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Past Understandings

Desire Ruin

Interventions by Bjarki Bragason at KHM and NHM

12 December 2014 - 11 January 2015


On December 11 we cordially invite you to the opening of Bjarki Bragason's intervention at the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and the Mineral Collection at the Naturhistorisches Museum, which will be realized in cooperation with both institutions. (Duration: 12.12.2014 - 11.01.2015)

The opening will start at 4.30pm at the Naturhistorisches Museum and will be continued at 5.30 at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

The project was initiated by on site, a non-profit art organisation working internationally for the promotion of contemporary visual art. As part of the exhibition ice ice baby (27.11 – 11.12. 2014) six artistic positions were invited from Iceland among others Bjarki Bragason, to participate in the exhibition in Vienna. In cooperation with the Federal Chancellery of Austria/ Bilateral and Multilateral Cultural Cooperation the artist was invited to take part in the Artist-in-Residence programme of the the Federal Chancellery and KulturKontakt Austria from October-December 2014.

Time is a central issue in the works by the Icelandic artist Bjarki Bragason (born 1983), examining it through the aspects of political history, architecture, language and archeology.

In the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Bjarki Bragason is presenting his new work Past Understandings. In a series of video works und sculptural interventions the artist questions the construction and reading of historical narrative while dealing with the history of the museum.

In the Mineral Collection at the Naturhistorisches Museum Bjarki Bragason is showing a new adaption of the video sculpture
Desire Ruin realized in 2013. Desire Ruin draws on the dilemma of studying a phenomenon and the alteration, which a study has on the subject studied. The work deals with issues of time, history and the desire to internalize the subject of time.