Instructions for Happiness

At the 21er Haus in Vienna, the exhibition “Instructions for Happiness” explores elusive feeling and scrutinizes conceptions of happiness.

Barbara Kapusta, Multiplication of U, 2016. Photo Thomas Albdorf, © Belvedere, Vienna. Courtesy of Barbara Kapusta & Gianni Manhattan, Wien
Instructions for happiness – an absurd promise? “Instructions for Happiness” sets out to explore this subjective, elusive feeling and scrutinizes conceptions of happiness.
Using behavioural guidelines, the works of participating artists invite responses to simulated situations through the use of objects or by interacting with others – or simply provoke the processes of thought. Arrangements that vary in form and content mirror the diversity of perspectives that the artists – as much as society in general – hold towards being happy. Just as with interpersonal relationships, immediate encounters or everyday situations, happiness may also hide in appreciating the beauty of the little things. Visitors are invited to explore ideas of happiness and to thereby also find their own answers.


With works by Anna-Sophie Berger, Keren Cytter, Heinrich Dunst, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Christian Falsnaes, Barbara Kapusta, Rallou Panagiotou, Angelo Plessas, Maruša Sagadin, Hans Schabus, Socratis Socratous, Jannis Varelas, Salvatore Viviano and Anna Witt.

until 5 November 2017
Instructions for Happiness
Curators : Severin Dünser and Olympia Tzortzi
21er Haus
Quartier Belvedere, Arsenalstraße 1, Vienna

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