Discussion: Extraordinary Board Meeting of the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien

Seth Weiner and Atelier Bachwitz, “Vaporous Evening Dresses – Model 11, Var. 15,” 1929 / 2017

The latest commissioned work for the collection of the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien by Seth Weiner heralds a structural shift of the institution’s concept based on the transformations it has undergone since 1908: confiscation, restitution, restoration and reinstitution.

“Vaporous Evening Dresses” (1929/2017) draws on the building’s history as a publishing house for fashion and lifestyle catalogues. Weiner turns a series of watercolors into a reflection on the occupation of institutionality: a critical translation of the ornaments found in the historical catalogues’ illustrations, the project examines the conditions of memory and publication in changing political and technological regimes.

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