Austrian City of Linz To Open Valie Export Center

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The Austrian city of Linz has acquired the estate of Valie Export, laying the foundations for the planned establishment of a center for media and performance art named after the artist, Der Standard reports.

The acquisition of Export’s estate forms the basis of the Valie Export Center: Research Center for Time-Based and Performance Art. The center will not only display the artist’s works but also serve as a place for artistic and academic discourse on contemporary performance art.

Located in a former tobacco factory, the Valie Export Center is expected to open in 2017, and will be collaboratively operated by the city and the Linz University of Art and Industrial Design.

On Wednesday the Linz-born Valie Export, the city’s Mayor Klaus Luger, and University Director Reinhard Kannonier signed the contract at a ceremony at the Lentos Art Museum that finalized four years of negotiations.

The archives of the 74-year-old artist include paintings, sketches, designs, and negatives. The signed agreement also includes her accumulated letters and correspondences, hard drives, and library.

The entire cache will be added to the existing collection of the Lentos Museum, representing the largest expansion of the museum’s collection since the purchase of the Hildebrand Gurlitt Collection in the 1950s.

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