• Agnès Geoffray, Night 3, 2005, digital C-print, 11 3/4 x 16 7/8". From the series “Nights,” 2005–2007. From “Salon der Angst.”

    “Salon der Angst”

    Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
    Museumsplatz 1 & at Karlsplatz
    September 6–January 12

    Curated by Catherine Hug and Nicolaus Schafhausen

    Face your fears. This imperative is clearly the rationale behind “Salon der Angst,” Nicolaus Schafhausen’s inaugural exhibition as director of Kunsthalle Wien. At this moment of grave economic and ecological crisis, the show is designed to target the affective dimensions of our attempts to handle a present and a future that are rife with a whole new range of insecurities. A host of artists, including Saâdane Afif, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Gerard Byrne, and Zin Taylor, will explore angst and its related symptoms, such as phobia, panic, and depression, both in terms of their historical contextualization and as specific manifestations in the here and now. The idea is to provide an occasion for constructive self-interrogation: To this end, Kunsthalle Wien’s two venues combine as one, a first in the institution’s history.