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Bas Jan Ader


How To Live Together 


How To Live Together explores the conditions and prospects of living together in terms of individual and social dimensions. Key factors of this survey exhibition not only include dynamics and shifts at the political and economic level, but also changing social relations. The works of more than thirty international artists from different generations are based on personal experience and, at the same time, point to changing relations between the private and the political, between stagnant and accelerating contemporary circumstances, reality and utopian ideals. The diverse models of living together presented, reveal how society is more than just the sum of its individuals.

From August Sander’s portraits of society to Tina Barney’s depictions of social elites to Cana Bilir-Meier’s cinematic exploration of the forgotten stories of migrant workers, How To Live Together shows that the stranger, the other, is something people are made into. Universal human feelings including love, fear, faith, and longing for peace, are addressed by Goshka Macuga’s android, which launches an appeal to humanity while simultaneously calling for traditional role models to be overcome. Inspired by the debate on Brexit, Wolfgang Tillmans’ campaign marks a counter-movement: involvement in civil society – based on solidarity and on what interconnects us – gains heightened importance.

The Kunsthalle Wien will launch How To Live Together with a series of opening events: from Wednesday, May 24, through Sunday, May 28, there will be a discussion with Chris Dercon (appointed director of the Berliner Volksbühne), a theatre evening presenting badluck aleppo, talks with artists featured in the exhibition, an extensive program for children on the topic of How To Live Together, and the Community College opens its doors.

Artists: Bas Jan Ader, Kader Attia, Sven Augustijnen, Tina Barney, Cana Bilir-Meier, Ayzit Bostan, Mohamed Bourouissa, Kasper De Vos, Ieva Epnere, Aslan Gaisumov, Gelitin, Liam Gillick, Paul Graham, Johan Grimonprez, Binelde Hyrcan, Leon Kahane, Herlinde Koelbl, Armin Linke, Goshka Macuga, Taus Makhacheva, Pedro Moraes, Sarah Morris, Adam Pendleton, Yvonne Rainer, Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij, Willem de Rooij, August Sander, Ritu Sarin / Tenzing Sonam, Augustas Serapinas, Jeremy Shaw, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel

Exhibition architecture: Studio Miessen

Curator: Nicolaus Schafhausen
Curatorial assistance: Juliane Bischoff