VERBUND sees its efforts on behalf of contemporary art as part of its corporate culture. The objective of the VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna is to discover individual artistic positions that have been hidden until now and make them visible, thereby leaving a trace in our cultural memory.

Upcoming exhibitions 2020

curated by Gabriele Schor 

For the first time, the VERBUND COLLECTION presents exclusively Austrian female pioneers of the 1970s in the exhibition FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE – MADE IN AUSTRIA. Starting on 19 February 2020, around 70 works by a total of 14 female artists can be seen in the Vertical Gallery at the VERBUND headquarters. It has been possible to see numerous new acquisitions since the highly acclaimed exhibition of the VERBUND COLLECTION at the mumok in 2017.

Against the background of the 1968 student movement, the efforts to overturn the traditional values of the war generation, as well as the ‘sexual revolution’, a second wave of the women’s movement arose in western countries. The demand to discuss so-called “private” affairs in public – such as family law, marriage, unpaid procreation work, pregnancy, abortion, divorce, violence against women – culminated in the cry: “The personal is political”. Women realised that they would achieve more by working together and began to organise themselves. Female artists founded groups, curated exhibitions with the works of female artists, wrote manifestos and pamphlets. Curator Gabriele Schor summarises: “The exhibition highlights how the Austrian female artists covered a bandwidth from actionist-provocative to poetic-performative. The latter was apparently too ‘quiet’ at the time to be perceived. Today, we can appreciate the quality of poetic-performative feminism.”

Renate Bertlmann (*1943, Vienna), Linda Christanell (*1939, Vienna), Veronika Dreier (*1954 Voitsberg), VALIE EXPORT (*1940, Linz), Gerda Fassel (*1941, Vienna), Birgit Jürgenssen (1949, Vienna–2003, Vienna), Auguste Kronheim (*1937, Amsterdam), Brigitte Lang (*1953, Feldbach/Styria), Karin Mack (*1940, Vienna), Florentina Pakosta (*1933, Vienna), Friederike Pezold (*1945, Vienna), Margot Pilz (*1936, Haarlem/Netherlands), Ingeborg G. Pluhar (*1944, Vienna), Lotte Profohs (1934, Vienna–2012, Vienna)

Exhibition venue: 
Vertical Gallery of the VERBUND COLLECTION
Am Hof 6a
1010 Vienna

Duration of the exhibition: 
19 February - 27 May 2020

Free guided tours every Wednesday at 6:30 pm by prior arrangement on tel. 05031350044 or at


EXHIBITION TOUR The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

International Center of Photography, New York City
June 4th - September 6th, 2020


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Current publication by the SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection

Louise Lawler's exhibition catalogue


Works by Louise Lawler acquired by the SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Vienna & Others
Gabriele Schor, Ed.

Published by the Walther König Bookshop

Yellow fog

Photo of the installation "Yellow Fog" at the VERBUND Headquarters

Yellow Fog is a permanent installation by the artist Olafur Eliasson along the façade of the VERBUND headquarters. The work was installed in 2008 in collaboration with the artist, and since then can be viewed daily for one hour at dusk.