VERBUND COLLECTION: The art collection of VERBUND

The VERBUND COLLECTION was created in 2004 by VERBUND AG, Austria’s leading power company and one of Europe’s leading producers of electricity from hydropower. It is a first-class company collection with a contemporary, international focus.

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ASPIRATION of the VERBUND COLLECTION
We want to discover artistic positions that were previously hidden, make them visible, and leave a trace in the cultural memory and in art history. 

That is why the VERBUND COLLECTION places art from the 1970s in dialogue with present-day positions. At this time, many artists moved away from painting and created entirely new forms of expression. They began to discover their own bodies as a medium. Photography, video, film and performance became established as independent art forms. 

MAXIM
In accordance with the maxim “Depth not breadth”, entire groups of works of artists are collected in order to facilitate a deeper discussion of the creative phases. In line with this maxim, we publish monographs on the collection’s female artists: Birgit Jürgenssen, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Renate Bertlmann and Louise Lawler.

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1010 Vienna

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FOCUS ON FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE
In order to emphasise the pioneering work done by the female artists of the 1970s, Gabriele Schor coined the term “Feminist Avant-Garde”. This focal point encompasses almost 600 artworks by 81 artists. They make a theme of their bodies, question the diktat of beauty, and deal with the construct of female identities. Since 2010, the exhibition of the same name has toured to 15 cities in Europe and has been on display in venues including the Centre de Cultura Contemporánia in Barcelona, the Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe and in the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation, Vienna. 

FOCUS ON THE PERCEPTION OF SPACES AND PLACES
The focal point “Perception of spaces and places” creates links between groups of works that deal with spatial phenomena. It includes works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Joachim Koester, Louise Lawler, Gordon Matta-Clark, Fred Sandback, and Jeff Wall.

The permanent intervention Yellow Fog by Olafur Eliasson (German only) on the façade of the VERBUND building also belongs to this focal point and can be seen daily at sunset. 

Gabriele Schor

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Theresa Dann

Curatorial assistant

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The VERBUND COLLECTION comprises artworks by 121 female artists and 38 male artists. 

FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE of the 1970s

Helena Almeida, Emma Amos, Sonia Andrade, Eleanor Antin, Anneke Barger, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Renate Bertlmann, Tomaso Binga, Dara Birnbaum, Teresa Burga, Marcella Campagnano, Elizabeth Catlett, Judy Chicago, Linda Christanell, Veronika Dreier, Orshi Drozdik, Lili Dujourie, Mary Beth Edelson, Renate Eisenegger, Rose English, VALIE EXPORT, Gerda Fassel, Esther Ferrer, Marisa González, Eulàlia Grau, Barbara Hammer, Margaret Harrison, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alexis Hunter, Mako Idemitsu, 1940, Sanja Iveković, Anne Marie Jehle, Birgit Jürgenssen, Kirsten Justesen, Auguste Kronheim, Ketty La Rocca, Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, Katalin Ladik, Suzy Lake, Brigitte Lang, Natalia LL, Lea Lublin, Karin Mack, Dindga McCannon, Ana Mendieta, Anita Münz, Rita Myers, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, ORLAN, Florentina Pakosta, Gina Pane, Letícia Parente, Ewa Partum, Friederike Pezold, Margot Pilz, Howardena Pindell, Ingeborg G. Pluhar, Lotte Profohs, Angels Ribé, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Brigitte Aloise Roth, Suzanne Santoro, Carolee Schneemann, Lydia Schouten, Elaine Shemilt, Cindy Sherman, Penny Slinger, Annegret Soltau, Anita Steckel, Gabriele Stötzer, Betty Tompkins, Regina Vater, Marianne Wex, Hannah Wilke, Martha Wilson, Francesca Woodman, Nil Yalter

PERCEPTION OF SPACES AND PLACES  
Vito Acconci, Francis Alÿs, Monika Baer, Uta Barth, Cecil Beaton, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Johanna Billing. Barbara Bloom, Ulla von Brandenburg, Tom Burr, Miriam Cahn, Janet Cardiff / George Bures Miller, Georgia Creimer, Olafur Eliasson, Ceal Floyer, Gilbert & George, Simryn Gill, Nan Goldin, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Annette Kelm, Joachim Koester, Moussa Kone, Louise Lawler, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ursula Mayer, Anthony McCall, Ernesto Neto, Loan Nguyen, Ingo Nussbaumer, Gabriel Orozco, Erkan Özgen / Sener Özmen / Cengiz Tekin, Elodie Pong, Wilfredo Prieto, Laura Ribero, Aïda Ruilova, Ed Ruscha,  Mario Sala, Fred Sandback, Tomoko Sawada, Melanie Schiff, Chiharu Shiota, Simon Starling, John Stezaker, Annika Ström, Sergio de la Torre, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, James Welling, Christopher Williams, David Wojnarowicz

IDENTITY
Maria Luise Bussmann, Simon Fujiwara, Kate Gilmore, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Maria Hahnenkamp, Jenny Holzer, Sigune Hamann, Lena Henke, Peter Hujar, Michel Journiac, Jürgen Klauke, Jakob Lena Knebl, Roberta Lima, Sarah Lucas, Urs Lüthi, Annette Messager, Tahmineh Monzavi, Adam Rzepecki,Markus Schinwald, Stefanie Seibold, Lorna Simpson, Sophie Thun, Gillian Wearing
The international Advisory Board is made up of the founding director Gabriele Schor and a changing selection of international experts. 

Members of the Board of Trustees
Philipp Kaiser: independent curator in Los Angeles (former director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne)
Jessica Morgan: director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York (former curator at the Tate Modern in London)
Camille Morineau: founder and head of AWARE (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibition) (former curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne and Centre Pompidou, Paris)
Sean Rainbird: director of the National Gallery Ireland (former curator at the Tate Modern in London)
Marc-Olivier Wahler, director of the Chalet Society in Paris (former director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris)


Theresa Dann
curatorial assistant of the VERBUND COLLECTION
Numerous national and international museums and exhibition houses have presented artworks of the VERBUND COLLECTION as items on loan in their exhibitions.

National borrowers
21er Haus, Vienna, ALBERTINA, Vienna, ALBERTINA MODERN, Vienna, BACA Kunstforum Wien, Belvedere, Vienna, Camera Austria Linz, Kunsthalle Krems, Kunsthalle Wien, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, MAK – Museum of Applied Art, Vienna, MUMOK – Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, MUSA – Museum, Startgalerie, Artothek, Vienna, Museum der Moderne am Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, OÖ Kulturquartier des Landes Oberösterreich, Linz, OÖ Landesmuseum, Linz, Taxispalais Innsbruck, Tyrol, Universalmuseum Joanneum Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Westlicht, Vienna

International borrowers
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau/Germany, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth/Australia, ARTER, Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey, Bonniers Kunsthall Stockholm, Sweden, BOZAR, Brussels/Belgium, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur/Switzerland, Centre de la photographie, Geneva/Switzerland, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, USA, C/O Berlin, Germany, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, Galleria dell’ Academia Florenz, Italy, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin/Germany, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany, Kunsthalle Vogelmann – Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Germany, KUNST MERAN | MERANO ARTE, Merano/Italy, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany, Louisiana Museum, Humblebaeck, Humblebaeck/Demark, Mjellby Konstmuseum, Halmstad/Sweden, MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles/USA, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas/USA, MOM Art Space, Hamburg, Monnaie de Paris, France, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg, MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, León/Spain, Musée de la Dance Rennes, France, Museion, Bolzano, Museum Ludwig, Cologne/Germany, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, National Glass Centre, Sunderland/England, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, Österreichisches Kulturforum, Bratislava/Slovakia, Österreichisches Kulturforum, New York/USA, Photo España, Madrid/Spain, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich/Germany, Royal Academy of Arts London, England, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, Germany, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Germany, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam/Netherlands, Stills - Centre for Photography, Edinburgh/Scotland, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York/USA, Southbank Centre, Hayward Gallery, London, Swiss Institute/Contemporary Art, New York, Tate Liverpool, England, Tate Modern, London/England, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York/USA

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