The group exhibition Display of the Centuries. Frederick Kiesler and Contemporary Art at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is dedicated to the work and ideas of the Austrian American architect, designer, artist, and theoretician Frederick Kiesler, as 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of his death, his 125th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the completion of his most famous work, the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem.
16 contemporary artists examine strategies of representation and display, not only referencing the works of Frederick Kiesler, but also grappling with Raimund Abraham’s intricate design of the building that hosts this exhibition. They will investigate questions of art production and its subsequent presentation.
Curated by Peter Bogner, the works on view contrast and often are at odds with the architectural conditions of the Austrian Cultural Forum’s interconnected gallery floors, and thus appropriate the space for themselves. With great sensibility for the arrangement and relationship of objects in their spatial environment, the participating artists use ideas of both Frederick Kiesler and Raimund Abraham to present them in new conceptual contexts.
[Image: ONA B. The Hay is Already Dry in the Mountains, 2014. C-print. Unframed 37.4 in x 76.8 in. Courtesy of the artist]