26 September 2008 – 18 January 2009

KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR

Matt Mullican, From the Series Stick Figures, 1974Marina Abramovic/Ulay, Breathing In - Breathin Out (Belgrade), 1978Kimsooja, A Needle Woman, Kitakyushu, 1999Exhibition view, Johanniterkirche Feldkirch, 2008
The exhibition for spirit and matter, body and consciousness

How does liveliness arise?
How do we grasp reality today?
How do we distinguish between the “I” and the world?

In the 19th century, the image the natural sciences had of the world was defined by materialism, according to which everything consisted of substance, or mass-based material. In this view, man was a selfcontained entity, an autonomous self who by means of his intellect looked out on the world as something external, something separated from him. The insights gained by the natural sciences, not to mention neurobiology and psychology, since the beginning of the 20th century, have given rise to a completely new view of the world. Materialism and the world of objectifications have been replaced by oscillating quanta, by an immaterial view of the world as inseparable from us. Matter is essentially no longer matter.

The dual experience of world, of subject and object, intellect and matter, whose characteristics were also influenced by ‘separating’ matter, is being cast into question. According to Joseph Beuys the key contribution that materialism as still prevails today made as to move from the collective to the freedom of the individual. However, the danger is in isolating the individual person from the positive antipode, the social community that has still to be created.

The exhibition “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” explores contemporary artistic representations of body/soul, body/mind, matter/consciousness. It shows how, since the 1960s, artists have intensely focused on corporeality, on the border between the “I” and the world, between the individual and the social, and have investigated how our realities are structured. On show are works by Marina Abramovic/Ulay, Absalon, Samuel Beckett, Joseph Beuys, Andrea Fraser, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Graham, Kimsooja, Korpys/Löffler, Thomas Lehnerer, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Kristine Oßwald, and Gina Pane.

The exhibition has been organized by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll.
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Marina Abramovic/Ulay, Breathing In - Breathin Out (Belgrade), 1978
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Kimsooja, A Needle Woman, Kitakyushu, 1999
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Exhibition view, Johanniterkirche Feldkirch, 2008
Opening
 Thursday, 25 September 2008, 18 h  
Guided tour
 Thursday, 2 October 2008, 18 h with Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator 
 Sunday, 2 November 2008, 11 h with Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator 
 Thursday, 8 January 2009, 18 h with Christina Jacoby 
Supporting events:
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 Thursday, 16 October 2008, 18:30 h   Special Event

Opening "Matt Mullican - Shooting Inside"

at the Johanniterkirche, Feldkirch

 Tuesday, 21 October 2008, 17 – 19 h   Schools and Museum

Introduction for teachers

Knockin'on Heaven's Door
with Christina Jacoby

 Saturday, 25 October 2008, 11 h   Special Event

Guided tour "Matt Mullican"

at the Johanniterkirche, Feldkirch

 Wednesday, 5 November 2008, 15 – 17 h   Schools and Museum

Introduction for teachers

Knockin'on Heaven's Door
with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 6 November 2008, 18 h   Film

Artist Portraits

to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

 Saturday, 8 November 2008, 14 h   Art Talk

Schüler/innen sprechen über Kunst

ein Projekt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Liechtensteinischen Gymnasium

 Thursday, 13 November 2008, 18 h   Workshop

Denken und Handeln im Bild

with Kristine Oßwald, artist

 Saturday, 15 November 2008, 14 h   Art Talk

Schüler/innen sprechen über Kunst

ein Projekt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Liechtensteinischen Gymnasium

 Sunday, 16 November 2008, 14 – 16 h   Families

Family Sunday

to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", with Tonia Weibel

 Thursday, 20 November 2008, 18 h   In cooperation with St. Arbogast

Kontinuität und Manifestation – Buddhistische Vorstellungen von Körper und Bewusstsein

with Helmut Gassner, Head Letzehof, Feldkirch, in a discussion with Josef Kittinger and Christiane Meyer-Stoll

 Friday, 21 November 2008, 17 h   Special Event

Guided tour "Matt Mullican"

at the Johanniterkirche, Feldkirch

 Saturday, 22 November 2008, 11 h   Special Event

Guided tour "Matt Mullican"

at the Johanniterkirche, Feldkirch

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 Monday, 24 November 2008, 18 h   In cooperation with the Art Society

Was hält die Welt im Innersten zusammen?

Vortrag mit Hans-Peter Dürr, Quantenphysiker, Mitglied des Club of Rome und Träger des alternativen Nobelpreises

 Saturday, 29 November 2008, 09:30 – 12:30 h   In cooperation with the "Erwachsenenbildung Stein Egerta"

Sehender Körper–Konzentrierte Werkbetrachtung und Qigong Yangsheng

Samstags-Workshop mit Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Konservatorin am Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, und Hanni Schierscher, Lehrerin für Qigong Yangsheng

 Thursday, 4 December 2008, 18 h   In cooperation with the Art Society

Bewusstsein und Materie in der zeitgenössischen Kunst

philosophical discussion with Eva Schiffer, philosopher

 Thursday, 18 December 2008, 18 h   Film

Artist Portraits

to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

 Sunday, 18 January 2009, 14 – 16 h   Families

Family Sunday

to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", with Tonia Weibel (fully booked)