Andrea Fraser, Official Welcome, 2001/2003, Performance, Videostill der Live-Performance in Hamburg, Sammlung Generali Foundation - Dauerleihgabe am Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Andrea Fraser, Soldadera (Scenes from Un Banquete en Tetlapayac, a film by Olivier Debroise), 1998/2001, Zweikanal-Videoinstallation, Courtesy the artist, Foto: © Werner Kaligofsky; Andrea Fraser, Kunst muss hängen, 2001, Performance, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Videoinstallation, Sammlung Generali Foundation - Dauerleihgabe am Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Andrea Fraser

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is the first institution in Austria to present a comprehensive survey of the work of the American artist Andrea Fraser (1965 Billings, Montana, lives in Los Angeles, USA). Her groundbreaking work has sparked some controversial debates and has made Fraser into one of the most influential artists of her generation.

Her challenging approach to art is rooted in critical and feminist theory and the legacy of the first generation of artists engaged in feminism and institutional critique. Based on the theories of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1930–2002), Fraser has been conducting intensive research since the mid-1980s on the social, institutional, economic, and psychological structures and strategies in contemporary fields of art. She has analyzed the motivations of different stakeholders in the cultural scene as well as their interrelationships. In her artistic practice, the artist makes herself available both as a protagonist and as a projection in regard to her sociocultural analyses, taking on different roles in the process. In addition, Fraser’s performances blend humor and pathos with theatrical craft and sophisticated critical analysis. Fraser challenges us to question all of the interests at stake in the contemporary art.

On the basis of about fifty works representing a diverse range of media—graphic, reproductions, photographs, installations, performances, text works, and videos—the exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of her work of the past three decades. It ranges from Four Posters (1984) through celebrated performances such as Museum Highlights (1989), Inaugural Speech (1997), Official Welcome (2001/2003), and her audio installations for the Austrian pavilion at the 45th Biennale di Venezia in 1993, to recent works such as Men on the Line (2012). The exhibition will also feature the European premiere of the performance Not just a few of us (2014), presented on video. Her seminal work May I Help You? will be on display in the three versions completed in 1991, 2005, and 2011. An extensive archive of videos and documentary material related to works such as Damaged Goods Gallery Talk Starts Here (1986), Preliminary Prospectuses (1993), and Services (1994) will mark the beginning of this exhibition.

In conjunction with the exhibition, various Austrian and German educational institutions are holding a series of lectures and seminars about different topics concerning the work of Andrea Fraser.

To accompany the exhibition, a comprehensive catalogue with texts by Sabine Breitwieser, Shannon Jackson, Sven Lütticken, and Andrea Fraser will be published by Hatje Cantz.

Curators
Sabine Breitwieser, Director
Tina Teufel, Curator Contemporary Art
Museum der Moderne Salzburg


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