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BEST OF AUSTRIA. An Art Collection

Information Sheet for the Press Conference, 30 Dezember 2008, 10 am
Exhibition Durance: 2 January - 10 May 2009

A capital of culture city - even if it is only for one year - needs an art collection that corresponds to this status and the concomitant responsibility to represent the country.
Thirty Austrian museums, foundations and corporate collections from Vienna to Lake Constance each make three works available. Through all the different styles and several
centuries, the exhibits focus the gaze on the diverse holdings of art in this country. Selecting the works was purposely delegated to the participants. They were requested to make their own decisions so that they could best convey the profile of their institution and holdings as suitably as possible. The result of this is that almost one hundred top works of fine art are assembled in the Capital of Culture city Linz. Over the course of four months the presentation in Lentos shows what an ideal art collection could look like as a temporary, playful experimental arrangement. BEST OF AUSTRIA tells a story of the pleasure of looking and stimulates a debate about measures and criteria. The selection is as diverse as the participating institutions themselves. Art from eight centuries - every piece a masterpiece.

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