20 Years of the VERBUND COLLECTION

The ALBERTINA presents the anniversary exhibition of the VERBUND COLLECTION on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.

The company collection was established in 2004 by VERBUND, Austria’s leading power company, and comprises around 1,000 works by 200 artists. The 15 issued publications of the collection had a big impact on promoting the careers of a number of female artists. This exhibition shows numerous new acquisitions, which are on display for the first time in Austria.

Title image: Aneta Grzeszykowska: Untitled Film Stills, 2006
© 2023 Aneta Grzeszykowska / Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery, Warsaw / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna
Acquired 2008

Albertina
Albertinaplatz 1
1010 Vienna

The exhibition can be seen at the Albertina from 29 February to 5 May 2024.

Opening times: 
Daily | 10 am to 6 pm
Wednesday & Friday | 10 am to 9 pm

Guided tours of the exhibition can be booked through the Albertina.

The ALBERTINA also offers private tours, which can be requested by phone on +43 1 534 83 540 or by sending an email to besucher@albertina.at.

Curator: Gabriele Schor, founding director of the VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna.
On show are works by:

Renate Bertlmann, Barbara Bloom, Marcella Campagnano, Veronika Dreier, Renate Eisenegger, VALIE EXPORT, Gerda Fassel, Simon Fujiwara, Simryn Gill, Nan Goldin, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Suzy Lake, Anne Marie Jehle, Birgit Jürgenssen, Kirsten Justessen, Lebohang Kganye, Sin Wai Kin, Joachim Koester, Auguste Kronheim, Brigitte Lang, Louise Lawler, Angelika Loderer, Karin Mack, Gordon Matta-Clark, Anita Münz, Zanele Muholi, Ernesto Neto, ORLAN, Gabriel Orozco, Frida Orupabo, Florentina Pakosta, Margot Pilz, Ingeborg G Pluhar, Elodie Pong, Tomoko Sawada, Senga Nengudi, Elaine Shemilt, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Penny Slinger, Annegret Soltau, Sophie Thun, Alexander Ugay, Jeff Wall, Gillian Wearing, Carrie Mae Weems, Hannah Wilke, Martha Wilson, David Wojnarowicz, Francesca Woodman. Nil Yalter.
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Insights into the exhibition 20 Years of the VERBUND COLLECTION

  • Artwork: Aneta Grzeszykowska, Untitled Film Stills, 2006

    Aneta Grzeszykowska, Untitled Film Stills, 2006 © 2024 Aneta Grzeszykowska / Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery, Warsaw / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2008

    Aneta Grzeszykowska, Untitled Film Stills, 2006 © 2024 Aneta Grzeszykowska / Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery, Warsaw / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2008

  • Artwork: Birgit Jürgenssen, without Title (Huflatichblatt), 1988

    Birgit Jürgenssen, Untitled (Coltsfoot leaf), 1988 © 2024 Estate Birgit Jürgenssen / Courtesy of Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna / Image rights, Vienna / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2009

    Birgit Jürgenssen, Untitled (Coltsfoot leaf), 1988 © 2024 Estate Birgit Jürgenssen / Courtesy of Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna / Image rights, Vienna / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2009

  • Artwork: Cindy Sherman, Untitled, Film Still #17, 1978

    Cindy Sherman, Untitled, Film Still #17, 1978 © 2024 Cindy Sherman / Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2004

    Cindy Sherman, Untitled, Film Still #17, 1978 © 2024 Cindy Sherman / Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2004

  • Artwork: Frida Orupabo, Spagaten, 2022

    Frida Orupabo, Spagaten, 2022 © 2024 Frida Orupabo / Courtesy of Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2022

    Frida Orupabo, Spagaten, 2022 © 2024 Frida Orupabo / Courtesy of Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2022

  • Artwork: Godon Matta-Clark, Splitting Exterior, 1974

    Godon Matta-Clark, Splitting Exterior, 1974 © 2024 Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2006

    Godon Matta-Clark, Splitting Exterior, 1974 © 2024 Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2006

  • Artwork: Orozco Gabriel, La isla de Simón, 2005

    Orozco Gabriel, La isla de Simón, 2005 © 2024 Gabriel Orozco / Courtesy of Galeria Kurimanzutto, Mexico City / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2005

    Orozco Gabriel, La isla de Simón, 2005 © 2024 Gabriel Orozco / Courtesy of Galeria Kurimanzutto, Mexico City / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2005

  • Artwork: Zanele Muholi, BONA II, ISGM, Boston, 2019

    Zanele Muholi, BONA II, ISGM, Boston, 2019 © 2024 Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2023

    Zanele Muholi, BONA II, ISGM, Boston, 2019 © 2024 Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2023

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Credit lines:

Aneta Grzeszykowska, Untitled Film Stills, 2006
© 2024 Aneta Grzeszykowska / Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery, Warsaw / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna
Acquired 2008

Birgit Jürgenssen, Untitled (Coltsfoot leaf), 1988
© 2024 Estate Birgit Jürgenssen / Courtesy of Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna / Image rights, Vienna / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna
Acquired 2009

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, Film Still #17, 1978
© 2024 Cindy Sherman / Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna
Acquired 2004

Frida Orupabo, Spagaten, 2022
© 2024 Frida Orupabo / Courtesy of Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna
Acquired 2022

Godon Matta-Clark, Splitting Exterior, 1974
© 2024 Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna
Acquired 2006

Orozco Gabriel, La isla de Simón, 2005
© 2024 Gabriel Orozco / Courtesy of Galeria Kurimanzutto, Mexico City / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna
Acquired 2005

Zanele Muholi, BONA II, ISGM, Boston, 2019
© 2024 Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna
Acquired 2023

Artwork: Birgit Jürgnessen, FRAU, 1972

Collection focus: Feminist avant-garde

The shows opens with those female artists whose works were monographically collected in line with the maxim “Depth not breadth”, such as Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Birgit Jürgenssen and Renate Bertlmann. Cindy Sherman is accompanied by contemporaries such as Martha Wilson and younger positions such as Aneta Grzeszykowska, who recreated Sherman’s famous Untitled Film Stills in colour. 

Birgit Jürgnessen, FRAU, 1972 | © 2024 Estate Birgit Jürgenssen / Courtesy of Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna
SAMMLUNG VERBUND | Acquired 2008

 

There follow works from the Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s. For the first time in the history of art, these pioneering women succeeded in creating a completely new “image of the woman”. The female body escaped from a centuries-old object status and appeared as the subject, as the actor.


The term “feminist avant-garde” was coined by founding director Gabriele Schor in 2007 in order to honour the pioneering work of these female artists and successfully positioned them in the canon of art history with a ten-year European exhibition tour. Through this in-depth focus, Schor managed to built up a unique selling point for the VERBUND COLLECTION.

Artwork: Francesca Woodman, Polka Dot, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976
Francesca Woodman, Polka Dot, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976 © 2024 The Woodman Family Foundation, New York / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York / VERBUND COLLECTION, Vienna Acquired 2006

Further artistic positions

Against the background of the spatialisation of art in the 1970s, another area is devoted to those works that deal with the conceptual, poetic and psychological perception of spaces and places. Gordon Matta-Clark saws a house in two, tilts one half a few degrees and thus creates his “anarchitecture” as a criticism of conventional architecture. David Wojnarowicz poetically links his life in New York with that of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. And Ernesto Neto, based on Sigmund Freud’s interpretation of dreams, creates a psychologically charged space, in which a doll sits in a rocking chair and is secretly connected with a super-ego outside the cage.

The anniversary exhibition presents new acquisitions in the context of “Gender, Identity & Diversity”, works that have never been seen in Austria before. Artists create spaces of memory, such as South African-born Kganye Lebohang, who looks at her relationship with her deceased mother through photo montages, or Alexander Ugay, who was born in Kazakhstan. Starting from the Korean diaspora, he searches for traces of his ancestors using analogue and AI photographs. With her large collages, the Norwegian-Nigerian artist Frida Orupabo creates scenes covering topics such as colonial history, slavery, racism and sexism. Zanele Muholi identifies as non-binary and advocates actively for LGBTQIA+ rights in South Africa. Muholi’s staged self-portraits criticise the Eurocentric view of the Black body. Sin Wai Kin deconstructs and reconstructs social narratives and embodies four non-binary identities of a fictitious boygroup with the video “It’s Always You”.