1. In "De Profundis" - the artist’s first one-man show at the ALBERTINA - sculptor Erwin Wurm shows a new group of works. Photographies show his friends, most of them artists or in the art business and posing in a body language unusually "unmodern" in this media but well known from the gothic or renaissance. By painting over them with brush and acrylic - taking away here and adding masses there - Wurm avoids simple voyeuristic recognizing and adds a sculpural quality. Dec 12,2012 - Feb 17, 2013.

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  2. In her installation "Wenn Ihr wollt, ist es kein Traum" in the main room of the SECESSION YAEL BARTANA addresses the spirits of two pioneers, Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl who, in different approaches sought to bring redemption to the individual and to the collective. The founder of modern psychoanalysis and the visionary of a state for Jews lived just a couple of houses away from each other on Berggasse in Vienna, yet their paths never crossed. Yael Bartana brings them together in a temple of Utopia to create a moment of collective consciousness and awake the ghost of history to hopefully get some answers. She declares both the spiritual gods of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), which she founded in 2007, a fictional movement dealing with political imagination calling for the return of 3.300.000 Jews to Poland to right the wrongs history has imposed and to reclaim the promise of a utopian future that all citizens deserve.

    In her film retaped Rape (2012) and a series of photographs documenting the making of the film FIONA RUKSCHCIO deals with the roles assigned to women, with identity construction, and with extreme emotional experiences. The film takes its cue and structure from Rape by Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1969 in which the camera pursues a young woman through London back to her apartment, the woman appears flattered at first, but becomes increasingly anxious and deeply disturbed. Rukschcio re-filmed the work, recreating the same shots at the original locations, but without the woman.

    With her exhibition, LIZ DESCHENES touches on two fields of interest: architecture and exhibition displays. "The reference is cameras as rooms," she says,"'Camera' literally means room in Latin, with that in mind I'll reframe the configurations of these rooms using the photograms." Her works are made by exposing photographic paper for several hours, out of doors, mostly at night, before fixing it and treating it with toners. The chemicals leave streaks and spots, and there are hand- and fingerprints from the artist's handling of the material. Dec 7, 2012 - Feb 10, 2013.

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  3. Brooklyn based artist Vince Contarino talks about his relationship to abstract paintings, his interest in the parameters that paint on canvas can have and how artists now have the audiences for their work due to the groundwork laid down by the initial foundation of abstract art from the 20th century. His work can be seen at the Essl Museum's 2012 exhibition, 'New. New York'.

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  4. Brooklyn based brothers, Steven Ladd and William Ladd have been collaborating since their early childhood and have been working professionally together as designers and artists for a dozen years. Using the backdrop of childhood memories, they weave and construct elaborate manifestations of their shared experiences and often work with materials either found or donated.

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  5. Contemporary New York City artists in the year 2012 show and tell us all about their art making, their studio practice, and what it's like to be working as an artist at the heart of the art scene in the 21st century. This film was made for the Essl Museum and their 2012-2013 exhibit, "New. New York", produced by Kbest Productions.

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