Call Me On Sunday
27 Mar - 31 May 2014
27 March - 31 May 2014
Curated by Ursula Maria Probst
In the context of CCC – Curators Collectors Collaborations
Marina Abramović, Ida Applebroog, Tauba Auerbach, Monika Baer, Clarina Bezzola, Juliette Bonneviot, Louise Bourgeois, Ulla von Brandenburg, Johanna Calle, Beatrice Caracciolo, Naia del Castillo, Angela de la Cruz, Katrina Daschner, Tacita Dean, Aleksandra Domanović, VALIE EXPORT, Marina Faust, Female Obsession, Mary Frank, Pamela Fraser, Sonja Gangl, Isa Genzken, Michela Ghisetti, Dorothee Golz, Katharina Grosse, Jitka Hanzlová, Kathi Hofer, Judith Hopf, Roni Horn, Anna Jermolaewa, Birgit Jürgenssen, Maureen Kaegi, Kerstin Kartscher, Luisa Kasalicky, Laleh Khorramian, Erika Giovanna Klien, Alena Kotzmannová, Alicja Kwade, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Maria Lassnig, Louise Lawler, Sonia Leimer, Natalia LL, Liza Lou, Dorit Margreiter, Ursula Mayer, Chiara Minchio, Şükran Moral, Martina Nehrling, Meret Oppenheim, Laura Owens, Danica Phelps, Amalia Pica, PRINZGAU/Podgorschek, Agnieszka Polska, Pushpamala N., Rivka Rinn, Judith Rohrmoser a.k.a. Jaye, Signe Ross, Karin Ruggaber, Eva Schlegel, Toni Schmale, Nora Schultz, Constanze Schweiger, Nino Sekhniashvili, Elfie Semotan, Cindy Sherman, Esther Stocker, Despina Stokou, Ingeborg Strobl, Meg Stuart, Urszula Tarasiewicz, Maria Temnitschka, Tatiana Trouvé, Julia Vecsei, Sophie Whettnall
CALL ME ON SUNDAY is the second of several parts of the long-term series CCC (curators collectors collaborations) initiated by Krinzinger Gallery - a starting point for the interconnection of international collectors and curators. The exhibition, curated by Viennese curator Ursula Maria Probst, features works from mostly private art collections. Probst provides insights into private spheres, reads art historical and cultural trails and casts a new glance on thoroughly grown collection concepts, paving the way for new ways of understanding them. The exhibition’s title CALL ME ON SUNDAY initially sounds like an appealing invitation to a date, but is actually - ambiguously and distinctly at the same time - referring to a specific moment of personal exchange between the collectors and the curator of the exhibition. On Sundays, when telephonic and electronic communication is at least partly reduced, collectors find the time to indulge in their passion for art and are at hand for curators.
As essential protagonists of the contemporary art scene, collectors are equally important to its functioning as artists, gallery owners, curators or art critics. But which group of persons does this diffuse and often generically used term refer? An obvious, if somewhat limited approach to answering this question is offered by the US-American art magazine “ARTnew’s” list of the world’s 200 most influential collectors. A different approach to the topic is reflecting on the question of possible intentions behind the practice of collecting art:
Similar to the artistic discourse, the debate on collecting functions via various subfields - much like in today’s globally expanding art scene, parallel worlds arise. For Probst, much intellectual excitement lies in establishing the connections between specific categories of meaning and in discerning varying and distinct practices of collecting in order to better understand the interlocking of artistic, individual and economic potential. In private collections, works of art are frequently assigned their value not only on the basis of their aesthetic qualities, but also by their underlying, individual history. Artworks as aesthetic objects react directly to certain cultural demands, providing a ritualized strategy of coping with the challenges of an ever-changing world. In the context of collecting the term “spleen” comes to mind: it usually describes the habit of eccentrics, to exaltedly and ceaselessly pursue a certain idea. Personal passions and/or authentic obsessions thus are essential components of those art collections, the exhibition CALL ME ON SUNDAY draws upon. Inspired by the consequent attitudes of the collectors Valeria Napoleone (London) and Alexia Stuefer (Vienna), who limit their collections to artworks by female artists, CALL ME ON SUNDAY focuses on 77 artistic positions by female artists. The Krinzinger Projekte’s exhibitions spaces therefore display oeuvres of international artists in private collections and arranges them in a dramaturgically intertwined setting.
The exhibition also makes references to the legendary show “Eccentric Abstraction” by US-American curator and critic Lucy Lippard, that took place in New York in 1966 and - deviating from what the title would suggest - addressed the subjects of strong, autonomous, female corporeality and lifestyle. Our notions of physicalness, intimacy and sexual identity have radically changed in the past two decades - female artists no longer have to strike up the old anthems of empowerment per se. The curator’s decision to exclusively display female artists nevertheless claims a reinterpretation of feminist and postfeminist issues and implications. Sculptures, photographies, paintings, videos and performances form a transmedial project and allow for CALL ME ON SUNDAY to unfold a striking contextual and material presence. Never before have female artists been more successful than today - a fact, that is reflected as a meta-phenomenon in the collections partaking in the exhibition. In spite of that, international art rankings are still dominated by male artists. Intertwining several thematic strings, CALL ME ON SUNDAY can thus be seen as a pleading for an intensified analytical plunge into the ever-changing practices of collecting and as a clear accentuation of the desire for an autonomous and self-determined way of living.
Special thanks to the consignors:
Mag. Victoria Dejaco, Angélica Castelló/Burkhard Stangl, Dr. Gertraud Gürtler, Mag. Anja Hasenlechner, Dr.Alexander Jurkowitsch, Volkmar Käppl, Michael Klaar, Mag. Thomas Lugmair, Valeria Napoleone, Sammlung Hans Oberrauch, Daniel Pabst, Dr. Wolfgang Renner, Dr. Gabriele Schor, Dr. Walter Seidl, Sammlung SoART Gmbh, Alexia Stuefer, Dr. Jasmin Wolfram and some anonymous private collections, Vienna.
Special thanks to all participating artists!
Special thanks to the galleries:
Almine Rech (Paris), Gabriele Senn (Vienna), Deborah Schamoni (Munich), Gagosian Gallery (New York/London), Hauser & Wirth (Zurich), Kisterem (Budapest), Johann König (Berlin), Rosemarie Schwarzwälder (Vienna), White Cube (London), Wilkinson Gallery (London)
Ursula Maria Probst lives and works in Vienna as an art historian, visiting professor, university lecturer, art critic (Kunstforum International, Spike Art Quarterly, Modern Painting), curator (projects in public spaces, KÖR, Public Art Niederösterreich, Europart, Fluc, LWZ, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna Art Week, Künstlerhaus Vienna) and artist. Artistic work with and about Louise Bourgeois in New York. Co-initiator of the Female Obsession performance collective.
The long-term exhibition series CCC (curators collectors collaborations) initiated by Krinzinger Gallery / Krinzinger Projekte aims at engaging collectors and curators in co-realising exhibitions on the basis of the
respective collections and in opening new perspectives on collecting policies. On the one hand the goal is to professionalise the collectors by strengthening their ties to the gallery, on the other hand the project targets at establishing a strong market with an exemplary pull effect. Krinzinger Gallery invites national and international curators to art historically research and investigate Austrian and foreign private collections and to realise exhibitions in the Krinzinger Projekte’s show rooms. Collectors should then slip into the role of the curator by reflecting on their own practice in order to become aware of their own preferences and thus be able to develop visions for their own collections. Whereas curators get the possibility of gathering practical experience and realising top-class exhibitions, collectors are provided with professional guidance in conceptualising and expanding their own collections.