Vienna

Sophie Calle, Peace Dove (Nikolaiviertel), 1996, framed color photograph, 52 x 40 1/8". From Die Entfernung—The Detachment, 1996.

Vienna

1989

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
Museumsplatz 1 & at Karlsplatz
October 9, 2009–February 7, 2010

Curated by Cathérine Hug and Gerald Matt

Twenty years since the end of the cold war and finally, a proper jubilee! “1989: The End of History or Beginning of the Future? Comments on a Paradigm Shift” assembles the work of thirty-three artists who speak to the rupture the titular year represents. Eschewing pedantic sociohistorical analyses of the Berlin Wall and the iron curtain, the exhibition will be organized around ten central concepts, ranging from “Anatomy of Melancholy” to “Illusions of Capital.” Expect to experience space-hungry installations such as Ilya and Emilia Kabokov’s Great Archive, 1993, alongside more concentrated efforts—like Nedko Solakov’s 2007 Film related to Top Secret (1989–90). Hear Susan Philipsz singing the “Internationale” as Pushwagner regales you with stories of nightmarish totalitarian systems in the oversize drawings from his 1969–75 graphic novel, Soft City.