Do Nothing. Feel Everything.

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Date and time

19/11/202120/02/2022

To speak about madness or unreason is to speak not only about forms of consciousness but also about the description of historical systems of thought. Whether madness is described as a philosophical or spiritual phenomenon or as an objective medical psychopathology, these conceptions are not discoveries in themselves – rather, they are historical productions of meaning. So, if madness is a phenomenon of culture, curing the mad is not the only possible reaction to insanity.

In this state of shared insanity, we wonder how we can instrumentalize our own condition, or maybe learn from it. Not for the sake of optimizing our yield but because, as humans, we are behavioral strategists and learning is, at its core, a biological process. Therefore, this group exhibition looks into art practices from diverse geographies that understand insanity as a form of knowledge and that use risk-taking as a method to learn, when there is something at stake – practices that through careful bruising attempt to heal. But we must not forget that madness does not tell the truth about art, or vice versa. We still need to acknowledge the links between both, because as gays, butches, feminists, junkies, migrants, the undocumented, sex workers, crips, HIV positives, transsexuals, transgenders … our relation to art today can only be paranoid.

LOCATION

Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Wien

kunsthallewien.at

+43 1 521 89 33

office@kunsthallewien.at

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz

The Kunsthalle Wien is the exhibition house for contemporary art of the City of Vienna. At its two locations, thematic group exhibitions and individual presentations offer insight into the current national and international art scene. With its numerous activities it is one of the most attractive exhibition venues for contemporary art in Europe.

OTHER EVENTS
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OPEN

Friday, 3. June 2022Sunday, 20. February 2022

VERA KOX ((undulating))
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VERA KOX ((undulating))

Friday, 29. April 2022Sunday, 20. February 2022

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JOSEF HOFFMANN

Progress Through Beauty

Wednesday, 15. December 2021Sunday, 20. February 2022 10:00

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GÜNTER UMBERG

Field 2

Thursday, 28. April 2022Sunday, 20. February 2022

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PERMANENT COLLECTION VIENNA 1900

Design/Arts and Crafts 1890–1938

Wednesday, 1. July 2020Sunday, 20. February 2022

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arm & reich

Friday, 5. November 2021Sunday, 20. February 2022

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Defiant Muses. Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives of 1970s and 1980s Franc

Thursday, 7. April 2022Sunday, 20. February 2022

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Siegfried Zaworka

Funktionale

Friday, 27. September 2019Sunday, 20. February 2022

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Opening: mixed up with others before we even begin

Exhibition opening

Friday, 25. November 2022Sunday, 20. February 2022 19:00

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mixed up with others before we even begin

Saturday, 26. November 2022Sunday, 20. February 2022