Changing Channels – Art and Television


‘Changing Channels’ is dedicated to the history of artists’ examinations of the mass medium of television.

Beginning with early television works from the 1960s, the exhibition is concerned with tracing the course of artistic reflection and use of this instrument of communication in the museum and public media spaces in more detail. Works will be shown that are paradigmatic in the way they put up for discussion the connection between the conceptual way artists work, new technological developments and the increasing influence of television.

‘Changing Channels’ makes it clear that the newly awakened interest in ‘information’ and communication technology in the art of the 1960s and 1970s continues in the 1980s under different conditions and that this led to a clear expansion of artistic ‘areas of responsibility’ including a questioning of established art institutions as well as clear references to the socio-political function of the mass media.

At MUMOK – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig.
4 March – 6 June 2010, 10:00- 16:00 (Thurs -21:00)
Curator: Matthias Michalka


The Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) is one of the central venues for presenting and communicating modern and contemporary art in an international art and museum context. Striking in its concise outer appearance, encased by grey basalt-lava stone, the cube of the MUMOK is Amidst this new centre of arts and culture, where art history can be examined in its manifold expressions from Modernism to the present, MUMOK constitutes a kind of a focal point, where art history and contemporary art are combined in a permanent dialogue under one roof.

The museum’s collection is displayed on three levels of exhibition space in a series of presentations which change every year. In order to illuminate new aesthetical and content-dependent coherences, the works are shown under the title FOCUS. A separate exhibition space with a temporary cinema – the MUMOK Factory – as well as several exhibition levels are available for special exhibitions and contemporary art with its discoursive practices; the Factory’s view of the present alters at the same time the perception of the past, thereby designating the museum as ‘work in progress’.

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna (map)
P +43-1-525 00
Daily: 10.00 a.m.6.00 p.m.
Thu: 10.00 a.m.9.00 p.m.