***last edited 24 03 2021
Löwengasse 47a / Vienna, AT
Links / Docs
Brock Talk 2023 ( Youtube > PDF ) / Yearly 2022 > PDF
Palais des Beaux Arts Wien is a nonprofit, museum-like entity that serves as a mobile place of remembrance and projection for what was lost during National Socialism.
In progress and without keys to the building it occupies, the Palais 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 way to explore what that identity means in contemporary Austria..