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Thomas Houseago
in Public Matters

13 May—1 October 2023
Group exhibition at Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

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Thomas Houseago is featured in the contemporary sculpture project at the Belvedere Gardens, as part of the Public Matters exhibition that explores the role of art in the public sphere.

Art – a public matter? Ever since their opening to the general public in the 1780s, the Belvedere Gardens have been used extensively as places for recreation and communality. The occasion of the 300th anniversary of the completion of the Upper Belvedere is a good opportunity to emphasize that they are clearly also places of art.

From May through September, an extensive contemporary sculpture project complements the Baroque sculpture program at the Belvedere’s three locations. Site-specific as well as existing works by international and local artists will connect all of the museum’s gardens along a path – from the main courtyard of the Lower Belvedere and its Privy Garden to the grand Baroque gardens of the Upper Belvedere and the modernist sculpture garden of the Belvedere 21 – highlighting how the gardens organically grew into an ensemble.

Public Matters follows an expanded concept of sculpture that includes time- and process-oriented approaches. As a critical homage, the show addresses the representation of power in the past and present as well as its transformation over time. In particular, the focus is on aspects of the public and the public sphere that emerge with and through art. The project is accompanied by a comprehensive publication featuring essays and texts on the works on display.