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fig.: Kiki Kogelnik 'Kunst kommt von künstlich', Intervention, Wien, 1967. Size: 1,772 x 1,369 px. Kiki Kogelnik Foundation, Wien/New York. Photo provided by Forum Frohner, Kunsthalle Krems on occasion of the exhibition 'Female Actionists' from 18 May until 24 August 2014 in Austria.

Q: What's the motto of female actionists?

A: Intervention!

An image showing artist Kiki Kogelnik during an urban intervention with her 'Hangings' (inspired by the garment district in New York) in Vienna will be part of the exhibition 'Female Actionists' from 18 May until 24 August 2014 at Forum Frohner, Kunsthalle Krems in Lower Austria.

Austrian born (1935, died 1997) painter, screen print maker, sculptor Kiki Kogelnik lived many years in New York and produced her artworks under the hypothesis that 20th century reality is artificial. The 'Hangings' are life-size vinyl-copies of her friends. In exhibitions, the artist presented the cut-outs on clothing racks such as she saw in New York. Kiki Kogelnik was known for her stylish appearance. Many of her images make think of fashion illustrations and mediate the 'chic' of her times. She designed alongside to her pop-art paintings ceramics which belong today already to the classics of modern-art home accessories, especially to mention here the Murano glass vases 'Venetian Heads'.

Forum Frohner introduces with following words into the exhibition 'Female Actionists': "...art actions were mainly used to make and convey socio-political statements. Other subjects include women's everyday symbolism, where the questioning of identity was done with a fine edge and subtle sense of humor."


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