Concrete estate, David Maljkovic, Missing Colours, 2010

Concrete: A building material as art

City planning in the post-war years was about more than just building. It was about the implementation of a "concrete utopia" based on the most advanced material of the time. The exhibition "Concrete" in the Kunsthalle Wien MuseumsQuartier emphasizes this modernity through to the present day and also looks at the social and ideological implications of past concrete architecture.

The exhibits include Sofie Thorsen's sculptural interpretation of "playground sculptures": concrete sculptures by artists which also served as playground equipment for children and were primarily installed around council housing buildings in Vienna. Another subject is the so-called Brutalism, which arose in the 1960s. Brutalist architecture is noted not only for the expressive use of concrete but also for important social components. The social element stands for housing as well as for educational and cultural institutions. This architecture was explicitly targeted social change.

Liam Gillick has designed a work especially for this exhibition which makes use of photographic material that he took in Thamesmead near London in the 1990s: Important scenes for Stanley Kubrick's film "Clockwork Orange" were shot there. And a video installation by the Egyptian artist Heba Amin combines recordings of unfinished buildings in Cairo with messages that Egyptians tweeted against the Mubarak regime during the protests in 2011.


25 June - 6 November 2016

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070  Wien
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  • Opening times

    • daily, 11:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 11:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps ( Door  200  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 6 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 155 cm wide and 138 cm low , Door 110 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      A wheelchair will be provided on demand during the visit.

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      Access to all exhibition rooms and restaurant/café: no steps.

      6 free parking spaces for visitors with special needs on the premises (access: Burggasse / Volkstheater) with proper identification and 4 parking spaces for visitors with special needs in the parking garage (basement level 2 next to elevator, access: main entrance Museumsplatz).

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