Instructions for Happiness / Fritz Wotruba im Skulpturengarten

Vienna  8. July 2017

The 21er Haus – Museum of Contemporary Art in Vienna, Austria, is pleased to inform you about our new exhibitions.


8 July to 5 November 2017
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Instructions for happiness – an absurd promise? Instructions for Happiness sets out to explore this subjective, elusive feeling and scrutinizes conceptions of happiness. Using behavioural guidelines, the works of participating artists invite responses to simulated situations through the use of objects or by interacting with others – or simply provoke the processes of thought. Arrangements that vary in form and content mirror the diversity of perspectives that the artists – as much as society in general – hold towards being happy. Just as with interpersonal relationships, immediate encounters or everyday situations, happiness may also hide in appreciating the beauty of the little things. Visitors are invited to explore ideas of happiness and to thereby also find their own answers.

With works by Anna-Sophie Berger, Keren Cytter, Heinrich Dunst, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Christian Falsnaes, Barbara Kapusta, Rallou Panagiotou, Angelo Plessas, Maruša Sagadin, Hans Schabus, Socratis Socratous, Jannis Varelas, Salvatore Viviano und Anna Witt

Curated by Severin Dünser and Olympia Tzortzi.



7 July to 30 November 2017
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Revamp of the 21er Haus sculpture garden to mark the anniversary of Fritz Wotruba’s (1907-1975) 110th birthday; key works by the Austrian sculptor will be staged in the sculpture garden between 7 July and 31 November 2017.

Since 2012, the sculpture garden of the 21er Haus has hosted works by internationally known artists who predominantly work in Austria. For this special occasion, 13 bronze figures by Fritz Wotruba have been mounted in the centre of the garden, upon five concrete bases that were constructed by Heimo Zobernig in 2013 to match the surrounding architecture. The Large Figure Relief from Brussels, a permanent loan from the mumok, and the thirteen selected bronze castings from the Fritz Wobtruba Private Foundation together make up a concentrated retrospective of Wotruba’s work.

Curated by Gabriele Stöger-Spevak,
Fritz Wotruba Foundation

Irene Jäger




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