How is history written, who has this task? And by what means are historical events examined, evaluated and ultimately made public? What about the objectivity of scientific research and the historical documents on which it is based? What legitimacy do visual artists have who deal with historical and contemporary themes and events in their work and communicate them in a poetic language?
In the present publication on the thematic exhibition of the same name, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg opens a discussion about one of the central tasks of the museum: the constitution of history on the basis of artefacts. The focus is on art that reflects contemporary historical events and their own involvement. The works on display span a chronological arc from the 17th century to the present day.
Edited by Sabine Breitwieser for the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.
With essays by Sabine Breitwieser, Karl-Markus Gauß, Eva Kernbauer and texts by the artists
Paperback, 28 x 24 cm, 212 pages, 152 illustrations, German/English edition, Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 2014
How is history written? What mission is it to write it? Which tools are used to examine and evaluate historical events and to disseminate knowledge about them? How objective is scholarly research and the historic documents on which it is based? What is the legitimacy of visual artists who address historical themes and events in contemporary history with their own resources and distinctive methodologies and express them in poetic language?This publication accompanying a topical exhibition at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg initiates a discussion about a central component of the museum's mission: to constitute history by means of artefacts. The exhibition focuses on works with a specific frame of reference: art that reflects on history and contemporary events as well as on its own involvement. The works on display span the period from the seventeenth century to the present.
Edited by Sabine Breitwieser for the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. With Texts by Sabine Breitwieser, Karl-Markus Gauss, Eva Kernbauer and the artists
Brochure, 28 x 24 cm, 212 pages, 152 pictures, German/English Edition, Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 2014