Making Spaces

From the Collections

© Generali Foundation Collection-Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Photo: Rosemary Mayer


22.10.2016 – 17.04.2017

Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg [2]



In the exhibition Making Spaces we turn our attention to artistic production, acquisition, and criticism of architectural, institutional, and social spaces through works in the Museum’s collections, particularly the Generali Foundation holdings, supplemented by loans. An exclusive space has been reserved for nine artists and thirty-five works. Visitors are invited to experience the works presented in the differently designed artists’ spaces.


The confrontation with space has a long artistic tradition. While the initial focus was on realistic representation, leading amongst other things to the invention of perspective in the fifteenth century, works appeared in the twentieth century that interacted directly with space. Artwork now also investigated the museum itself and the conventions for observing art. The 1960s and 1970s in particular saw works of art that were directly critical of the museum as an institutional and physical space in which art was collected, presented, stored, and communicated. Artists looked at the problem of selection, evaluation, and historicization of art. The aim of making art accessible to people of all social classes, regardless of origins, gender, or religious affiliation, reflects the way in which the perception or production of space is linked to social and political processes.


This exhibition uses new acquisitions and spatial installations from the Museum’s collections to demonstrate the diversity in the artistic understanding of space. Apart from works dealing with sensory perception and the physical experience of space, it will include pieces devoted to institutional, fictional, or virtual spaces. The artists show how the spaces surrounding us are created, structured, and controlled, revealing perspectives that engage with existing spaces or even offering alternative spaces and the possibility of active participation.


Artists: Lothar Baumgarten, Maria Eichhorn, Harun Farocki, Adrian Piper,

Carolee Schneemann, Goran Trbuljak, David Tudor & Composers Inside Electronics,

Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Heimo Zobernig


Curators: Sabine Breitwieser, Director; Antonia Lotz, Collection Generali Foundation Curator