Painting: Process and Expansion From the 1950s till Now at MUMOK


VIENNA.- The exhibition deepens and sharpens the definition of two central aspects present in the postwar development of abstract painting: painting as a processual, self-reflecting medium as well as the expansion of painting into the domain where it references objects and space and which accompanied the dissolution of the picture. Almost two hundred works testify to painting in the throes of a crisis in respect of traditional notions of the art form, the conception of picture-making, and the attempt to overcome them. Starting out from positions that were already historical at the time, an arc is drawn into the present and the impressive–in terms of both quantity and quality–Austrian contribution to these developments is presented. The tendency–central to modernity–of practitioners to reflect on the medium was already the focus