The Two Halves of Martha Wilson´s Brain

Martha Wilson – The Pioneer of Performance Art is in Vienna!

The Kunstraum Niederoesterreich presents a unique showcase of the extensive creative work by Martha Wilson. The exhibition The Two Halves of Martha Wilson’s Brain explores two important sides of this vivacious artist personality and performance pioneer: It features a selection of Wilson’s own works since the 1970s, comprising subversive and original interventions into art and politics. The other key field of Wilson’s activities is Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., which she founded in 1976. Franklin Furnace provided an experimental space for the then marginalised New York art and performance scene, where she collected and exhibited artist’s books and works by emerging artist colleagues. Today Franklin Furnace ranks amongst the most important reference points in the history of American performance art. The exhibition about Franklin Furnace Archive, which was already on display at different stations in the USA, will now be shown in Europe for the first time. Hence, the Kunstraum offers its local audience a unique opportunity to see and experience Martha Wilson’s two inextricably linked “brain-halves” at the same time. Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein is the curator of The Two Halves of Martha Wilson’s Brain and has made the exhibition possible at the Kunstraum. Together with Dorit Margreiter, who developed the exhibition concept, Thun-Hohenstein has consolidated focused insights into Martha Wilson’s activities as an artist, archivist, curator, and publisher.


Picture: Martha Wilson, Beauty is in the eye, 2014. Photo by Michael Katchen, makeup by Melissa Roth


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