The Dignity of Man

Date:31. Mar – 11. Nov 2014
MUSA, Vienna, Austria
Artgallery of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
House of Arts Brno, Brno, Czech Republic

… into your hands is given.
Keep and preserve it!
With you it sinks, with you it will arise.
(The Artists, Friedrich von Schiller)

In 2014 Europe commemorates a number of significant historical events: a century has passed since the outbreak of World War I; 100 years ago Europe mourned the death of Bertha von Suttner, the first woman ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize; World War II broke out 75 years ago, and 25 years ago the Berlin Wall finally fell. The generation of witnesses, victims and perpetrators is disappearing, and one day there will be no one left who can (or could) tell the story of the war years in Europe, when human dignity was closer to faltering than ever before. Today the idea of a war raging across Europe seems utterly unrealistic to most of the continent’s population.
But is it, in fact? What are the everyday signs indicating a loss of human dignity? Which strategies can we use to protect dignity, a central humanitarian principle, from being instrumentalised and commercialised?
A joint exhibition project by the cities of Vienna, Sarajevo and Brno tales an artistic approach to the undermining and dismantling of the very framework conditions considered indispensable for “dignity” in connection with human life forms.

Curatated by Maja Abdomerović, Berthold Ecker, Roland Fink, Terezie Petišková, Jana Vránová
Artists: Gordana Anđelić-Galić, Jiři Anderle, Maja Bajevič, Tanja Boukal, Nin Brudermann, Margarete Cech-Munteanu, David Černy, Vendula Chalánková, Christian Eisenberger, Manfred Erjautz, Matthias Herrmann, Lore Heuermann, Dagmar Hochová, Jochen Höller, Barbara Holub, Alfred Hrdlicka, Anna Jermolaewa, Dejan Kaludjerović, Johanna Kandl, Erfan Khalifa, Armin Klein, Marius Kotrba, Eva Koťátková, Antonín Kratochvil, Olga Alia Krulišova, Marc Mer, Michail Michailov, Mladen Miljanović, Barbara Musil, Anna Musilová, Gregor Neuerer, Damir Nikšić, Eva Nováková, Edin Numankadić, Drago Persić, Jiři Petrbok, Gruppe Podebal, Lisl Ponger, Arnold Reinthaler, Oliver Ressler, Gue Schmidt, Deborah Sengl, Milomir Kovačević Strašni, Tsolak Topchyan, Borjana Ventzislavova, Corina Vetsch, Christian Wachter und Peter Weibel.

Vienna: March 31st, 2014 - May 31st, 2014 at MUSA - Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien
Sarajevo: June 28th, 2014 -  August 2nd, 2014 at Kunstgalerie Bosniens und Herzegovinas
Brno: September 23rd, 2014 - November 11th, 2014 at Haus der Kunst Brünn