Street Art at the Construction Site

9 June 2022 to 2 October 2022

Under the heading Karlsplatz Open Air the construction fence at the Wien Museum will, once again, become a canvas for street art during the summer. With its multiple possible uses, today’s Karlsplatz is the inspiration for the artists’ often site-specific art. People stop for a snack on Karlsplatz, they stroll there, they skateboard there. Along with events and festivals, cultural interventions and demonstrations also take place, ranging from demonstrations against Covid measures to the Fridays for Future demonstrations. Just last year, “party zone during lockdown” was added to the square’s list of uses, but was controversially banned.

Urban Cultures 
If the focus of the Urban Natures construction fence exhibition in 2021 was on the interface between buildings and greenery, the theme in 2022 is public space and its users. “Public” is usually defined as a place where different people, cultures, and needs meet, not always smoothly. It’s a place for encounter, discourse, participation. It’s also the idea of accessibility to all under the same conditions.

But does this ideal correspond to reality? And just who is actually meant by “everyone”? Who is present and welcome in public space? Who helps to shape it? Whose needs and voices are brought into focus in a process that also displaces others in the desire for a more conflict-free ambience? These are questions that are closely linked to the original protest culture of graffiti and street art. After all, it is precisely these artists who claim spaces for themselves and question existing power and ownership structures concerning public participation and communication.

With works by: 
David Leitner, Perk_up and Feminist Killjoy 
Curator: Karina Karadensky 
Graphic design: solo ohne – Studio für Gestaltung 
Project Development Support: Christine Koblitz

Wienerwand/Vienna Wall

In addition to the space used by invited artists, a Wienerwand/Vienna Wall will be
located in the area in front of the museum's main entrance -- an officially recognized site for graffiti that can be legally painted and sprayed at any time.


Part 1: June 9, 2022 to July 31, 2022: David Leitner and Perk_up 

Born in Graz in 1992, David Leitner works as a visual artist in Vienna. He creates his often color reduced works both on canvas and on large-surface walls, taking personal stories, cultural diversity, and socially relevant issues and concerns as his inspiration. 

In his 100% Trash exhibition, Leitner dedicated himself to the topic of consumption and its associated ecological aspects. As part of his final project Würmla’s Walls (Würmlas Wände) for the University of Applied Arts in 2019, he brought urban street art to a small rural community in the district of Tulln. Together with Katharina C. Herzog, he tells the stories of the community’s everyday life on silos, barn walls, and cellars. 

For more than 15 years, Perk_up’s multifaceted, technically sophisticated works have left their mark on the cityscape, evoking surprise time and again with works that cannot be reduced to a repetitive gesture. Besides graffiti lettering, Perk_up combines landscapes or still-lifes recalling paintings with small-scale graphic representations and subjects that appear to have been taken from computer games or comic books. He often collaborates in urban spaces with artists such as Ruin, Skirl or Friend. 
Born in 1989 in Graz, Perk_up studied painting and animated film at the University of Applied Arts. He works in Vienna as a freelance artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and street artist. 


Part 2: August 11, 2022 to October 2, 2022: Feminist Killjoy  

Feminist Killjoy Vienna has been a presence in Vienna’s urban space since 2018 as a collective of feminist street artists and activists. Using public space for politically motivated messages with a particular emphasis on feminism, they aspire to create a space for co-creation, especially for LBGTQ+ people.

In Urban Cultures, the artists turn the spotlight on the topic of femicide and its associated protests and discourses. As a means of involving committed initiatives and groups, parts of the wall design were developed together with the feminist alliance Claim the Space, which calls for demonstrations on Karlsplatz after every femicide, and with artists from the Futuneras association.

Street Art at the Construction Site - Information

Press comments

Doch was haben Femizide – also die Morde an Frauen durch Männer aufgrund ihres Geschlechts – und der öffentliche Raum miteinander zu tun? Sehr viel, wie das Kollektiv erklärt: „Wir finden, dass Gewalt gegen Frauen und in ihrer tödlich zugespitzten Form auch Femizide keine private Sache sind oder in der Privatsphäre verharren sollen, sondern dass sie Gegenstand öffentlicher Debatten sein müssen.“ 
Wiener Bezirkszeitung

Nach dem Doppelmord in Mariahilf ist der Täter nach wie vor auf der Flucht. Eine Frau und ihre 14-jährige Tochter sind ja tot in einer Wohnung gefunden worden. Umgebracht möglicherweise vom Lebensgefährten der Frau. Die Zahl der Femizide in Österreich liegt heuer schon bei 23. Ein neues Kunstwerk am Bauzaun des Wien Museums will auf das Problem aufmerksam machen.
ORF Wien

Unterstützt wurden die Mitglieder des Kollektivs von zwei weiteren feministischen Projekten, welche die Wand mitgestaltet haben. So stammen die Porträtbilder an der Ecke von dem lateinamerikanischen Kollektiv „Futuñeras“. Die Initiative „Claim the Space“, die nach jedem Femizid in Österreich eine Demonstration am Karlsplatz veranstaltet, hat sich am Hintergrundbild beteiligt.
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