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Real Wild Child

“I’ve never done it before so I’m quite sure I’ll be able to cope”, Pippi Langstrumpf declares. This is the kind of self-assured attitude we would like our children to develop. Do we also give them sufficient opportunity to live their curiosity? Today’s overprotection of children by their “helicopter” or “lawnmower” parents and the rapid progress of digitalisation, which puts a brake on children’s innate urge to explore things by themselves, make this doubtful. Children survive the most absurd pedagogical concepts and they even endure war, social deprivation, neglect and abuse, but at what price?

This exhibition shows works by 170 international artists from 1900 to the present day. Strong on critical acumen and empathy and on irony and humour, they document children’s happiness as well as their frustrations. They remind us that it's up to us to allow children a childhood that is worthy of being remembered.

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Alain Laboile
Alain Laboile

Alain Laboile

Boudin, 2013

On loan from the artist

Maria Lassnig
Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig

Custody, around 2008

© Maria Lassnig Stiftung / Foundation Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Julie Blackmon
Julie Blackmon

Julie Blackmon

The Babysitter, 2006

© Julie Blackmon, Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Oskar Kokoschka
Oskar Kokoschka

Oskar Kokoschka

Portrait of girl, around 1913

Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Photo: Rainer Iglar, © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Iris Andraschek
Iris Andraschek

Iris Andraschek

from the series "photo Andraschek and daughters", 2013

Nordico Stadtmuseum Linz, Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Ulrike Lienbacher
Ulrike Lienbacher

Ulrike Lienbacher

Untitled 2007

Courtesy UIlrike Lienbacher and Galerie Krinzinger Wien, Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Paula Modersohn-Becker
Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker

Landscape with three children and goat, 1902

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz

Heidi Harsieber
Heidi Harsieber

Heidi Harsieber

Untitled, 1995

On loan from the artist © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Ruth Orkin
Ruth Orkin

Ruth Orkin

The card players, 1947

Private collection Vienna; © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Gottfried Helnwein
Gottfried Helnwein

Gottfried Helnwein

Untitled (Child at the table), 1993

© Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Frenzi Riegling
Frenzi Riegling

Frenzi Riegling

shoe in shoe, 2003-2020

Loan from the artist

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"
Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2021

Photo: Philipp Greindl

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"
Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2021

Photo: Philipp Greindl

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"
Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2020

Photo: Philipp Greindl

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"
Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2021

Photo: Philipp Greindl

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"
Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Exhibition view "Real Wild Child"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2021

Photo: Philipp Greindl