Kunsthalle Wien


28 Apr - 31 May 2010

© Corine Vermeulen
Diaz Family and their '48 Chevrolet Fleetline (Detroit), 2008

KUNSTHALLE wien project space,
April 28th - May 31th, 2010

“Renaissance City”, one of the many epithets applied to the once thriving industrial powerhouse of Detroit, contributed much to the creation of the myth surrounding this metropolis in the American federal state of Michigan. So did the designation of this centre of the American automotive industry as “Motor City” or the name of the “Motown” soul and pop record label derived from it. The economic recession and the now fully fledged chronic sales crisis afflicting the industry giants General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have radically altered Detroit’s urban reality. The idiosyncratic art scene of the shrinking city reflects that economic and demographic downturn.
Revitalisation projects have come into being and colourful worlds of wonder. Selected contemporary art originating in, and dealing with, Detroit revolves around recycling and the Cult of the Car, about municipal ruins and the industrial heritage, about memories and nostalgia, about visions of the future and the invention of artful parallel universes.

Matthew Barney, Clara Beckmann, Ellen Cantor, Billy Conklin, John Corbin, John Cussans, Stig Eklund, Ford Wallace Ford, Jesper Just, The Heidelberg Project, Ben Hernandez, Scott Hocking, Cameron Jamie, Paul Albert Leitner, Ari Marcopoulos, Riso Mattner, McDermott & McGough, Jeff Mills, Gordon Newton, Object Orange, Ellen Phelan, Gina Reichert & Mitch Cope, Corine Vermeulen, Missy Wiggins

Curators: Gerald Matt, Ellen Cantor

Tags: Matthew Barney, Ellen Cantor, Cameron Jamie, Jesper Just, Paul Albert Leitner, Ari Marcopoulos, McDermott & McGough, Jeff Mills