This exhibition will explore "the universal Man Ray": the visionary artist who painted, drew, designed, made films and objects, wrote, and worked enthusiastically in typography, book and magazine design.
150 masterworks lent from collections across the world, including paintings, photographs, objects, works on paper, collages, assemblages and experimental film will trace the career of Man Ray, his enigmatic and complex personality, and his work and legacy which paved the way for contemporary art, laying the groundwork for what we see as "art" today.
Critically addressing the issues that appear throughout his œuvre, such as the closeness and distance between male and female physicality and creativity, the exhibition will also focus on Man Ray as a prototype of the artistic networker and catalyst, a "friend to everyone who was anyone" who associated with the most glamorous circles of society.
14 February - 24 June 2018. Bank Austria Kunstforum. Vienna, Austria