Folie, Philip Ursprung, and Kai Vöckler, in addition to close considerations of each of the selected works.