Archive: Images in Language and the Language of Images
7.10.2017 to 23.8.2018
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
Rabanus Maurus. De laudibus sanctae crucis, 1605
Courtesy of the Austrian National Library, Vienna
Rabanus Maurus. De laudibus sanctae crucis, 1605
Courtesy of the Austrian National Library, Vienna
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
Siggi Hofer 
Gott, 2009
Dom Museum Wien, Otto Mauer Contemporary
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein, Lisa Rastl
Siggi Hofer
Gott, 2009
Dom Museum Wien, Otto Mauer Contemporary
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein, Lisa Rastl
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
The Master of Lichtenstein Palace
Twelve year-old Jesus in the temple, around 1445/1450
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
The Master of Lichtenstein Palace
Twelve year-old Jesus in the temple, around 1445/1450
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
Shirin Neshat 
Identified, 1995
Courtesy
 of LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz
Shirin Neshat
Identified, 1995
Courtesy
of LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
Birgit Jürgenssen 
Everybody has his own point of view (1979)
Courtesy of MUSA, Vienna (The Art Collection of the City of Vienna)
Birgit Jürgenssen
Everybody has his own point of view (1979)
Courtesy of MUSA, Vienna (The Art Collection of the City of Vienna)
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein
Exhibition view, ”Images in Language and the Language of Images”.
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein

Baptismal Bowl with Pelican Motif and Circular Inscriptions, early 16th century
Dom Museum Wien, on loan from the Parish of Merkersdorf, Lower Austria
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein, Lisa Rastl

Baptismal Bowl with Pelican Motif and Circular Inscriptions, early 16th century
Dom Museum Wien, on loan from the Parish of Merkersdorf, Lower Austria
Photo: Lena Deinhardstein, Lisa Rastl
Images in Language and the Language of Images

through August 23. 2018
What do a medieval epitaph, a picture-poem by Günter Brus and VALIE EXPORT's video poem "Visual Text: Finger Poem" have in common? It is the combination of words and images, which has been used as a means of existential expression since the beginning of time. 

"Images in Language and the Language of Images“ focuses on the wide field of word-image art from the Middle Ages until today. During the Middle Ages, words and images were used to convey religious ideas and complex theological thought, while Modernity uses letters as visual signs in and of themselves: they become images. They were used in a similar way, when images were deemed inappropriate, as in the religious art of Islam, Judaism, or during the early European Middle Ages.

The exhibition spans serial works featuring words and images by Blake, Kubin, Brus, as well as Gothic evangeliaries to words as images: In the 9th century, Hrabanus Maurus used letters and images for complex theological concepts, while a thousand years later, Alighiero Boetti turns letters into images – exposing an entirely new layer. Otto Mauer Prize recipients Siggi Hofer and Kamen Stoyanov work with script in space, as does Josef Bauer with his poetic word sculptures, while Jaume Plensa, Timm Ulrichs, and Birgit Jürgenssen deal with concepts of script and body. The medieval objects present a balanced relationship, as they feature their respective donors’ inscriptions as well as additional information as to their contents. By way of contrast, Goya and Hogarth provide biting commentary in their engravings while contemporary artists such as Johanna Kandl or Muntean/Rosenblum supplement their paintings with text.
 
The objects in this exhibition – international loans and works from the museum’s own collections – are wonderful examples showing that words and images aren’t opposites, but have complemented each other for millennia in the struggle for existential expression.
Images in Language and 
the Language of Images
 

Catalogue published on the occasion of the inaugural exhibition at Dom Museum Wien
Johanna Schwanberg, ed.
Dom Museum Wien 2017
ISBN: 978-3-200-05307-6
Published in German and English
Available for purchase in the museum shop.

When does an image become an image, and a text a text? What do these two media have in common, and what separates them? What functions do words and images in cultural history, where central questions dealing with art, religion and society are concerned? 

The catalogue documenting the first special exhibition in the newly reopened Dom Museum Wien covers the relationship of words and images in 5 thematic segments. 

Exhibition views document the  fascinating dialogue between loans from international museums and collections, avant-garde objects from the Otto Mauer Collection, works by recent Otto-Mauer-Prize winners, as well as recent acquisitions, endowments and artistic interventions.
[an_dacht] WIEN

Ein Literaturprojekt im Rahmen
der Eröffnungsausstellung
des Dom Museum Wien

Hrsg. von Horst Konietzny und
Dom Museum Wien
Dom Museum Wien 2017
ISBN 978-3-200-05176-8
In deutscher Sprache.
Der Band ist im Museumsshop erhältlich.

Horst Konietznys Buchprojektidee
zu subjektiven Andachtsorten in Wien widmet sich einem Thema, das religionenübergreifend ein zentrales
Moment des Glaubens umreißt: das
Thema innerer Sammlung. Für [ an_
dacht ] WIEN wurden AutorInnen unterschiedlichster Felder eingeladen, einen Ort in Wien vorzustellen, der sie – jenseits religiöser Festlegungen – zum Innehalten und Nachdenken
bewegt. [ an_dacht ] WIEN ist
gleichermaßen Buch wie Raumskulptur.

Mit Beiträgen von Friederike Mayröcker, Günter Brus, Bodo Hell, Danielle Spera, Gustav Schörghofer, u.v.a.
Images in Language and the Language of Images

7.10.2017 to 23.8.2018
Press images and materials (in German) are available for download (~ 50MB)
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