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Cosmic Art from 1900 up to the Present

29 September 2017 until 14 January 2018

The endless expanse of the night sky before our eyes, the shining stars almost close enough to touch! It’s gone now, the dark night. It has been conquered by electric light. Buildings, squares and streets are brightly illuminated at night. The lights of the big cities have blocked out the starry sky that can now hardly be seen. Light smog has meanwhile robbed a third of the world population of the view of the Milky Way, shooting stars and glowing comets.

The complex and cross-media exhibition provides insights into the relationship between human beings and the stars, which is the subject of research, romance, fortune-telling, but also of threat scenarios. Dreamily, humorously, poetically, and also ironically, the artists of the 20th and 21st century have probed humanity’s relationship to the endlessness of the starry sky, engaging with the twinkling of the stars and the current loss of that light.

Curators: Sabine Fellner, Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller
Exhibition Design: Silvia Merlo


Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq | Robert A. Barrows | Herbert Bayer | Albert Birkle | Hans Bischoffshausen | Julia Bornefeld | Klemens Brosch | Carmen Brucic | Angela Bulloch | Alexander Calder | Vija Celmins | Thierry Cohen | Adriana Czernin  | Jason Dodge | Max Ernst | Thomas Feuerstein | Hans Franta | Philippe Gerlach | Rudolf Goessl | Katharina Gruzei | Roy Wallace Hankey | Peter Hauenschild | Karl Hauk | Artur Hecke | Theodor von Hörmann | Markus Anton Huber | Barbara Anna Husar | Sabine Jelinek | Birgit Jürgenssen | Johanna Kandl | Alex Katz | Anton Kehrer | Herwig Kempinger | Hubert Kiecol | Anselm Kiefer | Imi Knoebel | Gerhard Knogler | Moussa Kone | Alicja Kwade | Katharina Lackner | Arkadij Wassiljewitsch Lobanoff | Robert Longo | Frans Masereel | Michaela Math | Ralo Mayer | Ferdinand Melichar | Erich Meyer | Hans Op de Beeck | Meret Oppenheim | Emil Orlik | Trevor Paglen | Micha Payer/Martin Gabriel | Herbert Ploberger | Hans Pollack | Teresa Präauer | Uta Prantl-Peyrer | Wendelin Pressl | Florian Raditsch | Arnulf Rainer | Gerhard Richter | Ugo Rondinone | Thomas Ruff | Gerhard Rühm | Aura Satz | Robert Schaberl | Peter Schamoni | Roman Scheidl | Eva Schlegel/Barbara Imhof/Damjan Minovski | Arnold Schönberg | Th. Schwan | Franz Sedlacek | Katharina Sieverding | Fritz Simak | Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch | Kiki Smith | Curt Stenvert | Jens Sundheim | Mathias Swoboda | Volker Tannert | Grazia Toderi | Iv Toshain | Johannes Vogl | Manfred Wakolbinger | Alfons Walde | Birgitta Weimer | Nives Widauer | Bernd Zimmer


The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Stars. Cosmic Art from 1900 until Today. Edited in Verlag für moderne Kunst. With a foreword from Hemma Schmutz and texts by Sabine Fellner, Thomas Macho, Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, Ute Streitt and Margit Zuckriegl in German language, price: € 29

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Supported by


Thursday 28 september 2017, 7 pm
free admission 

Guided Tours

every Sunday and Tuesday, 4 pm

duration 1 hour, costs € 3, exclusive admission, german only
every 1st Saturday in a month at 4 pm

in english, duration 30 Min, € 2, no admission fee
Thursday 5 October, 7 pm

with Sabine Fellner and Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, german only

every 1st Saturday in a month at 4 pm

Friday 29 September (espacially for deaf seniors)
with sign language interpreter
admission and guided tour free for deafs

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Foto: maschekS.