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Klaus Amann, "Die Zeit gibt die Bilder", 1992, © Alisa Douer
E. Gombrich, H. Zaloscer, 1992, © Alisa Douer
Exilbibliothek, 1993, © A. Douer
"Wie Weit ist Wien", São Paulo, 1996
J. Lind, G. S. Troller, 1999
L. Askin, P. Basch, Juni 2002
"From Vienna", 2002
Fred Wander, Dezember 2002
"Anna Mahler", 2004
Edith West, 2005 © Lukas Dostal
Egon Schwarz, 2005 © Lukas Dostal
Anna Auer und Wolf Suschitzky, 2006
Dr. Raoul Kneucker
"Kurt Wolff. Ein Literat und Gentleman.", 2008
Mimi Grossberg, New York, 1950er
"Hutwerkstatt" in der Exilbibliothek, 2009
Album Johann Koplenig, 1941
"Cilli Wang zum 100. Geburtstag", 2009
Westend Stories. Erinnerungswege durch den 7. Bezirk. Geführter Spaziergang, 2009
"Edmund Wolf: 'Ich spreche hier nicht von mir'", 2010
"Edmund Wolf: 'Ich spreche hier nicht von mir'", 2010
"Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare", 2011
A. Hofer, G. Pendl, M. Dusini, "Architektur & Exil", 2011
I. Meder, A. Sarnitz, M. Boeckl, "Architektur & Exil", 2011
"Architektur & Exil", 2011

Chronology

1992

  • 19th May: Opening of the exhibition "Die Zeit gibt die Bilder. Schriftsteller, die Österreich zur Heimat hatten" ("Time creates the images. Writers who feel at home in Austria"), in the presence of the Federal Minister for Education and Art, Rudolf Scholten. It features over 70 photographic portraits of living Austrian exile artists, taken by Alisa Douer in Europe, Israel and the United States of America. The opening speech, "Von der Dauer des Exils" ("The length of exile"), was held by Klaus Amann, the director of the Robert Musil Institute in Klagenfurt. Numerous authors, such as Mimi Grossberg, Ernst Gombrich, Kurt Singer or Alfred Marnau, appear at the exhibition, some of which perform at the accompanying events.
  • 18th June: Klaus Amann presents the Federal Minister Rufolf Scholten with the "suggestion to establish an Austrian archive for exile studies in the Literaturhaus in Vienna".
  • 7th November: Premiere of the filmic documentary "Wien 1938. Heimkehr in ein fremdes Land" ("Vienna 1938. Homecoming in a foreign land") by Alisa Douer (A 1992) with six Austrian authors from the project "Die Zeit gibt Bilder" ("Time creates the images").


1993

  • February: The Austrian Archives for Exile Studies is established as a department in the Documentation Centre for Contemporary Austrian Literature in the Literaturhaus.
  • Spring & Autumn: Alisa Douer travels to Latin America, Australia and Mexico for interviews and photo shoots.
  • "Die Zeit gibt die Bilder" ("Time creates the images") is exhibited abroad, for example in New York, Jerusalem, Budapest and Mexico City, and also appears as a 32 page catalogue in the English language.
  • The Austrian Archives for Exile Studies acquires over 1,000 first editions, translations, anthologies and reference books on the subject of exile within its first year. The biographical data bank boasts 2,400 personal entries and Alisa Douer's photographic portrait collection has 250 omnibus volumes.


1994

  • 5th May: the Desider Stern collection of "Werken zu jüdischer Autoren deutscher Sprache" )("Works by Jewish authors in the German language"). is handed over to the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies. Desider Stern is presented with the Austrian Medal of Honour for Science and Art.
  • June/July: Alisa Douer travels to Switzerland, France and Germany for interviews and photo shoots.
  • 19th September: The editorial archive of the "Israel Nachrichten" ("Israel News") and the Alice Schwarz-Gardos collection are handed over to the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies.
  • The exhibition "Die Zeit gibt die Bilder" ("Time creates the images") travels to Sydney, among other places.


1995

  • 9th March: Opening of the exhibition "Wie weit ist Wien? Lateinamerika als Exil für österreichische Schriftsteller und Künstler" ("How far is Vienna? Latin Amerika as an Exile for Austrian Writers and Artists"). The celebratory speech is held by Lenka Reinerová (Prague). Authors and artists of the exhibition, for example, Alfredo Bauer, Heinz Markstein, Cissy Kraner or Bruno Schwebeel, appear at the accompanying events.
  • The exhibition "Die Zeit Gibt Bilder" ("Time creates the images") travels to Haarlem/NL, London, Berlin, Detroit and Toledo/Ohio, amongst other places.
  • The exhibition "Wie weit ist Wien" ("How far is Vienna") travels to Mexico City and Quito.


1996

  • The exhibition "Die Zeit gibt die Bilder" ("Time creates the images") travels to Chernivtsi and Paris.
  • The exhibition "Wie weit ist Wien" ("How far is Vienna") travels to Brasília, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, São Paulo and Paris.


1997

  • Picus publishes the first volumes of the series "Österreichische Exilbibliothek" ("Austrian Exile Library") : Jakov Lind's tripartite autobiography and Fritz Kalmar's Homesickness stories: "Das Herz europäischer Heimwehgeschichten aus Südamerika" ("The heart of European Homesickness Stories from South America").
  • 13th March: Opening of the exhibition "Neuland. Israelische Künstler österreichischer Herkunft" ("Virgin soil. Israeli Artists of Austrian Origin") by Alisa Douer in the Jewish Museum in Vienna (in co-operation with the Exile Library).
  • 4th December: Opening of the exhibition "Kleine Verbündete. Vertriebene österreichische Kinder- und Jugendbuchliteratur" ("Little allies. Displaced Austrian Childrens and Young Adult literature"). Authors and artists of the exhibition, such as Lore Segal, Shemuel Katz, Doris Orgel or Traudi Reich, appear at the accompanying events.


1998

  • The Austrian Archives for Exile Studies manages around 5,500 publications, the biographical data bank comprises of 6,000 records, the documentation has around 2,000 omnibus volumes to different persons and Alisa Douer's photographic portrait collection documents around 600 persons.


1999

  • 24th June: Opening of the exhibition "Mimi Grossberg. Eine österreichische Exilautorin in New York" ("Mimi Grossberg. An Austrian Exile Author in New York") by Christian Klösch, created from the literary remains received in 1997.
  • 25th - 26th November: Erich Fried Convention: "Altes Land, neues Land. Exil, Verfolgung, biografisches Schreiben" ("Old land, new land. Exile, persecution, biographical writing"). First conception and execution of the Erich Fried Convention by the Documentation Centre / Austrian Archives for Exile Studies. Performances, among others, include: Jakov Lind, Georg Stefan Troller, Gershon Shaked, Guy Stern.
  • The exhibition "Kleine Verbündete" ("Little allies") is shown at the International Youth Library in Munich and at the German Library in Frankfurt.


2000

  • 24th March: Opening of the exhibition "Exil in Österreich - das österreichische Exil" ("Exile in Austria - the Austrian exile"). At the same time, the yearly convention for the 'Friends of the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies'® takes place in co-operation with the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies.


2001

  • 22nd - 24th November: Erich Fried Convention: "All right, whats left". Historical and current critical positions in memory of Erich Fried. Performances by Lenka Reinerová and Eveline Goodman-Thau, amongst others.
  • The exhibition "Kleine Verbündete" ("Little allies") travels to Brussels, Paris and Wuppertal.
  • Picus publishes the first audio book in the series "Exile Library", Fritz Kalmar: "Das Herz Europäischer Heimwehgeschichten aus Südamerika" ("The Heart of European Homesickness Stories from South America").


2002

  • 3rd June: opening of the exhibition "From Vienna: Exilkabarett ("Exile Cabaret") in New York 1938-1950" by Christian Klösch and Regina Thumser, created in association with a project on the anniversary stock of the Austrian National Library. The official speech was held by the Vienna born dancer Hedi Pope (Alexandria, VA). Authors and artists such as Georg Kreisler and the group gojim perform at the accompanying events
  • 6th - 8th December: "Chasms of terror. Fred Wander on his 85th birthday". A convention of the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies and the University of Dortmund. Fred Wander himself takes part.


2003

  • 12th November: Opening of the exhibition "Geteilte Erinnerung. Generationen des Exils" ("Divided memories. Generations of exile"). The official speech, marking the 10 year existence of the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies, is held by Klaus Amann. Carol Ascher, Eva Kollisch and Leo Spitzer read from autobiographical texts, and an antholgy co-edited by Christina Kleiser is released. The exhibition accompanies the Erich Fried Convention 2003 of the same title, feat. George Wyland-Herzfelde and Marie Frischauf, amongst others.


2004

  • 15th June: Opening of the exhibition "Anna Mahler. Ich bin in mir selbst zu Hause" ("Anna Mahler. At home in my self", marking the 100th birthday of the Austrian artist, by Barbara Weidle and Ursula Seeber. Marlene Streeruwitz, Oliver Hilmes and Paulus Manker are a few of the names that perform at the accompanying event and short films by Joseph Albrecht about Anna and Alma Mahler are also shown.


2005

  • 26th April: The material volume "Fred Wander. Leben und Werk" ("Fred Wander. Life and Work") (Weidl Publishing House), put together from the contributions of the 2001 convention, is presented in the presence of Fred Wander. Markus Hering reads from "Die Siebente Brunnen" ("The seventh well").
  • 24th - 27th November: Erich Fried Convention 2005 "Ungefragt. Über Literatur und Politik" ("Undemanded. About Literature and Politics"), also attended by Egon Schwarz.


2006

  • 7th June: Opening of the exhibition "Wolf Suschitzky. Ein Fotograf aus Wien" ("Wolf Suschitzky. A photographer from Vienna") a co-production with SYNEMA, the Society for Film and Media. The welcoming speech is held by Erich Lessing. The photographer and cameraman Wolf Suschitzky talks about his work.


2007

  • 24th January: the society 'Friends of the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies' starts work. The proponents Rudolf Scholten and Raoul Kneucker introduce the booster club with a festival programme at which Gennadi Kagan, Clemens Jabloner, Frederic Morton and Doron Rabinovici and others take part.
  • 16th - 30th January: The exhibition "Wolf Suschitzky. Ein Fotograf aus Wien" ("Wolf Suschitzky. A photographer from Vienna") goes to the Austrian Cultural Forum in London, along with a film programme "Wolf Schuschitzky Cameraman", curated by SYNEMA, which is shown in the Riverside Studios Cinema. The film festival Diagonale in Graz shows "Tribute to Wolf Suschitzky", also curated by SYNEMA.


2008

  • 15th January: Opening of the exhibition "Kurt Wolff. Ein Literat und Gentleman" (Kurt Wolff. A man of letters and gentleman" by Barbara Weidle, a co-project of August-Macke-Haus in Bonn, German National Library/German Archive for Exile Studies in Frankfurt and Documentation Centre/Austrian Archives for Exile Studies in Vienna. The accompanying programme remembers the writers Kasimir Edschmid and Mechtilde Lichnowsky and another ambitious publishing house of the exile, Phaidon.


2009

  • With the Sponsorship of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for victims of National Socialism and the Future-Fund of the Republic of Austria the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies could accomplish braod measures of conservation. Denise Wanninger restored the hats of the estate of the author and modiste Mimi Grossberg.
  • The Austrian Archives for Exile Studies in cooperation with SYNEMA leads through Wien-Neubau, a district of Vienna, for the first time: residential houses, studios, theatres, cinemas, cafes and editorial departments are topographic links, to tell stories of persecution and exile and to keep the reminiscence of the people who lived here alive. The accompanying book „Westend Stories. Erinnerungen und Texte aus Wien VII.“ („Westend Stories. Memories and Texts from Vienna VII.“) is published.
  • Albums of Mimi Grossberg, Fritz Kalmar and Johann Koplenig of the inventory of the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies could be digitised and be shown in the exhibition „Album. Fixierte Erinnerung zwischen Stammbuch und Facebook.“ („Album. Fixed Memory between autograph books and Facebook.“)


2010

  • 22nd April: Opening of the Exihibition „Edmund Wolf: 'Ich spreche hier nicht von mir'“ (Edmund Wolf. 'I am not speaking of myself.'), by Ursula Seeber and Barbara Weidle and presentation of the accompanying publication. Edmund Wolf's sons, who live in London, speak about their father, the playwriter, journalist and filmmaker.

 

2011

  • January: An english version of the homepage of the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies goes online.
  • On the occasion of the presentation of the book „Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare“ (Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V. 2011) („Publishers, Booksellers & Antiquarians“), the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies shows the exhibition „Buchkultur im Exil 1933/38 bis 1945“ about refugees in the field of german book-industry.
  • 29th June: The yearly convention for the 'Friends of the Austrian Archives for Exile Studies'® is dedicated to the topic Architecture & Exile. Presentation of the exile-focus in the journal KONstruktiv and talk about the exile of architecture with Matthias Boeckl, Andreas Hofer, Iris Meder, August Sarnitz and Matthias Dusini.

 

2012

  • May: The Austrian Archives for Exile Studies publishes the DVD: "Der Heimwehträger. Neunzig Minuten mit Fritz Kalmar", documentary by Erich and Libertad Hackl
  • 2nd November: Wolf Suschitzky is guest in the Literaturhaus. To celebrate his 100th birthday Michael Omasta und Brigitte Mayr (SYNEMA) present a filmic survey of his diverse oeuvre.
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