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Adrian Piper, FF Alumn, retrospective exhibit, Vienna, Austria, thru August 18, 2002.

Adrian Piper
Since 1965
thru August 18, 2002

Generali Foundation
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 15
1040 Vienna, Austria
Phone (+43 1) 504 98 80
Fax (+43 1) 504 98 83
found.office@generali.at

This exhibition will be the first major retrospective of Adrian Piper's important oeuvre to be presented in Austria: in fact, the largest ever to be shown in Europe. A broad spectrum of her works will be displayed, ranging from paintings and early conceptual works of the sixties and the performances of the seventies to recent works. Even as a relatively young artist, Adrian Piper, born in 1948 in Harlem/New York, USA, already had an impressive career as a conceptual artist. At the start of the seventies, performances in public began to take over from austere, text-based works appearing in publications.

Since the eighties, Adrian Piper has been known for her interrogations of themes such as racism, xenophobia, and the nature of the self. Her works-photo/text collages, drawings, performances and (video) installations-are conceived as an act of political communication. The artist wants to provoke viewers into reacting directly to their own often deeply rooted impulses and answers regarding these topics. Because Piper is also an academically trained philosopher, she avoids using an elitist "artistic language." A series of early conceptual works and audio pieces produced by the artist in the sixties will be presented here for the first time in Europe.

An extensive publication will be accompanying the exhibition. This book, the first German-language publication about Adrian Piper, will deal with both aspects of this artist, author and philosopher: her artistic work and her writings on art and art criticism. Further European exhibitions are planned following this presentation at the Generali Foundation.

For further information please go to: http://foundation.generali.at/index_e.htm

Curator: Sabine Breitwieser
Curatorial Assistance, Exhibition Production: Nadja Wiesener
With the kind support of Das Triest
Guided tours every Saturday 4 pm and by appointment
Program for schools and groups: (+43 1) 504 98 80 ext. 16
Exhibition hours Tuesday to Sunday, public holidays 11 am to 6 pm, Thursdays, till 8 pm
Press office: Ines Juen-Ziermann (+43 1) 504 98 80 ext 24, found.presse@generali.at
Artistic and Managing Director: Sabine Breitwieser

The Generali Foundation is the art association of the Generali Group based in Vienna; its purpose is the support and promotion of contemporary art. Members are the Generali Holding Vienna AG, the Generali Versicherung AG, Generali Rückversicherung AG, the Interunfall Versicherung AG and the Generali Vermögens-und Immobilienverwaltungs- AG. 3/2002.