Keith Tyson, Studio Wall Drawing: 29 Dec, 2001: Somewhere Near the Edge of the Visible Universe…, 2001, Courtesy of the artist, Photography by Keith Tyson Projects Ltd. © Keith Tyson.

Pipilotti Rist, Still aus: À la belle étoile (Under The Sky), 2007, Courtesy die Künstlerin und Hauser & Wirth, Zürich - London © Pipilotti Rist.

Marking the Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk (1, pink), 1987, Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Inc./VBK, Wien 2010.

Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Cosmonaut No.1, 2006, Private collection, Moscow, Courtesy of the artists © Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov.

Daniel & Geo Fuchs, TOYGIANTS – Spock, 2004, from the exhibition Wind me up, Scotty!, Courtesy of the artists and ARTITLED! Contemporary Art, Herpen, The Netherlands © Daniel & Geo Fuchs.

Mariko Mori, Genesis (Soap Bubbles), 1996, Sammlung Ringier, Schweiz © VBK, Wien 2011.


Kunsthalle Vienna
Project Space
Museumsplatz 1
Hall 1
Space. About a Dream
April 1- August 15, 2011

Space always carried a tremendous fascination for people. This enchantment has been reflected in a great variety of forms throughout art history. April 12, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space, the first of its kind and the one which kicked off the era of manned space flight. Kunsthalle Wien takes the opportunity offered by these celebrations to shine a light on the theme of space travel with a comprehensive group exhibition (involving some 51 artistic positions) that will illuminate this rich thematic field, ranging from meteorites to landing on the moon, from the fear of Martians to theories of the Big Bang, in a manner both playful and multi-facetted.

Artists in the exhibition include Pawel Althamer, Eric Andersen, Julieta Aranda, Artsat, Angela Bulloch, Björn Dahlem, Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Charles and Ray Eames, Sylvie Fleury, Agnes Fuchs, Daniel & Geo Fuchs, Loris Gréaud, Judith Hopf, Dona Jalufka, Toril Johannessen, William Kentridge, Markus Krottendorfer, Lena Lapschina, Simone Leigh, Jen Liu, Basim Magdy, Mahony, Aleksandra Mir, Jyoti Mistry, monochrom, Mariko Mori, Gianni Motti, Deimantas Narkevi?ius, Katie Paterson, Simon Patterson, Amalia Pica, Christian Pußwald, Robert Rauschenberg, Pipilotti Rist, Thomas Ruff, Tom Sachs, Wilhelm Sasnal, Charles Schmidt, Michael Snow, Andrei Sokolov, Hildegard Spielhofer, Eve Sussman & Rufus Corporation, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Keith Tyson, Christian Waldvogel, Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, Nives Widauer, Jane & Louise Wilson, Virginie Yassef, Carey Young.

Curator of the exhibition is Cathérine Hug.

The exhibition is accompanied by a documentary presentation. Concept: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Köberl, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Rathkolb

The Hall of Meteorites of the Naturhistorische Museum Vienna is linked with Kunsthalle Wien via live stream. In addition, from April 13 on, about 100 space toys from the Andreas Karl Collection will be presented under the title Wind me up, Scotty!

The exhibition takes place in the Kunsthalle Wien as well as in some rooms of the Natural History Museum of Vienna.

Thomas Ruff, jpeg ea01, 2007, Courtesy the artist © VBK, Wien 2011.

Christian Pußwald, DEPRIVAT/Satellit, 2004, Courtesy of the artist © Christian Pußwald.

Jen Liu, Spring, The Sweet Spring, Is The Year’s Pleasant King; Then Blooms Each Thing, Then Maids Dance In A Ring, Cold Doth Not Sting, The Pretty Birds Do Sing. Cuckoo, Jug-Jug, Pu-We, To-Witta-Woo!, 2005, Courtesy Upstream Gallery © Jen Liu.

Andrei Sokolov, Power Station on the Moon, 1967, Sammlung Bewegung KOCMOC Gruppe Gagarin, Wien © Estate of Andrei Sokolov.


Robert Rauschenberg, Stoned Moon Series, Horn, 1969, Courtesy of Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/United Press Inc./VBK, Wien 2011.