This exhibition documents Wright's unapologetic enthusiasm, juxtaposing
photographs, models, and prototypes of his buildings and furniture with pieces from his personal collection.
With this ambitious multimedia show, curators Sabine Breitwieser and Heidi Grundmann focus on work from the late '60s to the early '80s, juxtaposing
Austrian artists (Ernst Caramelle, Valie Export, Friederike Pezold, and Peter Weibel) with their internationally better-known counterparts (Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Shigeko Kubota, and Joan Jonas).
Sans envisions the west wing as "a space of experimentation rather than consecration." While the program is not yet public, he indicates that the vast quarters will permit a staggered calendar of events, juxtaposing
visual arts, music, fashion, film, design, architecture, and literature.
The similarities were highlighted in the elegant catalogue: Inside the front and back covers are pages juxtaposing
and revealing the eerie transhistorical likenesses between Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and nineteenth-century singer and actor Jean-Francois-Philibert Berthelier, among others.
Other collage imagery includes the usual pyramids, crumbling ruins, all-seeing eyes, ornate flora and fauna, insects, etc., creating a mannered clash of realities by juxtaposing
various hallucinatorily detailed brocades (as in Secret Garden, 1996).
The Cindy Shermans hang above the sculpture court to stunning and witty effect, juxtaposing
her elusive art-historical references to the more literal ones of the casts of antique sculptures below.
For a while, there was even a corresponding tension between the remnants of his talent for choosing and juxtaposing
images, and the courtly manner in which he rendered them.
It's that his way of juxtaposing
cultural fragments maintains more a sense of their separateness than of an imaginative crossing or displacement of the borders between them.
materials of the most contrasting sensuous qualities, his handsome constructions still display a painter's fondness for the visual properties of his materials.