Statement by Christian Reder

When I was involved in the reform of federal museums and the MAK around 1990, museum in progress already attracted attention through its use of the firewall at the University of Applied Arts as a huge “wall newspaper” – a decisive departure from institutional confines towards an offensive in the public realm as a locus for art. My most direct cooperation with museum in progress was as co-editor of the TransAct issue with international statements by artists and academics on the ÖVP coalition with the extreme right-wing FPÖ in 2000 – as a historical retrospective ten years later. Projects outside the traditional museum or commercial framework offer new approaches. In this way museum in progress systematically promotes an unconventional freedom of thought and creativity illustrated by works of art.