A cooperative project between MUSA and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. After its opening in New York in September 2011, the exhibition Beauty Contest is now in the MUSA in an enlarged version, starting on 16 February 2012.
“La beauté n’est que la promesse du bonheur,” writes Stendhal, and this promise of happiness explains why the whole world is a servant to beauty and strives towards acquiring it. Hence, we can understand beauty as a perceived ideal, as a yearning for the perfection of an appearance applied to deepest human depths, influenced by cultural parameters and, consequently, in constant transition, yet rooted in the perception of each individual. To name it as such and to apprehend it, as it were, remains the achievement of reason. Only with reason is this feeling conveyed to social discourse, and only the totality of human perceptiveness imbues beauty with “body.”
The project focuses on the human striving for beauty for one’s own body and the yearning for the physical beauty of others. Having adopted various appearances and implications in the course of human events, beauty in itself merely represents the cultural backdrop with which contemporary artists approach the issue in very different ways. As much as everyday life is defined by the omnipresent dictates of beauty, the individual is still able to maintain his or her freedom by having a greater power of definition than ever.
Irene ANDESSNER, Lieselott BESCHORNER, Clarina BEZZOLA, Petra BUCHEGGER, Eva CHOUNG-FUX, Leslie DE MELO, Mehmet EMIR, Gerda FASSEL, Sissi FARASSAT, Andrea FREIBERGER, Matthias HERRMANN, Anna JERMOLAEWA, Birgit JÜRGENSSEN, Jakob Lena KNEBL, Evangelia KRANIOTI, Maria LASSNIG, Ulrike LIENBACHER, Kalup LINZY, Elfriede MEJCHAR, MUNTEAN/ROSENBLUM, Rashaad NEWSOME, Maria PETSCHNIG, Lisl PONGER, Katarina SCHMIDL, Cindy SHERMAN, Sula ZIMMERBERGER
AKTION | Der Schritt zum Schnitt
Mehmet Emir in Kooperation mit Frisörin Ines Zugschwert, die Freiwilligen die Haare schneidet.
Do | 29.03.2012 | 19:00 – 20:00
Do | 26.04.2012 | 19:00 – 20:00
Do | 24.05.2012 | 18:30 – 19:30
PERFORMANCE | Do, 10. Mai 2012 | 19:00
“When I walk alone” von Clarina Bezzola
Wien 1., Felderstraße 6-8 Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri 11-18 h
Thu 11-20h/Sat 11-16h – Free entry