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Herwig Turk & Gebhard Sengmüller. Danube:Island

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Industrial zone, local recreational area and sensitive ecosystem – the Danube is a reconfigured cultural landscape marked by stark contrasts. The Austrian artists Herwig Turk and Gebhard Sengmüller have chosen this as the starting point for their artistic research: as part of their project Danube: Sediment Shifts in Interstitial Space they have created a complex of works, originally conceived for Vienna, at the interface of art and the natural sciences. These are now being augmented for the exhibition by geographical, ecological and historical aspects of the city of Linz. Using the island as an artistic figure of thought, Turk and Sengmüller combine historical realities – such as the Strasserinsel, which existed in Linz until the 19th century – with current socio-political discourses on the utilisation of the Danube region by means of an artificial island.


Videos, installations, photographs and sculptural objects allow an intensive exploration of the river and its relevance for mankind and the environment. The works shown in the exhibition create a multidimensional, dynamic landscape and interweave different thematic fields into a dense visual narrative.

An exhibition by: Herwig Turk & Gebhard Sengmüller in collaboration with Ortrun Veichtlbauer

Date Title Time
Thu 22.02Opening: Danube:Island

Industrial zone, local recreational area and sensitive ecosystem – the Danube is a reconfigured cultural landscape marked by stark contrasts. The Austrian artists Herwig Turk and Gebhard Sengmüller have chosen this as the starting point for their artistic research.

Welcome: Hemma Schmutz (Director Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz), Introduction: Herwig Turk and Gebhard Sengmüller (artists), Greetings: Hans-Peter Hasenbichler (Managing Director viadonau), Opening: Doris Lang-Mayerhofer (City Councillor for Culture of the City of Linz)

7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 23.02Museum Total: Open studio on the Danube:Island”

Adults, children and young people can develop and artistically realise their own ideas on Danube design in this open studio. You can come and go at any time. Free with the Museum Total Ticket

1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Fri 23.02Museum Total: Special family tour of Danube:Island“

Guided tour for the whole family through the exhibition Danube:Island“ at the Lentos Art Museum. Free with Museum Total Ticket.

4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Thu 07.03Panel discussion: The Danube – a built river

Experts from various disciplines talk about the chequered history of the Danube, its industrial use over the course of time and its influence on the environment and society. Herwig Turk in conversation with the artist Wiltrud Hackl, the cultural scientist Julia Grillmayr and the environmental historian Georg Stöger. Cost: museum admission only. No registration necessary.

6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Tue 19.03Baby Tour Danube:Island”

A relaxed tour of the exhibition, tailored to the needs of visitors with babies. Costs: museum admission only

10:30 am–11:30 am
Thu 04.04Curator’s tour of Danube:Island”

Lentos Director Hemma Schmutz guides you through the exhibition with the artists Gebhard Sengmüller and Herwig Turk. Cost: € 4 plus museum admission. No registration required.

6:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Live discussion on the water: Danube, islands, transformation and autonomy

Initiatives and artists who deal with the Danube in their projects talk about their work on a ship. After the recording by Dorf TV, the conversation will be available digitally.
Participants: Tanja Brandmayr (86 metres Donauufer, Deckdock); Herwig Turk & Gebhard Sengmüller (Donau:Insel); Leo Schatzl (Floating Village); Julia Grillmayr, Christina Gruber and Sophia Rut (Lobau Listening Comprehensions); Franz Xaver, Jan-Nahuel Jenny (Messschiff Eleonore, Donautics); time’s up (New New Atlantis); Christoph Wiesmayr (Schwemmland); Wiltrud Hackl (Wasserfrauen)
Dates/​details coming soon on lentos​.at and lueckenraum​.at

Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue Donau: Schichtwechsel im Lückenraum, edited by Harald Bichler, Galerie rauminhalt Wien / Reinhard Braun, Vienna 2023, 152 pages, € 22

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