Viennese Season: Feminism: VALIE EXPORT & Friedl Kubelka

10 April - 23 May 2014

PV Wednesday 9th April h 6-8pm

 

Richard Saltoun Gallery announce the second of their two-part series of Viennese art: Feminism.

 

Following on from Part I: Actionism, Richard Saltoun will present the work of VALIE EXPORT and Friedl Kubelka. Both artists posited their art at the centre of artistic debates of subjects of gender, the body, and politics. The photographic images and films that result from their practices are presented through the lens of a personal reflective awareness of the body.

 

Seminal works to be exhibited include Smart / Export II, VALIE EXPORT's iconic self-portrait of 1967/70 in which she holds a package of rebranded cigarettes. Born Waltraud Lehner, she created her artists' name based on Smart Export, this brand of cigarettes she was smoking at the time.

 

Kubelka will present her celebrated Jahreportraits (Year Portraits): a project begun in 1972, in which she photographed herself daily over the period of a year and has repeated the process every five years since. Key examples of this series will be exhibited alongside her Pin-ups, 1971-1974. These intimate staged self-portraits, taken by Kubelka in Paris and Vienna, directly confront the viewer in their adoption of the 'erotic'.

 

EXPORT and Kubelka were both included in WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (MoCA, LA, 2007) and elles@centrepompidou (Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 2009). This is the first time they will be exhibited alongside one another in the UK.

 

VALIE EXPORT (b. 1940, Linz, Austria)

EXPORT's iconic work Touch Cinema (1968), in which she constructed a Styrofoam box and placed it over her chest, inviting passersby to reach in and touch her breasts, still resonates for its shock-value and use of experimental mediums. A recipient of the Grand Gold Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria (2010), her work was included in the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Solo exhibitions include Centre George Pompidou, Paris, (2008) and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2011).

 

Friedl Kubelka (vom Gröller) (b. 1946, London, UK)

Born in London to parents seeking political refuge, Kubelka spent her childhood in East Berlin before her parents settled in Vienna. She studied industrial photography at the Graphic Instruction and Research Institute, Vienna, from 1965 to 1969. She later founded her own 'School of Artistic Photography' in the city (1990), and the School for Independent Film (2010). She was awarded the State Prize for Photography in 2005, Austria's most prestigious photography award, and has had solo exhibitions at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1980), Fotogalerie, Vienna (2004), and the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2005).

 


 

Feminism film evening: Friedl Kubelka

Thursday 10 April 2014

at Richard Saltoun Gallery

h 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

 

Richard Saltoun is pleased to present the films of artist and filmmaker Friedl vom Gröller, alongside her current exhibition at the gallery.

 

This will be the first screening of vom Gröller's films in London outside of a singular event in 2012 at the South London Gallery. It will be a rare opportunity to view a selection of vom Gröller's  early films in their original format (16mm) together with more recent ones (12 short films in total, from 1968 to 2014). Vom Gröller went on a hiatus from filmmaking after her marriage to Peter Kubelka, fervently returning to it after their divorce. The film evening is curated and introduced by the artist.

 

RSVP to giulia@richardsaltoun.com

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