Concrete, to be precise

An Austrian art institution presents reflections on a robust building material.

Concrete once was considered as modern. It is still seen as solid and reliable. However, the commonly used material is also accused of disallowing emotions and a warm atmosphere in living environments.

All of these contradictions and controversies have been challenging artists for many years. The Kunsthalle Wien’s current exhibition presents some perceptions. “Beton” not just features sculptures and parts taken from different construction projects. The exhibit also consists of photographs, video installations and sound compositions.

Artworks by over 25 designers, painters and photographers focusing on a wide range of topics from inhabitants’ situation to the material’s decay are on display at the Vienna Museumsquartier venue, including Ingrid Martens, Werner Feiersinger and Cyprien Gaillard. “Beton” – which has been curated by Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen – follows exciting Kunsthalle Wien exhibitions about the feeling of fear, Salvador Dali, circus entertainment and Isa Genzken.


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