Hans Haacke, <i>Am Eisernen Tor</i>, Reconstructed Obelisk, 1988, Graz, 1988, from <i>Und Ihr habt doch gesiegt</i>, Color photography, dry-mounted on aluminium, © Bildrecht, Wien 2018; Marcus Geiger, <i>Modell der Mütze</i>, 1994, model, © Generali Foundation, Photo: Werner Kaligofsky; Dan Graham, <i>Model for Star of David Pavilion</i>, 1989, Architecture model, © Generali Foundation, Photo: Franz Schachinger; All: Generali Foundation Collection - Permanent Loan at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Generali Foundation: 30 Years

In Dialog with 1918 1938 1968

The Generali Foundation was established in 1988. On occasion of its thirtieth anniversary, the ninth exhibition of art from the collections undertakes a dialogical engagement with three historical turning points we commemorate in 2018. How do works of art reflect on the events of 1918, 1938, and 1968? The exhibition is organized around thematic foci of the collection of the Generali Foundation, which has long sought to nurture the work of artists who articulate critical perspectives on society and address historical and contemporary political issues.

After the end of World War I, November 1918 brings the proclamation of the Republic of Austria. In 1938, the country is annexed by Hitler’s Germany in the so-called Anschluss. Thirty years later, the protesters of 1968 take to the streets; among their demands are an end to the Vietnam War, equal rights for women, and sexual freedom. Radical social changes ensue in Austria as elsewhere, and the art of the time reflects this transformation. The exhibition presents works from the holdings of the Generali Foundation that respond to these events together with newly acquired art and rediscovered treasures from the museum’s other collections.

Curators: Sabine Breitwieser, Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, and Antonia Lotz, Generali Foundation Collection Curator

Presented by Generali Foundation


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