Open: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Brucknerstrasse 4, 1040, Vienna, Austria
Open: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm



Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna

Thu 19 Jan 2023 to Sat 18 Feb 2023

Brucknerstrasse 4, 1040 Weltgeist

Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Curated by Bjorn Stern for Galerie Kandlhofer, the exhibition “Weltgeist” aims to explore the power of humanism and how it has equipped itself through history to fathom the enormity of not knowing the fundamentals of its own existence, which has caused ideologies, governmental systems, religiosity and other belief systems to function in its ersatz.

Installation Views

Stern has included seven international artists whose respective practices illuminate the subject. Janine Antoni - USA, Reza Aramesh - IRAN/U.K., Arvida Byström - SWEDEN, Alejandro Jodorowsky - CHILE/FRANCE, Hermann Nitsch, AUSTRIA, John Robinson, U.K., and Penny Slinger - USA.

The exhibition is loosely based on the principles of Hegel’s views on the Weltgeist (World spirit), not as an actual object or an all-encompassing, all-present God figure, but as a secular means to better understand and to philosophise about history.

Bjorn Stern has long been fascinated about the idea of connectedness that appear between humans that at times reside outside of language, which may be akin to a spiritual experience. In Stern’s view it is the connectedness in itself that provide this elevated state of humanity rather than the classic subscription to “the other”, which can predictably be found in religiosity, mysticism and the occult or more recent methodologies towards an exalted state such as conventional drug consumption.

Stern is a London based art dealer and collector, who has curated a number of thematic exhibitions in the past three decades on subjects as varied as the history of dreams in art through five millennia, the art of the first Italian republic, how artists respond to the history of competitive sports and in the late 90’s Stern curated the “In-Significant’s” exhibition in Malmoe, Sweden, which predicted post-internet art by over a decade. More recently he has taken an interest in the digital abject in art and its’ effect on real life situations.

Installation view, Weltgeist, curated by Bjorn Stern. Photo: Manuel Carreon Lopez

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