Clegg & Guttmann, Mach vs. Boltzmann, Exhibition view, Secession 2006, Photo: Matthias Herrmann

Clegg & Guttmann

Mach vs. Boltzmann

March 3 – April 23, 2006

Individual experience and statistical calculation—these are the poles between which a debate took place at the end of the 19th century whose influence extended beyond its philosophical content to the political thought of its time and to the triumph of Modernist art. When Clegg & Guttmann reconstruct this discussion at the Secession using the positions of Ernst Mach and Ludwig Boltzmann, there is a direct link with the institution’s history—not in the sense of a retrospective representation, but as an invitation to expose oneself in the flesh to aspects of the debates conducted by the Vienna Circle: eight stations propose exercises dealing with problems whose scientific, historical and intellectual background is explored in an artist’s book.


Michael Clegg, born in 1957, and Martin Guttmann, born in 1957, live and work in New York City, Berlin, and Vienna.