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mumok / Vienna / Art

In 1969, during six visits, Andy Warhol swept through storage rooms at the RISD Museum, pointing at objects excitedly and exclaiming, “I’ll take that!” It was one of the first times in history that an artist would curate a “collection exhibition” (a re-curation, so to speak, of pieces in a museum’s holdings). Warhol’s presentation raised eyebrows. He chose to put applied arts in the spotlight and exhibited chairs, umbrellas, shoes, hatboxes, ceramics, and textiles. Fine arts were pointedly moved to the side, most paintings were portraits, and 90 percent of the 404 pieces were anonymous. In a show that emulates Warhol’s strategy—the positioning of objects in an ahistorical, nonhierarchical format—the Mumok presents sculpture fragments from Greek and Roman empires. —E.C.

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