30/09/2020 – 28/02/2021
Curator Sabine Folie
LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

VALIE EXPORT is considered to be one of the most important internationally renowned artists in conceptual media, performance and film art. To celebrate her 80th birthday, the LENTOS presents a selection of thirty of her works and work groups, including works from the LENTOS's own holdings, which were significantly enlarged through the purchase of the artist's estate in 2015. 

The exhibition puts the focus on VALIE EXPORT’s intensive preoccupation with the body, which the artist articulated in a wide range of different media. At the centre of her attention is the body as a subject exposed to social discipline and the logic of technological inscription. Iconic works are complemented in the exhibition by works rarely – or never before – on display. They are presented against the backdrop of the processes of pictorial invention and reasoning reconstructed from the VALIE EXPORT Center’s archival holdings.

This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the LENTOS Kunstmuseum and the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz

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receives MO-Art Prize 2020

The winner of the next MO Art Prize has been determined: Austrian VALIE EXPORT, internationally known as Media and Performance artist, will be awarded the art prize, endowed with 10,000 euros. The MO Art Prize is awarded annually by the Friends of the Museum Ostwall e.V. to artists whose work stands in the tradition of Dada and Fluxus. The prize will be awarded on December 4 at the Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U.


VALIE EXPORT receives Cross of Merit of the State of Upper Austria

Award for one of the most important representatives of international media, film and performance art. She is thus the first woman to receive this highest cultural award in the country. The laudation was held by Gabriele Spindler, who also presented the special exhibition "VALIE EXPORT. Collection Care" special exhibition.

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VALIE EXPORT receives the Roswitha Haftmann Prize

The Board of the Roswitha Haftmann Foundation has decided to award the Roswitha Haftmann Prize 2019, which is endowed with CHF 150,000, to the Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT (b. 1940).

The film-maker, media and performance artist, who has used her professional name as her artistic concept and logo since 1967, receives the award in recognition of her life’s work. In the Board’s view, she is one of the most important international pioneers in these genres.



VALIE EXPORT was born as Waltraud Lehner in 1940 in Linz, where she attended the School for the Arts and Crafts. In 1964 she graduated from HBLVA for Textile Industry in Vienna. Since 1967 she has been going by the name VALIE EXPORT, an artistic concept and logo. She works with a wide range of media and caught the attention with actions in public space that belonged to the field of performance and to media art and were developed from a feminist perspective.

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VALIE EXPORT receives Prix Ars Electronica

VALIE EXPORT is honored with a Golden Nica for lifetime achievement in art and feminism as a “Visionary Pioneer of Feminist Media Art.” The director of the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz, Dr. Sabine Folie, holds the laudation.