Wiener Konzerthaus

Fruits of Labour

A yellow image showing honeycombs in the foreground and a Chinese worker pollinating on a tree in the background
Honigbilder (Serie) Maximilian Prüfer Photoprint on Baryta 2022 © Maximilian Prüfer
A yellow image showing honeycombs in the foreground and a Chinese worker pollinating on a tree in the background

The exhibition is dedicated to the conceptual artist Maximilian Prüfer. While raising questions about the role of nature in and as art, his artwork focuses on ecological, political, and sociocultural issues. The exhibition addresses two campaigns initiated by Mao Zedong (1893–1976) – the Four Pests Campaign of 1958 and Mao’s Gifts of 1968 – and discusses their effects in China. At the same time, it examines which questions the campaigns gave rise to in Austria, Europe, and around the world.

The Four Pests Campaign was part of the Great Leap Forward and primarily targeted sparrows, as they were considered crop pests. The consequences of eradicating the sparrow population are still felt today. The campaign caused immense – albeit mostly unexpected – environmental damage and resulted in the death of an estimated 40 million people, mostly due to famine. When Mao presented the 40 mangoes he had received from the foreign minister of Pakistan as a gift to the workers that had pacified Qinghua University in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, his act of generosity had a huge impact on the leader’s extremely powerful cult of personality.

The questions raised by these events are by no means limited to China and its recent history. They are just as significant for Austria and Europe. Today the predictable but unintended effects of pesticides and environmental damage lead to a decline in biodiversity around the globe. Especially pollinating insects, such as domestic and wild bees, are endangered.

Venue

Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna)

Hofburg, Heldenplatz
1010 Wien

Current Dates

  • Sat. 15 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 16 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 18 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Wed. 19 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 20 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 21 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 22 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 23 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 25 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Wed. 26 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

June

  • Sat. 15 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 16 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 18 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Wed. 19 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 20 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 21 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 22 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 23 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 25 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Wed. 26 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 27 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 28 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 29 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 30 Jun 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

July

  • Tue. 02 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Wed. 03 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 04 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 05 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 06 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 07 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 09 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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