In progress and without keys to the building it occupies, the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien is a cultural institution where exhibitions take place at multiple sites and times simultaneously: on our website, in archives, on sidewalks, tours, etc. Located in Vienna, the Palais des Beaux Arts was built in 1908 as a home for Atelier Bachwitz, an international publisher for fashion and lifestyle magazines. In 1938, the building and its board underwent Aryanization because of the family’s Jewish heritage, losing several of its members to the Holocaust. ----------In 2014, Bernhard Garnicnig re-initiated the Palais and in 2018, after working with him and discussing competing meanings of occupation in the project, he asked me to become Artistic Director. Throughout this time, I’ve focused on multiplying the narratives that surround the building and its mostly lost family through matter, memory and void. Being Jewish, the work has functioned as an ongoing process of reclamation and a continual reminder of Austria’s painful past.

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