Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, 1975.
Since the founding of the mumok collection in 1959, the museum has collected approximately 10,000 works by some 1,600 artists. 55 Dates invites you to meet 55 of these works, to "blind dates" with art. A first meeting, a visual scanning takes place while browsing the publication 55 Dates , which wants to be understood as an exhibition in hardcover. Only later does the physical experience take place, the encounter between the viewer and the object in the room. Thus, the conventional sequence is radically reversed and not a catalog developed to accompany an exhibition, but rather an exhibition from a catalog.
55 Dates showcases a mix of individual preferences and interests, known and lesser known, artists who have gone down in art history, and others to discover. Publication and exhibition show that art history is not an objective narrative, but is guided and influenced by its protagonists. Neither do the two media portray the mumok collection in their entirety, nor do they correspond to conventional expectations of a lexical survey collection of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
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