Сurators from Kunsthalle Wien Luca Lo Pinto and Vanessa Joan Müller presented the exhibition ‘Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality’ last week. Take a look at the photos and go see the show.“Function follows vision, vision follows reality” was Frederick Kiesler’s guiding principle. Born in the western Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi in 1890, the architect, stage, exhibition and furniture designer studied and worked in Vienna until his emigration to New York in 1926. Frederick Kiesler achieved international renown with his ground-breaking designs and concepts in the areas of architecture and design. His primary interest lay in a cross-disciplinary design that combined both theory and practice.
The exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz was developed in cooperation with the Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation and takes the 50th anniversary of Kiesler’s passing, and his 125th birthday, as occasion to investigate his influence on contemporary art. The show is centred around Kiesler’s reflections on the subject of displays, as he was already responsible for the conception of numerous innovative exhibition displays during the 1940s, including those for Peggy Guggenheim’s private museum Art of This Century in New York. Even then, he questioned the fundamental aspects of exhibiting art and made observations that continue to remain relevant for contemporary artists to this day. His ideas and designs combine artistic and social considerations, thereby creating situations in which art is able to be experienced in new and innovative ways.Accordingly, the exhibition Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality places Kiesler’s interest in innovative forms and methods of presentation of art at the centre of its conception. Situated in an atmospheric setting in which the ideas of the visionary designer are taken up and translated into the present, works by contemporary artists correspond with illustrations, texts and photos from Kiesler’s legendary window displays.
Don’t miss the Lecture “Pantographic experience.The conundrum of the architectural display” with Fabrizio Gallanti, which will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7 pm at Kunsthalle Wien MQ.
The relationship between curatorial practice, exhibition design and architecture has historically been a fertile and problematic terrain for experimentation. Captions, mockups, replicas, frames, models, wall-texts, vitrines, Plexiglas, stencils, beamers, stands, audio-guides, flat screens, gypsum walls, plywood, humidifiers constitute an ever changing panoply of apparatuses to engage audiences and generate discourse. The question recurs over and over: how do we use space to communicate?
Fabrizio Gallanti has wide-raging and international experience in architectural design, education, publication, and exhibitions. He holds a Ph.D. in architectural design from the Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy 2001) and an M. Arch. from the University of Genova (1995). In 1998 he was among the founding members of gruppo A12, a collective of architects dedicated to the hybridization of architectural design and visual arts (www.gruppoa12.org), with which he collaborated until 2004. He has taught in Chile, Italy, UK and USA. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the architecture editor at Abitare magazine and chief editor of the Abitare web-site. Between 2011 and 2014 he was the Associate Director Programs at the Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montréal, Canada. In 2014 he was the first senior Mellon fellow at the School of Architecture of Princeton University. He is the founding member of the research practice FIG Projects (www.fig-projects.com).
‘Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality’
on view till 23.08.2015
Daily 10 am – 7 pm, Thu 10 am – 9 pm
Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz
Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Vienna, Austria