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“Skin Deep. Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauticians” at Wien Museum

“Punk at the Donauinselfest" (1996) Didi Sattmann
(© Wien Museum)

Opening in April is a fascinating exhibition about the history of practices in the grooming and styling of oneself. The Wien Museum is hosting “Skin Deep. Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauticians,” looks at the cosmetic world over a timeline from the eighteenth century up to the present day. The exhibition opens in Vienna on April 19, 2018.

Particularly, the show focuses on the practices of shaving, hair care, and cosmetics in the Viennese context, right from the eighteenth century to the present times.

The desire to style one’s own body has resulted in a spectrum of techniques, products and, also, occupations, such as barber, hairdresser, cosmetician, and wigmaker. Equally, just as people “work on” their bodies, they have always oriented themselves towards norms, conventions and, not least, models. Empress Elisabeth of Austria, whose obsession with hair and beauty became something of a trademark is a prominent example. It is this aspect that beauty is a 'product of work' that this exhibition brings to light. The show also puts focus on the many occupations that are related to the beauty industry.

The styling of the body carries great and enduring cultural significance for humanity. Clearly, the body is not just a nature-given attribute but always culturally formed too and, therefore, historically liable to change.

'Skin Deep. Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauticians' will be on view from April 19, 2018 through January 6, 2019 at the Wien Museum, Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Vienna, Austria.

For details, visit:http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/1146982/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.