The so-called media rebel’s creations have always sparked mixed reactions – and blunt opposition by conservative critics and audiences. One of Austria’s leading artists, he already experimented with modern media in the 1960s and 1970s.
His installations feature various objects consisting of different materials but also films, photographs and audio effects. To see all of these creations in one large exhibition space is an extraordinary experience – if not a life-changing one, as the subheading of the current 21er Haus exhibit claims.
Works of art created by Weibel – who recently turned 70 – between 1964 and 2014 are on display at the gallery located near Vienna’s new main station. The range of topics and approaches is truly impressive.
“Warnung! Diese Ausstellung kann Ihr Leben verändern” features an old Mercedes which Weibel turned into a state carriage by stretching the Austrian flag across the backseat. Photos of the stunt are on display too. Other images portray street projects by Weibel and Valie Export, another influential multimedia artist who is still active.
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