and the editions
Artissima Torino
04.11.2021 – opening, by invitation only
05.11.2021 – 07.11.2021

The Archive of museum in progress

Booth Gray Nr. 5

and the editions will present at Artissima a selection of newspaper-multiples, billboards and editions, which were published by „museum in progress“ over the last 30 years.

With the aim to connect contemporary art with every-day life, the unique art initiative „museum in progress“  organises exhibitions not in common exhibition spaces. All projects take place in media such as newspapers and magazines, or in public space on the facades of buildings, on billboards and in concert halls.

The presentation at Artissima was conceived in close collaboration with „museum in progress“ and is a rare opportunity to get some of the otherwise very hard to find copies of newspapers, magazines and billboards, in which the artistic projects were realized.
All of the presented works come directly out of the archive of „museum in progress“ and the majority of the proceeds will be used to keep on with the museum’s projects and its mission to bring art and life together.

The role of „museum in progress“ in art history was recognised early on by museums like the MoMA in New York, mumok Vienna or Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, which already included its works in their collections.

You can find on this page a selection of the works on view at Artissima Torino, but please do not hesitate to email Anna Ebner-Quadri / for a complete list of works. We look forward to welcome you in Torino. 

Rosemarie Trockel, Vital Use, 11.07.1995, Offset-Print / Newspaper Multiples, 31 x 46 cm, unlimited, € 189,- (incl. VAT)
Yoko Ono & John Lennon, Vital Use, 13.09.1995, 1969/1995, Offset-Print / Newspaper Multiples, 31 x 46 cm, unlimited € 189,- (incl. VAT)

In three decades, „museum in progress“ has realised more than 1000 multiples in newspapers and magazines. These media-specific works offer a unique breadth in terms both of form and content. There is no comparable institution, which has produced this many high-quality newspaper art and magazine works. It should be emphasised that the diverse works by international artists were created specifically for the media space and are not reproductions of artworks but function as multiples, as stand-alone works in the context of the media. The individual newspapers or issues are collected for their artistic value and have been included in several exhibitions at institutions like Kunsthalle Vienna, mumok Vienna and MoMA New York.

Mona Hatoum, Interventionen in progress, 21.01.1998, Offset-Print / Newspaper Multiples, 62 x 46 cm, unlimited, € 378,- (incl. VAT)
Lawrence Weiner, Interventionen in progress, 01.08.1996, Offset-Print / Newspaper Multiples, 62 x 46 cm, unlimited, € 378,- (incl. VAT)
Thomas Bayrle, Plakat, 2000, Offset-Print / Newspaper Multiples, 31 x 46 cm, unlimited, € 189,- (incl. VAT)
John Baldessari, Specimen (After Dürer), 05.05.2000, Offset-Print / Newspaper Multiples, 31 x 46 cm, unlimited, € 189,- (incl. VAT)
Alighiero e Boetti, Cieli ad alta quota, 1993, 6 Puzzles in Box, 21,5 x 28,5 x 4 cm, multiples, € 325,- (incl. VAT)

In the early 1990s the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist asked Alighiero Boetti if he could think of any unusual venues in which he would like to show his work for a project by „museum in progress“. Boetti spoke of having an exhibition on an airplane. Obrist, along with the „museum in progress“, contacted Austrian Airlines, which subsequently published six of Boetti’s watercolor Aerei in its in-flight magazine Sky Lines. Further Boetti designed a set of jigsaw puzzles based on images of Cieli ad alta (High skies). Those six jigsaws had the same size as the folding tables of the airplanes and were given back then to passengers on Austrian Airlines’ flights.

Installation Shot of Jeremy Deller's Quotes in Warsaw 1998
Jeremy Deller, Quotes (Life is to blame for everything), 1998, Plakat museum in progress, Offset-Print on Blueback Paper, 166 x 234 cm / 4 parts each 117 x 83 cm, unlimited, € 790,- (incl. VAT)

This billboard is part of Jeremy Deller’s project „Quotes“, which was selected for the ninth project in the „Billboard“ series from „museum in progress“. One-liners made up of quotes from figures such as Goethe, Schiller and in the displayed case by Robert Musil appear on very different photos documenting scenes from youth culture and urban life. Traditional high-brow and modern pop culture flow into each other.
In 1998 the project „Quotes“ was on view on billboards in public space in various cities like Vienna, Athens, Brussels, Warsaw and Berlin.

Joan Jonas, 2014, Safety Curtain, museum in progress, Vienna State Opera, 2014/2015
Joan Jonas Sonderedition Eiserner Vorhang 2014 Siebdruck, 7farbig 70 x 47,7 Ed 155 Museum in Progress
Joan Jonas, Special Edition of the Iron Curtain, 2014, Silk screen print, 70 x 47,7 cm, Ed 155, € 808,- (inc. VAT)

Since 1998 museum in progress and the Vienna State Opera invite per year one contemporary artist to create an image for the so called „iron curtain“ of the opera house.
The jury of the project  currently consists of Bice Curiger, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum, who chose Beatriz Milhazez for the latest curtain of 2021.

In support of the project, which was conceived to hide the original curtain by Hermann Eisenmenger – an artist who was closely tied to the NS-regime – the museum in progress has published so far four limited editions by artists, who participated in the project. Those are Joan Jonas, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tauba Auerbach and Carrie Mae Weems. A new edition by Beatrix Milhazez will be released soon.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Helen & Gordon, 2015, Safety Curtain, museum in progress, Vienna State Opera, 2015/2016
Dominique Gonzalez–Foerster, Helen & Gordon, 2015, Digital Pigment Print, framed, 39 x 32,2 cm, Ed 20, € 2.420,- (incl. VAT)
Tauba Auerbach, A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts III, 2016, Safety Curtain, museum in progress, Vienna State Opera, 2016/2017
Tauba Auerbach, Helix Latch, 2016, 3D Print, ca 89 x 5,3 x 5,3 cm, Ed 15, € 2.750,- (incl. VAT)
Carrie Mae Weems, Queen B (Mary J. Blige), 2020, Safety Curtain, museum in progress, Vienna State Opera, 2020/2021
Carrie Mae Weems, MJB – Reflection, 2017/20, Fujiflex on aludibond, 70 x 60 cm, Ed 70, € 1.764,- (incl. VAT)

Please do not hesitate to contact Anna Ebner-Quadri for a complete list of works on view at Artissima Torino under