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The Life of Things
Looted – Displaced – Salvaged | Venue: former Marktrichterhaus [Market Reeve’s House], Lauffen near Bad Ischl

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  • Oliver Laric, Sleeping Figure, 2023
  • CATPC, Collection of 306 Balot NFTs, 2022
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    Said Baalbaki, The Arm, One Hand Can’t Clap, 2011
  • Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Destroy Your Home, Build Up A Boat, Save Life, 2015
  • Anja Ronacher, Statue, Plaster, 7700 - 7500 BC, ‘Ayn Ghazal, Amman, Jordan Museum, Gelatine Silver Print, 2019 / 2021

The exhibition uses contemporary perspectives to shed light on the fate of artworks and artefacts amidst looting, removal and restitution. The spectrum of works ranges from an exploration of colonial looting and in some cases dubious collecting activities, state-organised art theft and expropriation in the Third Reich, to cultural genocide through the removal and destruction of cultural treasures.

Systematic art theft is a phenomenon familiar since ancient times. It is not only a strategy for transferring objects of value, but also a means of legitimising cultural dominance. Often, it is only the more spectacular cases, such as those involving a high monetary value, that attract public attention. The focus of this exhibition deliberately concentrates on the immaterial value of objects, the memories, history and stories that have been inscribed in them: the dignity of the object and the societies that have lost these objects that shape their identity.

The artists featured in the exhibition provide inspiration for new strategies on how museums and collections can deal with this burdened heritage in order that they might ful l their responsibility between restitution and the preservation of our cultural heritage.


With the artists:

Said Baalbaki, Maeve Brennan, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, CATPC / Renzo Martens, Ines Doujak, Assaf Hinden, Moussa Kone, Oliver Laric, Nii Kwate Owoo, Markus Proschek, Michael Rakowitz, Anja Ronacher, Dierk Schmidt, Philip Topolovac

Curators: Markus Proschek and Hemma Schmutz
Exhibition Design: Klemen Breitfuss and Julian Brües

Cooperation

An exhibition of the Lentos Art Museum Linz on the occasion of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024
With the support of the Cultural Heritage Project by Peter Löw

Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication published by Verlag der Provinz with texts in German and English by Christian Höller, Sarah Jonas, Markus Proschek and Hemma Schmutz as well as a commentary by Elisabeth Schweeger.
120 pages, € 15

Opening hours

Wed-Sun, 12am-5pm

Mon, Tue, closed

The exhibition is not barrier-free. On the following days the exhibition is open until 6pm: 27 Apr, 26 May, 29 Jun, 27 Jul, 31 Aug

Addres­s

Altes Markt­rich­ter­haus

Lauffner Markt­stra­ße 21

4821 Lauf­fen bei Bad Ischl

Program


Guided tours
Sat 27.4., 29.6., 27.7., 31.8.
each 17.00−18.00
Following the guided tours, we invite you to a reflexive discussion in the new coffee house Kai­se­rin Eli­sa­beth” in the old Marktrichterhaus.
Max. number of participants 25 persons, no registration required, free admission and free guided tour

Guided tour by the curator
Sat 26.5. 17.00−18.00
Lentos director Hemma Schmutz and curator Markus Proschek guide you through the exhibition. exhibition.
Free admission and guided tour free of charge
No registration required

Bookable group tours
Duration 1 hour, max. 25 participants
Cost: € 180; For further booking information please contact kunstvermittlung@​lentos.​at

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication published by Verlag der Provinz with texts by Christian Höller, Sarah Jonas, Markus Proschek and Hemma Schmutz as well as a commentary by Elisabeth Schweeger.
120 pages, German, English

€15Visit shop

Lentos & European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 – Linz, Lauf­fen, Bad Aussee

The Lentos Art Museum Linz is also participating in the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 with two further exhibitions under the overarching title The Journey of the Paintings:


The Journey of the Paintings

Hitler’s cultural politics, art trade and storage during the NS era in the Salzkammergut

20.3. to 8.9.24
Venue: Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
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Wolfgang Gurlitt. Art dealer and profiteer in Bad Aussee
28.3. to 3.11.24
Venue: Kammerhofmuseum, Bad Aussee
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The all-inclusive ticket gives you access to four exhibition venues: the three exhibitions on The Journey of Images, which are designed for the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024, and the original venue, the Salt Worlds in Altaussee. 

Available at Lentos, the Altaussee Salt Mine, the Kammerhofmuseum and online.

€35Visit shop

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