The “Intermezzi” are smaller, temporary exhibitions within the collection presentation. They expand the collection and give visitors the opportunity to become active themselves.
The Art of the Palliative Turn.
Art for the End of Our Way of Life
30 March 2023 – 12 May 2024
“”Business as usual” no longer offers a solution! Accept the end of the world as we know it and plan for it! The art of the palliative turn affirms life and equally understands dying as a normal and natural course of events!”
In 2020, the artist Olav Westphalen (born 1963) initiated the Association for the Palliative Turn, a loosely connected group of international artists. Since then, its members have focused on the artistic potentials of dealing with death, palliation, and leave-taking in a range of media and event formats that make use of humour, generosity, delight, and reflection. In the practice of life, the human body is inevitably awarded the role of a medium.
The various limitations that bodies impose on people are as much a part of this as all singular sensory perceptions and experiences.
30 March 2023 – 28 January 2024
Using clothes that can be transformed into prayer mats, the project explores the notion of the mosque space, its formal boundaries and its relationship to the human body. Respecting religious rules, the Nomadic Mosque aims to redefine traditional forms and functions of mosques in a contemporary context. The project interprets the idea of the world as a mosque, as formulated by the Prophet Mohammed, as portable architecture.
The Nomadic Mosque can thus be seen as a mosque with minimal volume, whose design is orientated towards the individual needs and experiences of the faithful. However, it is also a device that can transform any secular space into a prayer room. It not only accommodates liturgical necessities, but also functions as a prosthetic device for the praying believer.
The learning body
30 March 2023 – 21 Jan 2024
Our bodies absorb and exude, are part of our “expression”, be it through physical manifestation, creative dance, exercise, or work. Which capacities to store knowledge does the human body have? What does it remember? Which cognitive processes are first stimulated by movement in space?
The physical body as a kind of learning tool straddling play, sport, and performance “on demand” forms the focal point of this experimental research and cooperation project. In collaboration with the Curatorial Workshop’s cultural outreach programme, Corina Forthuber and students from the Gestaltung: Technik.Textil course of study at the Mozarteum University Salzburg address the ideational history of the “learning body” and carry out experiments to explore the ability to remember, physical action, and the physical sensor system. Through the modification of bodies, they examine and shift automated behaviours and transform tried-and-tested relationships between the body and space.