/library (Update)

Opening, October 1, 2020, 7 pm
Exhibition, October 2 – November 13, 2020

Group exhibition with books by Ines Doujak, Dorit Margreiter, Josef Dabernig, Tanja Widmann, Martin Beck, Inge Vavra, Ulrike Müller, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Anna Witt, Siegfried Zaworka, Kris Lemsalu, kozekhörlonski, Christoph Schäfer, Agnes Fuchs, Johannes Porsch, Joséphine Kaeppelin, Ricarda Denzer, Kathi Hofer, Ignacio Uriarte, Ernst Logar, Mario Navarro, Ricardo Basbaum, and many others.

On the occasion of its 15th anniversary, Kunstraum Lakeside is both reviewing the past and looking forward to the future. The exhibition space will draw on its own library to illustrate the history of this site of art production at the crossroads between the economy and science. The library and the artist’s books and theoretical writings it collects serve here as a starting point for taking a fresh look at the thematic fields that have been negotiated at the Kunstraum over the past 15 years in the form of exhibitions: “Form and Identity,” “Controlled Bodies,” “Reconstructions,” “Reordering,” “Neighborhood,” “Close Ties,” “Economy and Gender,” “Mobility and Control,” “Media Use,” “Economic Edens,” and “Borderlines of Work” are just a few of the topics that have been put up for discussion since the founding of art space in 2005.

The exhibition /library (update) looks at the book as a form of artistic expression, the characteristics of which Sol LeWitt defined in Art-Rite Magazine (no. 14, January 1976) as follows: “Artists’ books are, like any other medium, a means of conveying art ideas from the artist to the viewer/reader. Unlike most other media they are available to all at a low cost. They do not need a special place to be seen. They are not valuable except for the ideas they contain. They contain the material in a sequence which is determined by the artist. (The reader/viewer can read the material in any order but the artist presents it as s/he thinks it should be). Art shows come and go but books stay around for years. They are works themselves, not reproductions of works. Books are the best medium for many artists working today. The material seen on the walls of galleries in many cases cannot be easily read/seen on walls but can be more easily read at home under less intimidating conditions. It is the desire of artists that their ideas be understood by as many people as possible. Books make it easier to accomplish this.”