Works from the Collection
The ÖMSUBM is home to an extensive and constantly growing multimedia collection of records, magazines, autographs, and memorabilia, which is on display at this vibrant site of education and discussion about Black art and history. The collection is intentionally open source and new works can be added at any time. Donations, loans, and acquisitions from private citizens make up the heart of the archive, whose curatorial mission is to write a new chapter of Austrian and German history and museum design.
Curators: Dalia Ahmed, Joana Tischkau, Anta Helena Recke, Elisabeth Hampe und Frieder Blume
Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 ViennaGetting there
Arabella Kiesbauer – Television Entertainment Pioneer
Many of us grew up with her on our TV screens. The pioneer of talk shows on German-language TV was born Cosima Arabella-Asereba Eblinger in Vienna in 1969. At the age of just 18 she stood in front of the cameras for the first time as the presenter of the ORF youth magazine program “X-Large” and has since made TV history several times. Whether as the host of her very own ProSieben talk show “Arabella,” which had stellar ratings on afternoon television, as the presenter of the talent show “Starmania,” or in a dirndl on the cult TV show “Bauer sucht Frau.”
Television Entertainment Pioneer shines a spotlight on Arabella Kiesbauer’s career from her television appearances to Playboy cover shoots to the screen icon’s reception in German and Austrian media.
Spotlight on Eurodance – Haddaway und seine Zeitgenoss*innen
La Bouche, Unique 2, Two in One, Beat 4 Feet, Snap!, Haddaway, and others. Who doesn’t know the Eurodance stars of the early ’90s?! Simple, infectious electronic beats, rap, and vocals were the three main ingredients of these bands and tracks that were mostly produced in Europe. Its “MaRaFraSi” principle (man raps, woman sings) has gone down in history. The mostly white producer duos were very keen to imply a vague internationality or a connection to the USA in order to increase sales. Yet the members of all the groups named above were in fact Austrian or German. When not traveling around the world performing concerts, the global superstar Haddaway (What is Love) works from Kitzbühel, where he has lived for 35 years.
Cassettes, autographs, dancing stuffed toys, and diverse memorabilia related to various musicians enter into a dialogue with one another in the exhibition Spotlight on Eurodance to provide a new and comprehensive insight into the creative work of Austrians and Germans in this genre.
Better Volksoper than Broadway – Olive Moorefield
Just twenty years old at the time, when the singer Olive Moorefield came to Vienna during a tour in 1953, she had already played a minor supporting role on Broadway in the US. Whether it was Moorefield who fell in love with Vienna or Vienna in Moorefield or both in each other, depends on which of the countless interviews and newspaper profiles you read. Whatever the reason, just a few months after her first visit, Moorefield returned to the metropolis on the Danube—for good. She accepted an engagement at the Volksoper and over the next two decades became one of its biggest stars. She sang and performed leading parts (including in Kiss Me Kate and Porgy and Bess), starred in numerous films, and released successful records. She had her photograph taken in traditional costume in front of a Viennese backdrop and was a popular special guest at museum openings and Heurigen (wine taverns) alike. “New Musical Star in Old Vienna” was the headline that ran in the American Ebony magazine in 1962.
The exhibition Better Volksoper than Broadway brings together original backdrops and costumes, newspaper articles, and clips from TV shows from Olive Moorefield’s first ten years in Vienna—the years in which the unknown US singer enjoyed her greatest successes in the German-language entertainment industry.