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Europe: Ancient Future

Catalog, 2021
17,0 × 24,0cm, approx. 160 pages 

New release 

17,0 × 24,0cm
approx. 160 pages
illustrations in color
German / English

edited by:
Sandro Droschl, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, 2021

with texts by:
Annetta Alexandridis, Sandro Droschl, Marina Fokidis, Tobias Ihl, Constanze Itzel, Eveline Krummen, Linda Nolan, Verity Platt, Markus J. Prutsch

Grafische Gestaltung:
FONDAZIONE Europa, Alexander Nussbaumer

Published approx. in December 2021


The catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition Europe: Ancient Future (23.04.2021 – 15.08.2021) at HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark.

On the occasion of its institutional launch, the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark focuses on the concept of Europe with the extensive exhibition project Europe: Ancient Future. The exhibition brings together selected ideas on the subject of Europe and sheds light on them beyond common attributions and pragmatic criteria. Of particular importance for the exhibition are various forms of retro-futurism, i.e. forms of the future that refer to the past: With recourse to ancient and partly mythological concepts, we want to contribute to the understanding of Europe, to step out of thinking about the status quo and to design a possible Perfect Futur”. It is about the design of a utopia that is aware of its own ephemerality and always already refers to the past. Europe: Ancient Future is thus conceived as an experiment which reflects on transnational communal life in the European area. In doing so, we would like to focus on a Europe of cultural and ideal diversity, to engage with its historically complex starting point. Throughout the exhibition, a mental arc will be traced that stretches from antiquity to the present, focusing on the good relationship of the individual to both local and international communities. The search for a critical balance between the individual and the group already characterized ancient Greece; Aristotle, for example, emphasized an egalitarian approach to society without undermining the autonomy of the individual. These considerations have recently been taken up and further developed in contemporary discourse by the American political scientist Danielle Allen. Allen’s concern is to develop a new understanding of political freedom and equality, centered on democratic participation and self-empowerment. Beyond its economic and political developments, Europe is to be foregrounded as a cultural-historical project, analyzed for its utopian potential.

The exhibition Europe: Ancient Future works with stories and ideas from the perspective of the invited artists whose images and works refer to a past that radiates to our present and its possible future. About a dozen renowned artists deal in very different and yet very specific terms with the broad theme that, for all its contrasts, holds together the interest in a good interplay between the individual and society, which since antiquity has been constantly reformulated and rehearsed with playful seriousness.

Jimmie Durham, Haris Epaminonda, Ira Goryainova, Renée Green, Franz Kapfer, Barbara Kapusta, Jutta Koether, Oliver Laric, Shahryar Nashat, Steven Parrino, Franco Vaccari, James Welling, Franz West.


Participating artists

Haris Epaminonda

*1980 Cyprus, lives in Berlin

has shown her work in selected solo exhibitions at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona; Secession, Vienna; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; CAAC, Seville; Le Plateau, Paris; Villa du Parc, Annemasse; Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, among others; Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich; Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; MoMA, New York; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Tate Modern, London; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Epaminonda represented Cyprus at the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007.

Group exhibitions have included Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; 58. Venice Biennale, Venice; Werkleitz, Dessau; Archaeological Museum, Mykonos; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Fondation Hippocrene, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Madre Museum, Naples; Jewish Museum, New York; documenta (14), Kassel; Fondazione Prada, Milan; Leopold-Hoesch Museum & Paper Museum, Düren; National Gallery, Prague; Museum Serralves, Porto; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; 2013, dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St Louis; New Museum, New York; 9th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah; 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin.

She received the Silver Lion at the 58th Venice Biennial 2019, the Audience Award at the National Gallery Prize for Young Art Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin 2013 and the SB9 Award at the 9th Sharjah Biennial, 2009.

Jimmie Durham

*1940 Washington, lives in Berlin

has exhibited in solo shows at Fidelidade Arte, Lisbon; Culturgest, Porto; the d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes; the Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Milan; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; the Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome; the Museo Querini Stampalia, Venice; the Serpentine Gallery, London; Parasol Unit, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo; the Visual Arts Foundation Middleburg; the Bari Teatro Margherita, Bari; the Fundazione Morra Greco, Athens; and the Palazzo Reale, Napoli.

Works by Durham have also been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp; Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Montpellier Contemporain, Montpellier; the 58th Venice Biennial, Venice; the Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome; the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (MADRE), Madrid; the Villa Medici – Académie de France à Rome, Rome; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the 6th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moscow; and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel.

Renée Green

*1959 Cleveland, lives in Cambridge

has exhibited her work in selected solo shows at Galería Visor, Valencia; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Lausanne; Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris; Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin; Einstein Spaces, Berlin; Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Green has been in group exhibitions at Museum Ludwig, Cologne; IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna; Kunsthaus Graz, Graz; Manifesta 7 Trentino – Alto Adige 2008, Trentino; Foundation Manifesta, South Tyrol; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Documenta XI, Kassel; the Haus der Kunst, Munich; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Barcelona Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Secession, Vienna; the MOCA, Los Angeles; the Bronx Museum of Art, New York; the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; and the Louisiana Museum of Art, Copenhagen.

Franz Kapfer

*1971 Fürstenfeld, lives in Vienna

solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Europäisches Forum Alpbach; Museum Hartberg, Hartberg; GPLcontemporary, Vienna; Kunstpavillon Innsbruck, Innsbruck; Belvedere, Vienna; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen, Passau; Stift Neuberg an der Mürz; and Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, among others.

Kapfer is a participant in the 5th Gherdëina Biennale, Ortisei, 2016; the Kiev Biennale, Kiev, 2015; the Busan Biennale, Busan 2012; and, as part of Franz West Extroversion, the 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2011. He participated in international residencies at, among others Moscow 2022; Jerusalem 2021; Istanbul 2018; Mexico-City 2014; Paris 2011; Tirana 2008; Rome 2003.

Franz West

*1947 Vienna, †2012 in Vienna

has shown his work in solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; 21er Haus, Vienna; National Gallery, Prague; Oberes Belvedere, Vienna; Mumok, Vienna; Belvedere 21, Vienna; Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; at the Madre Napoli, Naples at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; at the Museo Rufino Tomayo, Mexico City; at the MAK Vienna; at the Place Vendôme, Paris; at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz; at the Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin; at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and at the 44. Biennale di Venezia, Venice.

Works by the artist were shown in group exhibitions at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels; the Kunsthaus Graz, Graz; at the 57. Biennale di Venezia, Venice; at 21er Haus, Vienna; at Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel; at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; at Liverpool Biennial 2010, Liverpool; at MoMA, New York; at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; at documenta X, Kassel; at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; and at Serpentine Gallery, London.

Barbara Kapusta

*1983 Vienna, lives in Vienna

uses as a central, recurring element in her practice the connection of the body with materiality and language.

Her objects, films, performances, and text-based works have been shown most recently at Gianni Manhattan, Vienna; ACF London, London; Kunstraum London, London; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Vis Hamburg, Hamburg; Ashley Berlin, Berlin; KUP, Athens; 21er Haus Vienna, Vienna; Beautiful Gallery, Chicago; and the mumok cinema, Vienna, among others.

Her most recent publication, Dangerous Bodies, is forthcoming in 2019 from Gianni Manhattan Vienna and Motto Books, Lausanne, Berlin.

James Welling

*1951 Hartford, lives in Los Angeles

has shown his work in solo exhibitions at the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; the Regen Projects, Los Angeles; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland; the Tate Modern, London; Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna; at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; with the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; at the Donals Young Gallery, Chicago; with the Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich; and the Camden Arts Center, London.

His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Getty Center, Los Angeles; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; at the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Bourgogne, Dijon; at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg; at the Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen; at the Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and at the Whitney Biennial, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Franco Vaccari

*1936 Modena, lives in Modena

has shown his work in solo exhibitions at the Fondazione Marconi, Milano; the Bergamo Film Meeting, Bergamo; the Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples; the Madre – Museo d’Arte Donna Regina, Naples; in BASE, Florence; at the Mostyn Museum, Llandudno; at the Palazzo dei Pio, Carpi Modena; at the Fondazione Giorgio Marconi, Milano; at the Gwanju Biennale, Gwanju; at the Galeria Mazzoli, Modena; with the Galeria Michela Rizzo, Venice; at the Museo Cantonale d’Arte Lugano; at the XLV Biennale di Venezia, Venice; and the Museum Moderner Kunst Wien, Vienna.

His work has been included in group exhibitions at Konsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Museo Fortuny, Venice; Museo Bilotti, Rome; Monnaie de Paris, Paris; Galleria P420, Bologna; Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia; Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju; at Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; Prague Biennale 4, Prague; Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz; XIV Quadriennale di Roma, Rome; XLVI Biennale di Venezia, Venice; and Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan.

Shahryar Nashat

*1975 Geneva, lives in Los Angeles

has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Swiss Institute, New York; SMK, the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; the Rodeo Gallery, Athens; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Studio Voltaire, London; and Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, among others.

His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow; the Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg; at the Biennale de Montréal, Montréal; the Biennial of Sydney, Sydney; the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Munich; the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; the 8th Berlin Biennial, Berlin; the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and the Detroit Museum of Art, Detroit.

Jutta Koether

*1958 Cologne, lives in Hamburg, Berlin and New York

has exhibited in solo shows at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Bortolami, New York; Campoli Presti, Paris; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin; 10th Annual Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai; Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich and Arnolfini, Bristol, among others.

Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Hessel Museum, Bard College, New York; Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Madrid; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; mumok, Vienna; SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art and VOX – Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montréal; the Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the New Museum, New York; the Campoli Presti, Paris; the Tate Modern, London; and the São Paulo Biennial 2012, at the São Paulo Museum of Art.

Ira Goryainova

*1984 Moscow, lives in Brussels

is a Russian born filmmaker who currently lives in Brussels, where she is a PhD candidate at The Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound RITCS and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Working with found footage from broadcasting, the internet and archival material the artist conceives poetic yet critical works, in which she is questioning humanity and showing its vulnerability.

Goryainova has taken part in various international film festivals such as RIDM Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Montréal; Imagine Science Film Festival, New York; Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Thessaloniki; und IDFA International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, a.o.

Oliver Laric

*1981 Innsbruck, lives in Berlin

has shown in solo exhibitions at S.M.A.K Gent, Gent; at OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai; Pedro Cera, Lisbon; Forum Arte Braga, Braga; Gallery 301, the St. Louis Art Museum, St Louis; at Braunschweiger Kunstverein, Braunschweig; with Tanya Leighton, Berlin; Metro Pictures, New York; at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; at Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah; at Tramway, Glasgow; at Secession, Vienna; with Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo; at CCA Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv; at the Austrian Cultural Forum, London; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC.

His work has been included in group exhibitions such as the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn; Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Braga; 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Sao Paulo; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Busan Biennale, Busan; and ICA Boston, Boston.

Steven Parrino

*1958 New York, †2005 in New York

has had solo exhibitions amongst others at The Power Station, Dallas; Gagosian Gallery, Paris; at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; at the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; the Team Gallery New York; Milano Gallery Jean Brolly, Paris; Circuit, Lausanne; the Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; and Massimo de Carlo Arte Contemporanea, Milan.

His works were shown in group exhibitions at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; at FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon; at MAC Lyon, Lyon; at Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York; Art & Public, Geneva; the Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; Lyon Biennale, Lyon; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; at the Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne.