raising flags

raising flags is a long-term project by museum in progress, that has been realised at various locations since 2023, including virtual exhibition spaces online (www.mip.at/en/digital-mip/about) and media spaces in newspapers and magazines. In 2024, the project can be experienced on Vienna's Stubenbrücke, in Ladakh (India) at an altitude of 3600 meters as part of the sā festival (June 2024), and in Bad Gastein at sommer.frische.kunst (July 2024).

The first project phase of raising flags, which began on 1 May 2023, was titled "Nation flags of Ideas" and dealt with questions of social coexistence in challenging times. museum in progress has reclaimed a place for art, the Stubenbrücke, which for many years was characterised by the lemur heads of Franz West. Along the Vienna River to Oskar Kokoschka-Platz, the public space was made visible as an art zone.

(Video: Roman Hansi, Tobias Gstaltner, Lukas Radosztics)

The second part of the flag project started in August 2024 and questioned "The essence of wind and the wind of change". raising flags will gradually be on display also at numerous other locations. Institutions, companies, but also private individuals who have the means to display a flag in a publicly visible way are invited to participate in the project. Even after the removal of the flags along the Wien River, approximately three to four artists annually present their flag creations on the Stubenbrücke. Furthermore, there are plans for extending "raising flags" to other cities.

Many works of the project were realised as editions by museum in progress, see: mip.at/en/shop. Further information on the editions and the participation possibilities are available at museum in progress: office@mip.at.

raising flags is a project by museum in progress, curated by Alois Herrmann and Kaspar Mühlemann Hartl. Cooperation partner: University of Applied Arts Vienna. The project was made possible by the Art Section of the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport (BMKÖS) with the support of Blue Mountain Contemporary Art (BMCA), Culture Vienna Inner City, Culture Vienna 3rd district and Fahnen-Gärtner. Further support: Barta & Partner Managing Art Insurance, Bildrecht, Swiss Embassy in Austria and Zugkraft. Hotel partner: Hotel Altstadt. Media partners: DATUM, DIE FURCHE and wienlive.