The Death of the Audience, Exhibition view, Secession, 2009, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

The Death of the Audience

Rasheed Araeen, Bernard Bazile, Robert Breer, Carlo Quartucci e Carla Tato, Eduardo Costa, Josef Dabernig, DANS.KIAS/Saskia Hölbling/Odile Duboc, Anna Halprin, Lawrence Halprin, Sanja Iveković, Anna Molska/Grzegorz Kowalski, Jiří Kovanda, Nicola L., David Lamelas, David Medalla, Hans Walter Müller, Gianni Pettena, Walter Pfeiffer, Emilio Prini, Goran Trbuljak, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, Franz Erhard Walther, Franziska & Lois Weinberger and works by Bernard Aubertin, Cornelius Cardew, André du Colombier, Michel Journiac, Yves Klein, Pierre Klossowski, Július Koller, Edward Krasiński, John Latham, Piero Manzoni, Franz-Xaver Wagenschön

Curated by Pierre Bal-Blanc

July 3 – August 30, 2009

The exhibition The Death of Audience will take place in Vienna in one of the mythical sites that helped launch modernism, a site that is considered the first white cube. In this building, at the eve of the twentieth century, western art history marked a rupture with the past. This artist inspired and defiant act engendered the conditions for a renewal of art in society by breaking down the boundaries separating the different institutional disciplines. As an artistic revolution it intervened in the developing industrial revolution, redistributing the values associated with the notion of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” (the total work of art) and gave its name to this site: the Secession.