On the Challenges of Failure

25 May 2023 to 24 September 2023

MUSA Startgalerie
1010 Vienna, Felderstraße 6–8
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The exhibition circles around the themes of dabbling, failing, and apologizing. The centerpiece of the show is the video installation „and i’m sorry for whatever i did“ by artists Julia Niemann and Leonie Seibold. Fragments from films, music videos and politicians' speeches offer an insight into the "cultural technique" of male apologies: Often these seem only half-baked and are simply meant to end a discussion. Around this nucleus of the failed apology, other works of art - historical and contemporary positions, for the most part from the Wien Museum's collection - are arranged.

Failure is understood to mean when a set goal is not achieved by an action. Failure is frowned upon in a success-oriented society. Yet we need to fail in order to (mis)learn, to change the process and to start again. For in the best case, failure also implies a nevertheless.

The approach of the dilettantes is contrary to this: the goal of their doing is the doing itself. Thus they cannot fail at all. In the early days, "dabbling" meant turning to a valued artistic pursuit. Derived from the Italian "dilettare", to enjoy, there is a fearless lightness and humor inherent in the action, which we want to celebrate in this form: AVANTI DILETTANTI!

Curators: Daniela Hahn & Andrea Lehsiak (The D0D0-Project)

Artists of the exhibited works: Walter Berger, Razvan Botis,Thomas Geiger, Sofia Goscinski, Julia Niemann und Leonie Seibold, Margot Pilz, Alfred Rottensteiner, Linus Riepler, Curt Stenvert, Sebastian von Wahl

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Main Sponsor of the Wien Museum

Wiener Stadtwerke