Exhibition 2017: OPEN THE LINK.
opened daily from 19 March to 5 November, 10 am to 5 pm!
20 YEARS OF COLLECTING CONTEMPORARY ART
The annual exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art will, in 2017, provide vivid insights into the Abbey’s past 20 years of collecting present-day artworks, an activity that commenced in 1997. The range on display will cover examples of items that were first acquired to those that have only just been purchased. Photographic images and multimedia displays will show how the collection has grown mainly out of direct contacts with the various artists.
The collection as a whole now consists of more than 1500 works, the majority of which have been created by some 180 artists born or resident in Austria after the 1950s. The focus is primarily on Austrian contemporary art and its interaction with international art movements, while the purpose of our collecting activities is to provide targeted support to artistic creation. As part of our “MADE FOR ADMONT” programme, we continually invite artists to come and work at the Abbey. A feature that is unique in the world is our special collection “BEYOND SEEING – art that brings together the blind and the sighted”. This is also a lending collection that is available for loan to other museum institutes.
Curator: Michael Braunsteiner
20 years collection of contemporary art – OPEN THE LINK with the following artists:
Siegfried Anzinger • Erwin Bohatsch • Herbert Brandl • Adi Brunner • Götz Bury • Gunter Damisch • Lore Demel-Lerchster • Johannes Deutsch • Manfred Erjautz • Bruno Gironcoli • Franz Grabmayr • Franz Graf • Michael Gumhold • Claudia Hirtl • Lisa Huber • Judith Huemer • Christian Hutzinger • Alfred Klinkan • Ronald Kodritsch • Rudi Molacek • Tobias Pils • Konrad Rainer • Werner Reiterer • Lois Renner • Gerhard Rühm • Hubert Scheibl • Eva Schlegel • Hubert Schmalix • Christoph Schmidberger • Martin Schnur • Hannes Schwarz • Emil Siemeister • Norbert Trummer • Walter Vopava • Markus Wilfling • Erwin Wurm • Otto Zitko •
Museum of Contemporary Art ‒ The Contemporary Art Collection
The Benedictine community at Admont Abbey has, over the whole of the more than 900 years of its existence, always had a major interest in the art and culture of its period and has been involved in sponsoring these within its capabilities.
Admont Abbey is now inhabited by present-day monks and provides employment for present-day people. Many are involved in the maintenance of the heritage and historical legacy of the Abbey (restoration work and conservation of the various materials, such as paintings, the Abbey structure and its library) in order to safeguard these for future generations. And they are also systemically continuing in the tradition of the Abbey by addressing the work of creative individuals of our time. It is by means of this approach that today the old is being protected and new things for the future are being created at a location with a long history. Tradition and innovation go hand-in-hand at Admont. Diversity is our daily experience and objective here!
The Contemporary Art Collection since 1997
Admont Abbey has been continuously collecting works of contemporary art since 1997. This collection now consists of almost 1500 works by some 160 artists, most of whom were born in the period from the mid-20th century in Austria or are currently based here. The collection falls into two parts; works acquired from artists’ studios and galleries and works specially commissioned for the in-house MADE FOR ADMONT series. In recent years, a number of artists have created major works at the request of the Abbey.
An internationally significant feature is the special ‘collection within the collection’ called ‘BEYOND SEEING ‒ art that brings together the blind and the sighted’. Specifically created for the collection at Admont since 2002, these works are not designed to be primarily appreciated through visual effects. Made to a very high standard, they can be enjoyed by visually impaired, sighted and blind visitors and promote dialogue between them.
The collection also contains larger groups of work by specific artists, such as the selection of his works donated to Admont Abbey in 2002 by the artist Hannes Schwarz. Another important group is formed of works by representatives of the so-called ‘Neue Malerei’ (New Painting) movement, who have since developed in other directions.
Thanks to on-going acquirements, permanent loans and donations, the collection is always in an exciting process of dynamic evolution.
In addition to works by established artists who have made a name for themselves not only in Austria but also internationally, Admont also purchases works by young and less-well known artists whose creativity is apparent. Whenever possible, Admont Abbey endeavours to help young and as yet not established artists to find their potential.
The final room of the Museum of Fine Arts has been made available since 2003 to contemporary artists to enable them to stage ‘artistic interventions’. In the 2017 season, the room is being used for an artistic intervention by Carola Willbrand.
At Admont Abbey, equal emphasis in terms of presentation and acquirement is placed on quality ‘outsider art’ ‒ specifically that made by creative disabled persons. Special exhibitions staged as part of the ADMONT GUESTS programme create a dialogue between the Admont collection and other collections.
The monks and employees of the Abbey are permitted to take works that are in storage out on loan and many take full advantage of this opportunity. Over the past few years, contemporary art has become part of our day-to-day experience and is a living, ubiquitous presence at Admont.
The Museum of Contemporary Art together with the special exhibition rooms on the ground floor and the Abbey estate provide a platform for the presentation of various aspects of modern art in different combinations and in new relationships.
The whole museum is barrier-free!
Click here for an overview of exhibitions since 2002.
Further information to exhibitions 2017.