Due to the current precautionary measures in connection with the corona virus, the opening of the new special exhibition at the Literature Museum » Utopias and Apocalypses, planned on Thursday, April 2, and the new special exhibition at the State Hall » The Danube. A journey into the past, planned on Thursday, May 14, will be shifted. We ask for your understanding.
As soon as the museums of the Austrian National Library are open again and the news date is fixed, we will post the information here on our website.
What does literature tell us about the future? How does it invent possible worlds? How do writers of Austrian and international literature of the 20th and 21st centuries imagine very different futures?
In the light of the current debates on climate change, digitisation, robotics and artificial intelligence, the new special exhibition in the Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library is dedicated to a highly topical issue, the question of what image we want to make of the future. The focus is on the utopias and dark visions of the future, the machine worlds, doomsday scenarios and satirical idylls that literature invents. The exhibition presents them using selected manuscripts, books and objects from the collections of the Austrian National Library, in particular the Literary Archive.
In addition to German-language texts by authors as diverse as Ingeborg Bachmann, Otto Basil, Hans Flesch-Brunningen, Erich Fried, Marlen Haushofer, Christoph Ransmayr and Oswald Wiener, another focus is on international utopian literature from the 16th century to the present day: Thomas More’s “Utopia”, Karel Čapek’s “War with the Newts” and George Orwell’s “1984” are presented, alongside feminist science fiction novels by Ursula K. Le Guin, who died in 2018.
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