Location: 21er Haus
An installation by Joseph Kosuth
With works from the Belvedere Collection and the Sigmund Freud Museum Contemporary Art Collection
In 1989 American Conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth created the installation Zero & Not on occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Sigmund Freud’s death. It marked the beginning of the Sigmund Freud Museum Contemporary Art Collection featuring outstanding international artists, to which Kosuth made a crucial contribution.
Twenty-five years later – the seventy-fifth anniversary of Freud’s death – the 21er Haus and Joseph Kosuth are staging an exhibition based on Zero & Not. It combines a series of the artist’s Freud-related works with a selection of artworks from the Sigmund Freud Museum Contemporary Art Collection and the Belvedere Collection.
The exhibition takes the form of a spatial installation by Kosuth and is both a work of art and curatorship, drawing on the artist’s seminal projects Wittgenstein – Das Spiel des Unsagbaren at the Vienna Secession (1989) and The Play of the Unmentionable at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1990).
With artworks by John Baldessari, Günter Brus, Victor Burgin, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Clegg & Guttmann, Jessica Diamond, Marc Goethals, Douglas Gordon, Georg Herold, Susan Hiller, Hans Hollein, Jenny Holzer, Birgit Jürgenssen, Ilya Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Tina Lechner, Sherrie Levine, Paul McCarthy, Olaf Nicolai, Constanze Ruhm, Markus Schinwald, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Haim Steinbach, Jürgen Teller, Franz West, Heimo Zobernig etc.
Curated by Mario Codognato, Joseph Kosuth, and Luisa Ziaja.