12 Jul 2018 - 03 Feb 2019

Photo / Politics / Austria: exhibition view at mumok Vienna 2018. Photo: Lisa Rastl © mumok
Filmstill aus 1. April 2000, 1952 © Filmarchiv Austria. Regie: Wolfgang Liebeneiner; Mitwirkende u. a.: Josef Meinrad, Curd Jürgens, Hans Moser, Helmut Qualtinger © Filmarchiv Austria
12 July 2018 – 3 February 2019

The exhibition Photo/Politics/Austria embarks on a photographic journey through the past one hundred years of Austrian history, using single images and image series that put unique events, historical upheaval, and sociopolitical shifts in a nutshell. Simultaneously, it traces the evolution of photography and the diversity of its formats in which it has been used in the course of these one hundred years.

A series of postcards of the Palace of Justice fire (1927), Ernst Haas’s photo series Returning Soldiers from 1947, or Heimrad Bäcker’s pictorial Mauthausen documentary from the 1970s, Friedl Dicker’s montages about the social situation in the early 1930s, or Seiichi Furuya’s examination of the border in Staatsgrenze 1981–1983 serve just as much as building blocks of a visual panorama of Austrian contemporary history as do set photos from the film Sissi – Die junge Kaiserin (1956), Barbara Pflaum’s retouched master copies of her famous Wochenpresse title page of Franz Olah, or Ingeborg Strobl’s photo series about the Austrian EU-membership referendum in 1994.

Photo/Politics/Austria was developed in cooperation with Photoinstitut Bonartes and shows works from mumok’s photography collection, complemented by loans from numerous other institutions that reflect the photographic medium’s vast range of applications.

Curated by Monika Faber and Susanne Neuburger

Tags: Friedl Dicker, Seiichi Furuya, Ernst Haas, Kiki Kogelnik, Hans Krankl, Markus Schinwald