The mumok in Vienna presents one of Germany’s most significant private collections in its premises. The exhibition, which runs until 27th May, features works from the collection of German gallerist and philanthropist Alexander Schröder. Optik Schröder II follows an exhibition from the same collection presented in spring 2006 at the Kunstverein Braunschweig.
The Neu gallery’s founder’s collection comprises around 500 works, of which around 100 are shown in the Austrian capital. It includes artists such as Martha Rosler, Tom Burr, Claire Fontaine, Gelitin, Isa Genzken, Anne Imhof who recently represented Germany at the Venice Biennale with a dramatic installation titled Faust.
Exploring a dialogue with the artists and references to key concepts such as queer identity, museum display, poetry and social issues, the show displays excerpts from a remarkable collection which started in the mid-1990s.
Optik Schröder II illustrates an exemplary philosophy of collecting as it focuses on the nature of the contemporary, independent spirit, originality and an amazing eye. The collection allows for a re-interpretation of the museum’s collection too, and reflects an avid curiosity and dialogue with contemporary artists.
Image : Paulina Olowska Provocative, 2001 Öl auf Leinwand / Oil on canvas 180 x 160 cm © Photo: Sammlung Alexander Schröder/Stefan Korte © Paulina Olowska