From February 17, to May 5, 2013, Grundfrage (Fundamental Question), a group exhibition with Nils Bech, Carina Brandes, Christian Falsnaes, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Florian Hecker, Oscar Murillo, Noële Ody, Max Peintner, Jean-Michel Wicker & Legs In The Morning by Geta Brătescu, a concert by Koudlam, a lecture by Colin de Land (1992), Scent Of The Withering Alpine Rose by Martin Walde, Schorsch Böhme, curated by Severin Dünser & Christian Kobald, COCO Vienna, and a project room with Guillaume Barth.
«If the set represents a town it must look like a town that has been built to last precisely two hours. One must conjure up the reality of time. Everything must be provisional yet polite.» (BB)
For Grundfrage, CRAC Alsace acts as a kind of enormous stage, presenting a mix of art and non art, highly time-based, a dispersed gesamtkunstwerk—a neo-90s type of exhibition. It's a thematic group show, but its topic is withheld from the public and communicated purely to the artists (to keep any didacticism out of the show). The works deal with ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪, though in an oblique way. In art historical terms it carries the symbolical values of classic still life, in everyday terms it resembles the leftovers of a party. A publication will be produced after the exhibition has closed.
COCO (Contemporary Concerns) was founded as a heterogeneous forum for the production, presentation, analysis and exploration of contemporary art. Located in a passageway in central Vienna, the kunstverein comprised two gallery spaces and a bar. Emphasising experimental forms of curating and the exhibition as medium, COCO complemented its thematic group shows with a programme of theory and events. Run by curators Severin Dünser and Christian Kobald, COCO now operates on a project basis.
- Publication Grundfrage (pdf)