Austrian photographies from the 1930s until today


21er Haus, Vienna

January 30 — May 5, 2013


C. Angelmaier, Herbert Bayer, Gottfried Bechtold, Norbert Becwar, Arthur Benda, Martin Bruch, Rosa Brueckl / Gregor Schmoll, Clegg & Guttmann, Herbert de Colle, Plamen Dejanov & Svetlana Heger, Inge Dick, Gerald Domenig, Andreas Duscha, Thomas Freiler, Padhi Frieberger, Bernhard Fuchs, Seiichi Furuya, Walter Gamerith, Robert Gruber, Eva Grubinger, Manfred Grübl, Harald Gsaller, Ernst Haas, Maria Hahnenkamp, Robert F. Hammerstiel, Matthias Herrmann, Richard Hoeck, Kathi Hofer, Christine Hohenbüchler, Edgar Honetschläger, Dieter Huber, Franz Hubmann, Gerhard Jurkovic, Werner Kaligofsky, Eleni Kampuridis, Leo Kandl, Barbara Kapusta, Herwig Kempinger, Erich Kofler Fuchsberg, Peter Kogler, Paul Kranzler, Richard Kratochwill, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Erich Kuss, Heimo Lattner, Paul Albert Leitner, Branko Lenart, Ernst Logar, Dorit Margreiter, Michael Mauracher, Ursula Mayer, Michael Neumüller, Martin Osterider, Michael Part, Helga Pasch, Hermes Payrhuber, Pascal Petignat & Martin Scholz-Jakszus, Friederike Pezold, Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Barbara Pflaum, Cora Pongracz, Ferry Radax, Anja Ronacher, Constanze Ruhm, Didi Sattmann, Christoph Scharff, Klaus Scherübel, Alfons Schilling, Michael Schuster, Günther und Loredana Selichar, Lucie Stahl, Hermann Staudinger, Alexander Stern, Ingeborg Strobl, Octavian Trauttmansdorff, Herwig Turk, Nadim Vardag, Christian Wachter, Peter Weibel, Manfred Willmann, Erwin Wurm, Michael Ziegler, Heimo Zobernig; curated by Severin Dünser and Axel Köhne


Photography is everywhere. Long since recognized as an artistic medium, it has also become a popular vehicle of communication. This exhibition shows us photography just as we encounter it in everyday life: as an unordered flood of images.

Three leitmotifs underlie the selection of works: the people and the things that surround us, and the lens between them (in other words, photography itself). The photographs selected pose questions regarding the status of the image, the aura of the photo, the objectivity of the camera and its construction of reality, as well as the specifically Austrian in photography – questions that must be answered face to face with the images.

Photos is a reduction to the essential. The subjects themselves stand front and center, and they must account for themselves – especially whether they have something to tell us here and now, regardless of whether they were created in the 1930s or last week. The show is about pictures and the potentials of a force that reigns beyond what can be expressed in words.

This exhibition has been culled from those collections that best reflect the work of Austrian photographers: the Artothek des Bundes, the federal photographic collection of the Austrian Gallery of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art Salzburg, and of course that of the Belvedere itself.


The exhibition catalog can be ordered here.