Salzburg

VALIE EXPORT, EXTREM / ITÄTEN DES VERHALTENS (EXTREM / ITIES OF BEHAVIOR), 1972, photocollage,  24 1⁄8 × 11 5⁄8".

VALIE EXPORT, EXTREM / ITÄTEN DES VERHALTENS (EXTREM / ITIES OF BEHAVIOR), 1972, photocollage, 24 1⁄8 × 11 5⁄8".

VALIE EXPORT

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Villa Kast

Depend on VALIE EXPORT, the provocatrice passionnée and icon of international feminist art, to mess with the cherished format of the Advent-season gallery show. As the glühwein was flowing at the Christmas market outside Thaddaeus Ropac’s elegant showrooms next to Salzburg’s Mirabellgarten, Austria’s most radical artist demonstrated inside the gallery that the fires of rebellion, indignation, and courage are still burning bright.

The controversial work EXPORT produced in the 1960s and 1970s has lost none of its fresh energy and sharp edge. Developing a rich set of themes, ideas, and aesthetic strategies, as well as pioneering creative uses of novel technologies, the artist, who turns eighty next year, built a career on bold experimentation. An indefatigable critic of power structures and the ways in which authority is exercised, she has made art that is pugnacious and strident, occasionally

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