VALIE EXPORT Fama Et Infamia
FAMA ET INFAMIA. The Infamy of the Nameless is an exhibition of significant artworks of one of Austria´s most important contemporary female artists: VALIE EXPORT.
Feminist artwork from the 1960s and 70s is experiencing a phase of renewed international relevance, and VALIE EXPORT’s media and performance art counts among the most radical European positions of that time.
This exhibition marks the first time the artist has exhibited alongside a historical collection. Her works engage in conversation with Archduke Ferdinand II’s (1529-1595) Ambras collection, offering another view of its objects and exhibition history, wherein the FAMA—the history of illustrious and victorious personages—encounter the INFAMIA—history’s insubordinate, marginalized, and oppressed individuals. This furthermore creates a stimulating and surprising convergence of the male principal of dominance with the female principal of submission in gestures of empathetic humanity and rebellion, set in the present and in the past.