The 2019 program of exhibitions opens with an extensive solo exhibition by the video artist Gerard Byrne (b. Dublin, 1969), who will present a new video installation in the Secession’s main gallery. The Swedish artist Klara Lidén (b. Stockholm, 1979), who is known for her performative interventions, will show recent works. In her most recent video piece, Heidrun Holzfeind (b. Lienz, Austria, 1972) turns the spotlight on experimental musicians and modernist architecture in Japan.
In the spring, the painter Peter Doig (b. Edinburgh, 1959) will exhibit a new series of figurative paintings. The Brazilian artist Fernanda Gomes (b. Rio de Janeiro, 1960) will show site-specific installations, many of them integrating found objects. The American Martine Syms (b. Los Angeles, 1988) uses video, performance, text, and installation art to address representations of blackness in her research-based practice.
Nora Schultz (b. Frankfurt am Main, 1975) designs a large-scale installation for the summer exhibition in the main gallery. Rosalind Nashashibi (b. Croydon, UK, 1973) shows a film project produced in collaboration with the Secession, the Witte de With (Rotterdam), the Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw), and the Edinburgh Art Festival. The New Zealand artist Fiona Connor’s (b. Auckland, 1981) sculptural installations incorporate elements of everyday life.
Tillman Kaiser (b. Graz, Austria, 1972) will create new works with the camera obscura and a site-specific wall installation. Alexandra Bircken (b. Cologne, 1967), a fashion designer by training, explores the boundary between inside and outside, with skins and coverings as forms of protection and concealment. The artist and filmmaker Korakrit Arunanondchai (b. Bangkok, 1986) has been working on a large body of work focusing on the idea of a “living archive.”
The year’s programming concludes with a presentation by Tala Madani (b. Tehran, 1981), whose paintings and animated films address social and political themes such as power structures, group dynamics, and the crisis of masculinity. Ron Nagle (b. San Francisco, 1939) is known for small objects with very elaborate surfaces that evoke reminiscences of pop art. The Austrian Lisa Holzer (b. Vienna, 1971) creates photographs with a distinctive painterly quality in which desire and food are recurrent subjects.