Cindy Sherman Untitled #93, 1981 Chromogener Farbabzug 24 x 48 in. | 61 x 121,9 cm Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo, Norway Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
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Kunstforum Wien explores ‘The Cindy Sherman Effect’

As our ‘Art Guide to Vienna’ conveniently lists for us art lovers out there, Kunstforum Wien is one of the cultural institutions that are not to be missed when visiting the Austrian capital.

As a forward-thinking space dedicated to contemporary art – they consider themselves not a simple collection but rather an open forum – Kunstforum Wien attaches great importance to presenting art via innovative exhibition formats.

Starting from the end of January through the end of June 2020, Kunstforum Wien juxtaposes their refreshing approach with the work of one of the most provocative and influential artists in contemporary art: Cindy Sherman.  

The American artist’s work relentlessly explores the construction of identity and representation. The exhibition ‘Identity and Transformation in Contemporary Art’ goes right to the heart of the matter by highlighting the fundamental questions that traverse Sherman’s oeuvre.

In a world sharply changed by globalization, technological innovations and genetic modifications and cloning, Sherman has been asking cutting questions. She deconstructs portraiture, cultural, sexual and genre stereotypes – all the while building myriad fictional identities.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #474, 2008. ©2011 CINDY SHERMAN/MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, ACQUIRED THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF AN ANONYMOUS DONOR, MICHAEL LYNNE, CHARLES HEILBRONN, AND THE CAROL AND DAVID APPEL FAMILY FUND

This exhibition does not isolate Sherman’s body of work, but contextualizes it with regards to the work of her contemporaries. From her first performances in the 1970’s to her seminal series ‘Untitled Film Stills’, Sherman’s work has been a stylistic reference of grand stature. Her camera was and remains a mirror for society, and a stage setting of her many selves.

Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #48, 1979 Silbergelatineabzug 28 x 37 5/8 in. | 71 x 95,5 cm Tate: Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996 Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #58, 1980 Silbergelatineabzug 26 5/8 x 39 5/8 in. | 67,5 x 100,5 cm KUNSTMUSEUM WOLFSBURG Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman Untitled #93, 1981 Chromogener Farbabzug 24 x 48 in. | 61 x 121,9 cm Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo, Norway Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #2, 1977 Silbergelatineabzug  37 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. | 95,5 x 70 cm KUNSTMUSEUM WOLFSBURG Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York Cindy Sherman Untitled #112, 1982 Chromogener Farbabzug 45 1/4 x 30 in. | 114,9 x 76 cm Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Head to the Kunstforum Wien’s Museumsquartier and Karlsplatz locations to take in Cindy Sherman’s art as well as the work of other noteworthy national and international contemporary artists.

For when you artful self arrives in culture capital Vienna, there is no better place to drop your case and pick up your guidebook than in treasure trove of all things art + design, Hotel Altstadt Vienna. An eccentric bohemian in the “SoHo” of Vienna’s 7th district and just on the edge of the MuseumsQuarter, this design den of gallery-esque surroundings offers true Viennese cultural soul, with each room designed by a different patron, including room 67 by Lilli Hollein, director of internationally renowned Vienna Design Week.

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