Franz West, Genealogie des Ungreifbaren, 1997, Ausstellungsansicht Proudly Presenting: Sammlung Generali Foundation, 2014, © Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Rainer Iglar
VALIE EXPORT, TAPP- und TASTKINO, 1968, Ausstellungsansicht Proudly Presenting: Sammlung Generali Foundation, 2014, © Bildrecht, Wien, 2014, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Rainer Iglar
Dan Graham, New Design for Showing Videos, 1995, Ausstellungsansicht: Sammlung, 2007 © Generali Foundation. Foto: Werner Kaligofsky

Generali Foundation Collection

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg entered into a unique partnership with the Generali Foundation Collection in January 2014, which will merge the two institutions over the long term. Beginning in April 2014, the Generali Foundation will continue its activities for the promotion of contemporary art at the Museum der Moderne. This partnership is initially laid out for twenty-five years and encompasses several areas.

The Generali Foundation collection has been entrusted to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg as a permanent loan. The collection will be shown year-round on a separate, specially dedicated level of the museum on Mönchsberg. In rotating exhibitions, the collection will be set into dialogue with the museum’s other holdings. In addition the comprehensive library and archive of the Generali Foundation will be made accessible to the public at the premises of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in the medium term.

The Generali Foundation likewise continues its collection activities in partnership with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. A special acquisition budget will be made available for this, a part of which will be available to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg for its own acquisitions.

The Generali Group Austria also continues to bear responsibility for the Generali Foundation and will provide adequate means to guarantee the necessary personnel and financial resources for the activities. Costs for the transfer and care of the collection and for the exhibitions will be covered by the Generali Group Austria. In particular, two curator posts for the collection and future study area, as well as a conservator post will be sponsored.

Generali Foundation

The Generali Foundation was established in 1988 by the Generali Group Austria as a private and non-for-profit art association to foster contemporary visual art. Sabine Breitwieser, founding director of the Generali Foundation, managed the institution from 1988 to 2007; in 2008 Sabine Folie took the helm and ran the institution until spring 2014. Dietrich Karner—the initiator of the Generali Foundation—has been its President ever since its foundation. The key tasks of the Generali Foundation include the building of a collection of contemporary art; it is committed to scholarship, preservation, documentation, and publication of art. With Austrian post World War II sculpture as its point of departure, the emphasis soon shifted to the exploration of social space in international art. In 1995 the architecturally acclaimed exhibition, storage and office building in Vienna was opened, where numerous ground breaking exhibitions have been organized since then. Parallel to these activities, the foundation has built an archive and a library, which are—together with its comprehensive video collection—accessible to the public in the study centre. For more than two decades, the Generali Foundation has consistently developed its collection and is sustainably engaged in a critical discourse, dealing not only with questions related to art and art theory but also with sociopolitical issues.

The Generali Foundation Collection

With about 2,100 works by 200 internationally renowned artists, the Generali Foundation is one of the most important private art collections in Austria. For many years the focus of the collection has been on photography, film, video and installation, i.e. on media, which allow artists process-based work. While many museums only recently started to include under-represented artists into their collecting policy, the Generali Foundation began early on to make a commitment to yet non-canonised art, with a particular focus on female artists. This collection has done pioneering work in many aspects. Within this collection Conceptual art and media- and socio-critical artworks from the 1960s and 1970s enter into a dialogue with works by a younger generation of artists. Works from the Generali Foundation Collection are regularly represented in important international exhibitions.

Selected artists represented in the collection:

Vito Acconci, Azra Akšamija, Robert Barry, Lothar Baumgarten, Gottfried Bechtold, Ernst Caramelle, Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Josef Dabernig, Maria Eichhorn, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Morgan Fisher, Andrea Fraser, Rainer Ganahl, Marcus Geiger, Isa Genzken, Andrea Geyer, Bruno Gironcoli, Dan Graham, Ulrike Grossarth, Hans Haacke, Hans Hollein, Sanja Iveković, Mary Kelly, Peter Kogler, Július Koller, Jarosław Kozłowski, Edward Krasiński, Richard Kriesche, Elke Krystufek, Friedl Kubelka, David Lamelas, Bertrand Lavier, Dorit Margreiter, Gordon Matta-Clark, Dora Maurer, Paul McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, Ree Morton, Bruce Nauman, Oswald Oberhuber, Dennis Oppenheim, Anna Oppermann, Walter Pichler, Adrian Piper, Mathias Poledna, Marjetica Potrc, Florian Pumhösl, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Martha Rosler, Gerhard Rühm, Michael Schuster, Allan Sekula, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Martin Walde, Peter Weibel, Lois Weinberger, Franz West, Stephen Willats, Erwin Wurm and Heimo Zobernig.

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