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sag zum abschied leise servus (and softly say good-bye) – january 2007

music: drach-quartett, maritime & the playback orkkestar reinhard blum, christian wirlitsch, große freiheit nr. 7
films by: mara mattuschka, schütz-helf-staudinger, maya yonesho
dj’s: plattenspieler & niki

dichter herbst (dichter autumn)
100 years of ernest dichter - the dichter family
warenhaus dichter (“retail store dichter”), october, 2007

during the “dichter herbst - 100 years of ernest dichter” exhibition, the history of the dichter family was brought to life in various exhibition and public spaces on the grundsteingasse. along with this, the themes & ideas of ernest dichter (the father of motivational research; vienna 1907 - usa 1991) were presented to the public by artistic means such as projections onto fire walls and by the use of advertisement posters and neon signs; in addition, parts of the “sammlung dichter” (“dichter collection”) was shown.
members of the dichter family, including walter arlen (composer and music critic, los angeles) and edith arlen wachtel (social scientist, los angeles), who are leopold dichter's grandchildren, were in vienna, attending the exhibition as contemporary witnesses. there was also an accompanying academic programme about the life and works of ernest dichter, the book launch for “ernest dichter - doyen der verführer” (published by mucha verlag), concerts, readings and a theatre and film programme.

the warenhaus dichter - 1160 vienna, brunnengasse 40 - was founded by leopold dichter in 1890. by the 1930s it had become the biggest retail store outside vienna's gürtel (belt road). it was modernised in 1935 by philipp diamantstein, who had an office together with his partner clemens holzmeister.

until the nationalist socialists seized power, the retail store was run as a family business. it was aryanised by the owner of a bank, edmund topolansky,
who took over the shop for less than a third of its real value. even this purchase price wasn't paid out of topolansky's own pocket, but from the profits the retail store earned. it remained in his possession until 1949. the thriving store and the business assets were used to save his bankrupt bank. as a result of restitution proceedings from 1949 to 1951, the shop was sold at a very low price to oskar seidenglanz in 1953; like topolansky, he had been an aryaniser - in this case, of a shop in the 20th district of vienna. under the name of osei (the contraction of “oskar seidenglanz”), the store could be found at the brunnenmarkt 'til 2005.

between 2005 and 2007, the building was used as a temporary art space by the masc foundation and grundstein (with permission of the convert family) with four exhibitions taking place, the last one being the “sammlung dichter” (“dichter collection”), which will be on-line from october 2007.

the “sammlung dichter” was set up in 2006 by the masc foundation as an homage to the dichter family who had been exiled from vienna. in the tradition of standard private collections (dakis joannou collection, hummel collection, erste bank...), its focus is on presenting the works of artists to a broad international public and on addressing the issue of a changed and changing political situation in the 20th and 21st centuries.





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