Still Life. Obstinacy of Things

This major theme-based exhibition showcases a genre that is currently being re-examined and re-appraised, namely the still-life. The re-appraisal is not so much about a nostalgic reference to a genre that was thought to have disappeared. On the contrary: artists working in the field of photography are currently radically scrutinising the still life as a means of expression. It is about disrupting prevailing image conventions and extracting a clearly delineated artistic alternative out of ostensibly antiquated styles and practices – with regard to both the space of the objects, the space of the images, and the space of photography itself.

In their works the artists featured at the exhibition often follow in the specific image traditions to be found in the history of painting on the one hand and the history of contemporary photography on the other. In Stillleben (1997) Harun Farocki for instance examines the functions of the historical still life and the parallels with current advertising and product photography; in Still Life (2009) Tacita Dean references the principles of composition of an objective-pictorial style and its foundation in painting.



Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser

Untere Weißgerberstraße 13
1030 Wien

Current Dates

  • Sat. 16 Feb 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Feb 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.