The Secession differs fundamentally from other galleries of modern art in the
way in which its program and individual exhibitions are determined. The artists
elected to the board decide the program of the Secession and which artists will
be invited to mount exhibitions.
This distinctive feature of the Secession was the starting point for an exhibition
project initiated by board member Martin Walde who invited the artists Steven
Brower, Urs Frei, Kendell
and Annika Ström
contributions. Unlike the Secession's normal exhibition procedure of presenting
different artistic positions simultaneously in separate spaces, this project does
not foresee any specific exhibition space for individual artists. On the contrary,
it is up to each to decide in what constellation they wish to present their work
either in the Secession itself or, as the case may be, in its immediate vicinity.
Thus, the project abolishes the conventional rules of the exhibition business
for a time by having neither a curator nor a theme and striving to initiate a
critical dialog on prevalent curatorial and institutional practice within the
framework of existing structures and the space available.
All four catalogues will be accompanied by a catalogue with texts by Matthias
Herrmann, Christine Macel (Kendal Geers), Patricia Grzonka (Urs Frei), Steven
Brower, Dave Beech and Ina Blom (Annika Ström), together with comprehensive pictorial
material. The publications will appear both in English and German.
For further information and photographic material please contact:
Secession, Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession
Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Vienna
Tel: +43-1-5875307-21, Fax: +43-1-5875307-34