OSWALD WIENER 4./5. Oktober 2003 – Daheim
4./5. OKTOBER 2003 DAHEIM
3 FEBRUARY – 25 MARCH 2023
When Oswald Wiener and his wife Ingrid moved to Canada in 1984, it was not only an act of seeking knowledge, but also a conscious step by the writer to leave art behind. An interest in the extremes of nature at the Arctic Circle, in extraordinary social circumstances, made Dawson City in the Arctic tundra the ideal setting for a life experiment: living and working, the house in the forest, the Claims Café - a restaurant run by the artist couple Wiener - became sites of introspection and a practice of thinking beyond art, science and philosophy.
The end of the long residency in the early 2000s gave rise to the need to record the house, the innermost place of work and long reflections. In the more than 300 photographs taken and printed by Wiener during his lifetime, he made the house, the living and working conditions the subject of a photographic survey.
As documents of a personal space of thought and perception, these images are a world unto themselves, but symptomatically they stand for the larger context of Oswald Wiener's artistic thought.
(From Peter Pakesch (curator of the exhibition): "Oswald Wiener - 4./5. Oktober 2003 daheim")