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TIME(LESS) SIGNS – Otto Neurath and Reflections in Austrian Contemporary Art

  • 30 Sep 2014 — 9 Jan 2015

What is the state of art in today’s visual language? Signs, icons and ideograms determine our daily communication; pictographic guidance systems dominate public space. Much of what we understand as visual language originates in Otto Neurath’s Vienna Method of Pictorial Statistics, later known as ISOTYPE (International System of Typographic Picture Education).

This multi-media exhibition, curated by Maria Christine Holter and Christopher Burke, features over 30 contributions from renowned contemporary Austria based artists, whose work is either directly or indirectly inspired by Neurath. The exhibition presents various artistic strategies for using pictograms and pictorial statistics to visualise political, social, global or purely individual agendas. Original works by social economist and Vienna Circle philosopher Neurath (1882 Vienna – 1945 Oxford) will feature alongside contemporary pieces.

Participating artists:

Bernhard Cella, Ilse Chlan, Hazem El Mestikawy, Nikolaus Gansterer, Wilfried Gerstel, Christoph Hinterhuber, Barbara Höller, Christian Hutzinger, Martin Kaltenbrunner et al., Karl-Heinz Klopf, Matthias Klos, Lena Knilli, Clemens Kogler/ Karo Szmit, Richard Kriesche, Gert Linke, open3.at, Bernd Oppl, Olaf Osten, Hermann Josef Painitz, Waltraud Palme, Andrea Ressi, Christian Rupp, Sito Schwarzenberger, Niko Wahl, Michael Wegerer, Peter Weibel, Jun Yang and Anthony Burrill (UK).

For further information about the exhibition and project please visit: www.zeitlose-zeichen.at; www.isotyperevisited.org   

Accompanying Events

Tuesday 14 October, 7pm
The ‘Wiener Methode der Bildstatistik’: (ISOTYPE) – between Art and Design

Thursday 13 November, 7pm
‘Helping to fight Hitler and his gang’ – films by Otto Neurath & Paul Rotha

Wednesday 3 December, 5pm
Curator-led exhibition tour

Wednesday 3 December, 7pm
Neurath Reloaded: Information Design Now

The exhibition is supported by:
Arts Council England, University of Reading, Kuenstlerhaus and Bundeskanzleramt Österreich (BKA)

Olaf Osten, 'TIME(LESS) SIGNS logo', 2012

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