Photo: Methane gas flame on a frozen lake in Alaska, by Benedikt Partenheimer
© Benedikt Partenheimer, Bildrecht Wien 2020

Devil may care (Nach uns die Sintflut)

Climate change has arrived. In the midst of our society. And we are now seeing and sensing the effects in our own bodies. In its new exhibition, the Kunst Haus Wien uses art to show why it is so important right now to dedicate ourselves to this topic – and to act. "Devil may care" focuses on photographic and film works by 20 international artists from the past ten years. Many of the presented works came about through years of research and in close collaboration with scientists, so as to also view the topic from a socio-political and social perspective.

The alpine region in particular is very badly affected by the warming climate. Works by Axel Braun (Germany), Douglas Mandry (Switzerland), and Michael Goldgruber (Austria) are examples of how drastically the landscape has changed forever in recent years. For example, Goldgruber dedicates himself in his works to the changes taking place in the high-alpine landscape of the Ötztaler Alps in the Tyrol. International contributions such as the one by the photographer Sarker Protick (Bangladesh) also show how human interventions are changing and destroying the landscape. In his series entitled "On River and Lost Lands", he brings the erosion of the Ganges river banks, which is having a huge effect on people's lives, really close to the visitor. 

The title of the exhibition, "Devil may care" ("Nach uns die Sintflut"), is based on a statement by Karl Marx in "Das Kapital". Because 150 years ago, Marx denounced human interventions into nature as environmental destruction and lamented the population's persistent ambivalence about it. Much time has passed since then, but we know: this topic is more current and more important than ever.

Museums for future

The Kunst Haus Wien is Austria's first green museum. It is quite clear that the institution has linked up with the global movement "Museums for Future". The goal is to show more ecological and political engagement, but above all more responsibility. It is about making topics pertaining to the environment, nature, and sustainability accessible to a wide public and thus to contribute to awareness-raising.

With "Devil may care", the Kunst Haus Wien has succeeded in putting together an exhibition that not only gets you thinking but could also move some of us to act. Precisely because this topic is heavily based on discourse and conversations, the exhibition is supplemented with its own discussion series.

Devil may care (Nach uns die Sintflut)

September 16, 2020 - February 14, 2021

Note: Due to the current situation, the opening times of the individual institutions may have changed. Please make inquiries before you visit the museums.

Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser

Untere Weißgerberstraße 13 , 1030 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 30% off (bis zu 30%) / 3,30/3,60€ off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors )
    • Elevator available
      • 250 cm wide and 120 cm low , Door 200 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main entrance and access to the restaurant / café: no steps, , floors are uneven, elevator.

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