Exhibition Elmar Trenkwalder

Michael Kienzer

27/08 - 18/09/2016

Michael Kienzer, Room on chairs, 2007, Installation, Future Systems, Lentos Linz, Michael Kienzer, photo: Jorit Aust

Michael Kienzer has created a site-specific installation for the Klangraum Krems Minorite Church.

Qualities of materiality, montage and construction as well as the contextualization of space – all the way to public space – play an eminent role in Michael Kienzer’s oeuvre. Born in 1962 in Steyr, Upper Austria, the artist studied sculpture in the master class of Josef Pillhofer from 1977 to 1979 and ranks among the leading exponents of “new sculpture” of the 1980s. Proceeding from an increasingly expressive sculptural charge, his concept of sculpture has shifted toward spatial, constructivist conceptuality. mehr

Ryan Mitchell, Ben Zamora und Casey Curran



Stefan Sandner

Farben 13/03 - 19/06/2016

As if captured fleetingly on a piece of paper, abstract scribbling and handwritten sentences, with all their corrections and deletions, unfold on large-format canvases. Notes of multifarious content and origin or lines randomly merging to form drawings have been the foundation for the work of Vienna-based artist Stefan Sandner (b. 1968) for many years now. Sandner refers to his motifs as “reality particles” and – rendered in his painting – they are images of past actions, rather than original traces of spontaneous thoughts. This process generates a variety of conceptual fields of discourse, situated between dualisms such as transience and duration, contextualization and autonomy, randomness and precision, and, not least, text and image. mehr


PAINTING IN SPACE 13/03 - 19/06/2016

Ernst Caramelle
Heinrich Dunst
Herbert Hinteregger
Luisa Kasalicky
Michael Kienzer
Ingo Nussbaumer
Helga Philipp
Gerwald Rockenschaub
Peter Sandbichler
Esther Stocker
Sofie Thorsen
Heimo Zobernig and a video by UTV

Now, At The Latest

Videos and other attractions from the evn collection 14/11/2015 - 21/02/2016

Exhibiton view 'NOW, AT THE LATEST. Videos and other attractions from the evn collection', Kunsthalle Krems, 2015, Photo: Lisa Rastl, © evn sammlung, Maria Enzersdorf, 2015, Photo: evn sammlung

For the past 20 years the evn collection has focused its attention on the most cutting-edge of art: through acquisitions, commissions and accompanying publications, the collection of the Lower-Austrian energy provider EVN has established itself as one of Austria’s most important corporate art collections, one that today represents a thematically and medially diverse group of some 300 works.

From the very beginning the unique feature of the evn collection has been its collecting concept: forgoing the safe terrain of a collection emphasis, it focuses on the contemporaneity of the acquired artworks. The Arts Council of the evn collection has not only demonstrated an interest in exploring current artistic developments and a feeling for contemporary relevance; it has also shown foresight: Maurizio Cattelan’s stuffed rabbit with lion’s eyes, Richard I, purchased in 1996, was the first work acquired for the collection – at a time when Cattelan was just launching his international career. Occasionally, established voices are added to the choir as well, provided they are relevant for the contemporary discourse; otherwise the five-member board is interested primarily in current works by local as well as international artists.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the evn collection, highlights of the collection will be shown at the Kunsthalle Krems, which is also celebrating its 20th birthday. Unlike earlier presentations of the collection (in 2000 at the Belvedere and in 2005 at the mumok), this exhibition does not represent an external view of the collection, nor does it apply a thematic filter; instead, the medial backbone of the exhibition “course” is provided by video works by Mircea Cantor, Sonia Leimer, Dorit Margreiter, Christian Philipp Müller, Emilie Pitoiset, Florian Pumhösl, Anri Sala, Markus Schinwald, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Milica Tomić, Kay Walkowiak and Clemens von Wedemeyer. Incorporated into this structure are associative works from the collection that enter into a dialogue with the presented video works. Markus Schinwald’s exhibition design, which is as unconventional as it is convincing, makes use of lines of vision and overlapping background noises. This runs counter to the separation of film works in a classic video course and facilitates interconnections between the works in terms of content and form.

Independent of this video course, a separate area of the exhibition is devoted to the structural polyphony of the collection, which is demonstrated by an eclectic selection of works reflecting the personal approach of the advisory board. In addition to the current and former advisory board of the evn collection, it is the curator team of the Kunsthalle Krems, along with staff of the EVN, that selects and presents works from the collection according to specific criteria. Passion and enthusiasm for art thus reveal themselves as a fundamental driving force behind the collection.

Along with the previously named artists, Pawel Althamer, Lutz Bacher, Josef Bauer, Karla Black, Maurizio Cattelan, Olga Chernysheva, Clegg & Guttmann, Carola Dertnig, Mark Dion, Jimmie Durham, Fischli/Weiss, Vadim Fiškin, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Sakshi Gupta, Carsten Höller, Szymon Kobylarz, Anita Leisz, Thomas Locher, Christian Mayer, Christoph Meier, Marzena Nowak, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Elizabeth Peyton, Andreas Slominski, Nedko Solakov, Jasper Spicero with Bunny Rogers, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Adrien Tirtiaux, Rosemarie Trockel, Andra Ursuta, Nadim Vardag, Franz Erhard Walther and Lois Weinberger are also represented by works attesting to the polyfocal character of the evn collection.

The presentation of the evn collection in the Kunsthalle Krems not only reflects the enormous diversity of works within the collection; it also offers nothing less than an insight into the international art scene over the past 20 years. As with the previous presentations of the evn collection, this exhibition also takes its title from a work in the collection: Karla Black’s Now, At The Latest. mehr

Jorinde Voigt

14/11/2015 - 21/02/2016

Exhibiton view 'JORINDE VOIGT. NOW', Kunsthalle Krems, 2015 , Photo: Christian Redtenbacher, Bildrecht, Vienna, 2015 Courtesy Galerie Klüser, Munich

Order and randomness, meticulousness and impulsiveness, drawing excess and graphic reduction are just some of the vibrant, tension-loaded poles that characterize the large-format drawings of the German artist Jorinde Voigt (b. 1977).

Her works condense various elements of the cultural environment in the dynamic sequences of strokes, turbulently curving lines, diagrammatic structures, numbers, word fragments and collaged color areas of her drawings – which the passionate cello player refers to as “scores” or “notations”. She systematically analyses pop songs or pieces of classical music, kisses, temperature profiles, an eagle’s flight-path, horizon lines or the color values of individual plants and the contents of philosophical texts. Voigt uses measureable parameters like place, time, or sound volume, and self-defined rules or selected algorithms, and combines these fragments and impressions of reality to produce dynamic relational structures, thus creating a polyphony of different ways of perceiving the world.

Jorinde Voigt’s largest solo exhibition to date – which builds a bridge from her early notations, reminiscent of classical conceptual art, to her most recent works that reflect the human desire to fly – traces the development of the specific system of symbols the artist uses to document and orchestrate processes of perception, imagination and thought.

Curator: Stephanie Damianitsch mehr

Inés Lombardi

Retroprospective 19/07 - 18/10/2015

exhibition view 'INÉS LOMBARDI. Retroprospective', Kunsthalle Krems, 2015, Photo by Oliver Ottenschläger

Perception, representation and temporality are central themes in Inés Lombardi’s work. Born in São Paulo in 1958, she has been based in Vienna since 1980. In complex, intercommunicating series of works, she brings together photography, video, collage and installations, creating – in an interplay of space, object and the viewer – situations that revolve around reflections on the process-like character and contextual dependence of perception as well as the multifaceted nature of presentation and representation forms. mehr

Ernesto Neto

19/07 - 01/11/2015

exhibiton view 'ERNESTO NETO', Kunsthalle Krems, 2015, Photo by Christian Redtenbacher

“I am sculpture and think as sculpture,” says internationally acclaimed Brazilian sculptor Ernesto Neto (b. 1964) whose vibrant oeuvre is transforming the Kunsthalle Krems into a sensual and palpable gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art) in summer 2015. mehr

Pipilotti Rist

22/03 - 28/06/2015

exhibition view 'PIPILOTTI RIST', Kunsthalle Krems, 2015 , Photo: Lisa Rastl

In Spring 2015, the Kunsthalle Krems presents one of the most comprehensive solo exhibitions to date of Switzerland’s most famous video and object artist, Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962), the “techno-romanticist and utopian philanthropist”(Daniele Muscionico) of the international art scene. mehr

Dominik Steiger

15/11/2014 - 08/02/2015

exhibition view 'DOMINIK STEIGER. RETROSPEKTIVE', Kunsthalle Krems, 2014 , Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Dominik Steiger (b. 1940) has been described as an eigenwelt artist and poetic Universalist. He would refer to himself as a “quantum-fanatical foot soldier of the imagination.” mehr

Luis Buñuel | Salvador Dalí

An Andalusian Dog 13/07 - 26/10/2014

exhibition view 'LUIS BUÑUEL | SALVADOR DALÍ. EIN ANDALUSISCHER HUND', Kunsthalle Krems, 2014, Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Produced in 1928, this early cinematic masterpiece by Buñuel und Dalí has made film history as an icon of Surrealist avant-gardism. mehr

Gregor Schmoll

Orbis Pictus 13/07 - 02/11/2014

exhibition view 'GREGOR SCHMOLL. ORBIS PICTUS', Kunsthalle Krems, 2014 , Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Gregor Schmoll (b. 1970), the “Monsieur Surrealist” of contemporary Austrian art, studied under Michelangelo Pistoletto and Heimo Zobernig at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. mehr

Martha Jungwirth

Retrospective 13/07 - 02/11/2014

exhibition view 'MARTHA JUNGWIRTH. RETROSPECTIVE', Kunsthalle Krems, 2014 , Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

The Kunsthalle Krems dedicates a comprehensive retrospective to Marta Jungwirth (b. 1940), the great loner on the Austrian art scene. The show will be presenting works from five decades. mehr

William Kentridge

Drawings for Projection* 16/03 - 29/06/2014

William Kentridge, Drawing For The Movie “Monument”, 1990, William Kentridge, 2013, Courtesy William Kentridge Studio, 2012

William Kentridge (b 1955) explores the constitutive circumstances of being human, the human condition, in his work. Suffering, loss, grief, pain, and death, but also pleasure, desires, passions and humor all play a major part in his complex oeuvre. mehr

Constantin Luser

16/03 - 29/06/2014

Constantin Luser, Untitled, 2006 , Constantin Luser, 2013, Courtesy The Artist And Rotwand, Zurich

With his intricate drawings that combine words, symbols, abstract and figurative elements into complex linework structures, the Austrian artist Constantin Luser (b. 1976) has drawn much international attention over the past few years. mehr

William Kentridge

Ten Drawings for Projection* 16/03 - 29/06/2014

William Kentridge, Drawing For The Movie “Monument”, 1990, William Kentridge, 2014, Courtesy William Kentridge Studio, 2012

William Kentridge (b. 1955) explores the constitutive circumstances of being human, the human condition, in his work. Suffering, loss, grief, pain, and death, but also pleasure, desires, passions and humor all play a major part in his complex oeuvre. mehr

Constantin Luser

16/03 - 29/06/2014

Constantin Luser, Untitled, 2006 , Constantin Luser, 2014, Courtesy The Artist And Rotwand, Zurich

With his intricate drawings that combine words, symbols, abstract and figurative elements into complex linework structures, the Austrian artist Constantin Luser (b. 1976) has drawn much international attention over the past few years. mehr

Ausstellung Back to the futureFrom Tiepolo to Warhol

The Klüser Collection 16/03 - 29/06/2014

Andy Warhol, Untitled, 1953, Sammlung Klüser, München, 2013 , The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual, Arts, Inc. / Bildrecht, Wien, 2013, Foto: Mario Gastinger

Immediacy and spontaneity are what makes for the fascination of the drawing. Like no other medium it allows to try out individual pictorial inventions and to articulate artistic ideas, frequently taking an experimental approach. mehr


Retrospective 20/10/2013 - 23/02/2014

exhibition view 'YOKO ONO. HALF-A-WIND SHOW', Kunsthalle Krems, 2013 , Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Born 1933 in Tokyo and now based in New York, the artist Yoko Ono was a well-known figure of the avant-garde and performance art scene already in the 1950s and later, together with George Maciunas and John Cage, became one of the leading minds of the Fluxus movement.  mehr

Kiki Kogelnik

Retrospective 14/07 - 06/10/2013

exhibition view 'Kiki Kogelnik. Retrospective', Kunsthalle Krems 2013, Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Kiki Kogelnik (1935–1997) holds one of the internationally most significant positions in 20th century Austrian art. mehr

Elfie Semotan

14/07 - 06/10/2013

exhibition view 'Elfie Semotan', Kunsthalle Krems 2013, Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Elfie Semotan (b. 1941), the doyenne of Austrian photography, worked as a model for years after completing training to be a fashion designer before she got behind the camera to garner inter­national fame with her lyrical fashion photography. mehr

Deep Feelings

From Antiquity to Now 10/03 - 30/06/2013

exhibition view DEEP FEELINGS. FROM ANTIQUITY TO NOW, Kunsthalle Krems 2013, Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Love, anger, sorrow—emotions are life-defining, complex dynamical processes whose forms of expression are culturally shaped and socially learnt. mehr

Thomas Feuerstein. Candylab

18/11/2012 - 17/02/2013

exhibition view, THOMAS FEUERSTEIN. Candylab, Kunsthalle Krems 2012, Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

The subtle combination of scientific fact and artistic fiction characterizes Thomas Feuerstein’s (b. 1968) work that focuses on language and the construction of reality. mehr

Anna Jermolaewa

18/11/2012 - 17/02/2013

exhibition view 'ANNA JERMOLAEWA', Kunsthalle Krems, 2012 , Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

The Vienna-based artist Anna Jermolaewa (b. 1970) analyzes stereotypical roles in regulatory hierarchies and totalitarian power apparatuses. mehr

Francis Picabia. Retrospective

15/07 - 04/11/2012

exhibition view 'FRANCIS PICABIA. RETROSPEKTIVE', Kunsthalle Krems, 2012 , Photo: Christian Redtenbacher , Kunsthalle Krems, 2012, Foto: Christian Redtenbacher

While Francis Picabia (1879-1953) was a leading Dadaist figure and a close colleague of Marcel Duchamp, it is still difficult to fit his work neatly into the art historical categories of the avant-garde or classical modernism. His contempt for strict beliefs regarding artistic ideologies frequently led him to oppose the predominant theories of the day, time and again trying to avoid any kind of appropriation. mehr

exhibition view 'ELMAR TRENKWALDER. ORNAMENT UND OBSESSION', Kunsthalle Krems, 2012 , Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Elmar Trenkwalder’s (b. 1959) graphic work and sculpture reveal many points of reference to past eras and styles and to different cultures. The structures of his monumental ceramic sculptures are reminiscent of Baroque and Rococo architecture as well as Indian temples. mehr

John Bock

29/04 - 24/06/2012

exhibition view 'JOHN BOCK', Kunsthalle Krems, 2012, Photo: Christian Redtenbacher , Kunsthalle Krems, 2012, photo: Christian Redtenbacher

In the interplay of installation, sculpture, action, drama and film, the art of the German performance artist John Bock (b. 1965) looks to go beyond any limitations. His room-filling installations use diverse materials and different artistic styles to create complex scenarios. mehr

Walter Vopava

27/11/2011 - 12/02/2012

exhibition view 'WALTER VOPAVA', Kunsthalle Krems, 2011, Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Walter Vopava (b. 1948) is one of the major proponents of New Abstraction in Austria. Trained at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, he lives and works in Vienna and Berlin. His painting explores the perception of surface colour as an autonomous aesthetic event. While his works of the 1980s still had figurative aspects, in the ’90s he explored light, colour and atmosphere, developing the idea of the painting as a colour space. Heavy, dark fields of colour are brought into relation with lighter, glowing areas. The result is deep, meditative spaces suggesting a mysterious ‘beyond’. Walter Vopava does not start with an idea and illustrate it, rather the idea takes shape during the act of painting. There is nothing arbitrary about his works, however, for they pertain to specific systems that are never absolute. His current cycle of pictures produced for the central hall of the Kunsthalle Krems, for instance, relates to specific features of the exhibition space.

Curator: Hans-Peter Wipplinger


Time to Act

Works from the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art, Zurich 27/11/2011 - 19/02/2012

exhibition view 'TIME TO ACT! WORKS FROM THE MIGROS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, ZURICH', Kunsthalle Krems, 2011, Photo: Christian Redtenbacher

Since its foundation in 1996 the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art has been a space for reflection and production. Contemporary art here is explicitly embedded in a societal and social context. For the first time in Austria a large part of the core of this 500-work collection is on show. An extensive Kunsthalle Krems exhibition on the topic of ‘social action’ will consist solely of items from the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art collection.
The artworks prompt discussion on future-oriented value creation, sustainability, global justice and social responsibility, principles that are also part of Migros’s corporate philosophy. Not only is Migros the biggest Swiss retail trader, it is one of the best-known private sponsors in the areas of culture, society, education, leisure and business. The exhibition includes socio-politically oriented works by Theo Altenberg, Lothar Baumgarten, Alighiero Boetti, Christine Borland, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Phil Collins, Elmgreen & Dragset, Fischli/Weiss, Gilbert & George, Jens Haaning, Mathilde ter Heijne, Josephine Meckseper, Markus Schinwald, Andy Warhol and many more.


Curator: Karin Pernegger


Ausstellung Lucas Bosch Gelatin

17/07 - 06/11/2011

exhibition view 'LUCAS BOSCH GELATIN', Kunsthalle Krems, 2011, Photo: Lisa Rastl

After their spectacular presentation at this year's Biennale in Venice, Gelatin arrived a week ago at Kunsthalle Krems together with the British artist Sarah Lucas, to set up the ‘Lucas Bosch Gelatin’ exhibition.

The upcoming show is the most labor-intensive and time-consuming ever to be realized at the Kunsthalle Krems. Sarah Lucas, a prominent exponent of the ‘Young British Artist’ scene of the late 80s and 90s, and Gelatin – a group consisting of two Krems-born artists, Wolfgang Gantner and Florian Reither, as well as of Ali Janka and Tobias Urban – have arrived at Kunsthalle Krems with an entourage of around 20 assistants to write exhibition history, or as Sarah Lucas puts it, “This show will be legendary”.

The temporary workshop is the scene of intense activity, as the exhibition is fundamentally being created on site and has to be specially tailored to the spaces. Mixers are running round the clock, cement moulds of body parts are being made, the exhibition spaces are being taken apart and reassembled for the show, and in the woodshop bizarre sculptures are taking shape. This fruitful collaboration has, over the past week, transformed fantastic sculptures of old chairs, furniture, polystyrene, cardboard, plaster, cement, bricks, mattresses, bed frames, metal grills, nylon tights and old bathtubs and toilets into works of art.

Kunsthalle Krems is being redesigned as a space to be experienced and a zone for the senses where the enigmatic chambers of wonders on the dark side of reason are transformed into a new universe of exhibition performance. The production of art images remains ambivalently between the real and the unreal. Eros and Death lurk in a multiform territory, in animal symbols and endless fragmented body parts.

Apart from one object, a huge moveable lower arm from the collection of her fellow artist Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas is newly creating all the other works on site. Together with 40 Gelatin works from the last ten years (plasticine images, drawings, photo collages and objects) the artist group develops the majority of their exhibits on site.

The ‘Lucas Bosch Gelatin’ exhibit will open its doors at 6pm on the 16th of July in Kunsthalle Krems. This pushing of the envelope attempts to present the bewitchingly disturbing imagery of the artists as fluent fantastic, stunning imaginings that awake yearnings. And for the first time late medieval artists such as Hieronymus Bosch and his successors are juxtaposed against the installations and sculptures of Lucas and Gelatin as models for their ideas.

Twenty high-carat loans from the Vienna Albertina, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Dommuseum Salzburg, the Princely collection of Liechtenstein and works from private collections will interact with their immediate neighbours, works by Sarah Lucas and Gelatin, and evoke the epoch spanning fantastic imaginations that are the main impetus to art. The basic concept for the show, which can be seen at Kunsthalle Krems until 6th November 2011, originates from the Kunsthalle Krems director Hans-Peter Wipplinger and art historian Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer in dialogue with Sarah Lucas and Gelatin.
Following the exhibition opening on 16th July, a summer fest will take place in front of Kunsthalle Krems and at Kloster Und, with music and sounds from Russell Haswell, Philipp Quehenberger & DD Kern, Sara Glaxia, tmpl XX, Fantastik Framtid and the Trachtenkapelle Wösendorf, a traditional music band.

In parallel to the preparatory work for the exhibition, a catalogue is being published by Walther König, Cologne, which will contain up-to-date installation photos and therefore will only come out about
two weeks after the exhibition opening (160 pages, with contributions from Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer, Hans-Peter Wipplinger and Werner Hofmann, the doyen of German-speaking art history.  mehr

Jonas Burgert

Life Experiment 27/03 - 13/06/2011

Jonas Burgert, Gift gegen Zeit, 2009, Privatsammlung, Lepkowski Studios, (c) Jonas Burgert

The Berlin painter Jonas Burgert (b. 1969) is one of the whizz-kids of the German art scene. He paints life-size mystic scenarios that document existential mental states and are impressive cultural and historical testimonies as well. Figuration, integrated in myths, the grotesque and the fantastic, is central to his painting. His compositions recall epic stage designs reflecting tense interpersonal relationships. His large-format canvases are acutely sensitive personal portraits of great emotional force and urgency. We encounter kings, shamans, amazons, magicians, demons, children, warriors, hunters and gatherers in exotic costumes and dramatic lighting conditions, who meld with contemporary surroundings. The picture space displays a grand narrative whose actors express the allegories of human existence: melancholy, love, death and justice. Like timeless world-wanderers, these figures spellbind the viewer and inaugurate a dialogue between an urbane and an archaic world. Together with the Kunsthalle Tübingen we are presenting the painter’s first institutional solo exhibition with a cross section of his works since 2005.

Hans-Peter Wipplinger
Karin Pernegger


Angels & Urchins

400 Years of Children’s Portraits 06/03 - 03/07/2011

Marianna Gartner, Struwwelpeter with Kittens, 2008, Courtesy Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin © Marianna Gartner (Foto: Lea Gryze)

The Spring Exhibition is dedicated to child portraiture. Over 130 works document changes in the world of children from the 16th century to the present. Visitors embark on a time journey from the court portrait, genre and romantic children’s portraits to Biedermeier, modern and contemporary 20th and 21st-century portraits. It emerges how closely the history of child portraiture is linked with the wishes and hopes of its patrons and creators. The mutual interrelation of child portrayed and adult portrayer, especially in contemporary art, is focused on. The history and culture of material things like clothing, furniture and toys grounds the subject in the everyday, turning the exhibition into an event. mehr

Mark Dion

Concerning Hunting 08/11/2009 - 14/02/2010

The American artist Mark Dion (born in 1961) works on visually representing nature and history. Since the late 1980s he has been dealing with ecological and cultural issues, later followed by institutions such as natural history museums and their precursors: the so-called curiosity cabinets. Prearranged worktables, stuffed bears and tarred birds are part of the artist's repertoire. His work covers the fascinating phenomenon of nature that makes mankind gatherers, researchers and adventurers. At first sight, his work often appears to be critical of mankind's treatment of the flora and fauna, but in essence it is about different concepts of nature and society. After all 'nature' is only a construct that is permanently reshaped and reinterpreted. mehr

Yearning for Image

Portrait in the Course of Time 26/07 - 26/10/2009

Kopfstudie einer Italienerin (Giulia Leonardi), 1910, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, 2009

The portrait as one of the central genres in art is the issue of the great main exhibition 2009 at the Kunsthalle Krems. mehr


28/06 - 18/10/2009

The five artists that make up the Slovenian group IRWIN – Dušan Mandic (*1954), Miran Mohar (*1958), Andrej Savski (*1961), Roman Uranjek (*1961) and Borut Vogelnik (*1959) – all come from Ljubljana's punk and graffiti scene. They form a part of the artists' collective NSK (New Slovenian Art) and work according to the retro principle. Their pictorial language largely quotes western and eastern European art of the 19th and 20th centuries.  It contains motifs from Socialist Realism as well as from the Third Reich or various European Avant-gardes. IRWIN apply the entire range of totalitarian symbols in their art in an extremely revealing fashion. mehr

Edgar Honetschläger

Edopolis 29/03 - 14/06/2009

The artist and filmmaker Edgar Honetschläger (born in 1963), who walks the line between cultures, and works with the diversity and contradictions of the globalised world. A traveller who lives in New York, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Rome and Vienna, but mainly in Tokyo, he perceives cultural phenomena and seemingly given facts with a distanced view from the outside. With his most often highly political focus he enters into confrontation with the establishment and puts traditional views into perspective. mehr

Otto Dix

Between Paradise and Collapse 15/03 - 12/07/2009

With Otto Dix, Kunsthalle Krems in its spring exhibition presents one of the major German artists of the first half of the 20th century. Influenced by the gruesome events of World War I, Dix developed an impressive and drastic pictorial language. With his socially critical paintings he focused on the political and social situation of the 1920s, the Third Reich and the post-war era. Following the seizure of power by the National Socialists, Dix was one of the first art professors to be removed from office; in 1937 his works were exhibited in the Degenerate Art show. mehr


Nin Brudermann – Rainer Ganahl – Mathias Kessler 05/10/2008 - 15/03/2009

Secluded Nights (Erzberg), Mathias Kessler, 2008; courtesy of habres+partner gallery

Nin Brudermann, Rainer Ganahl and Mathias Kessler, three artists from Austria, have each lived in New York for over a decade. To date they have become accepted members of the metropolis' tangled art scene, which attracts artists from all over the world. All three of them critically examine the United States' political and social system and Western affluent society. Comprehensive research and analysis constitutes a major part of their work. The exhibition at Kunsthalle Krems is the first to combine the artists' oeuvres. mehr

Joseph Beuys

Shaman 28/09/2008 - 01/03/2009

Joseph Beuys' (1921-1986) entire artistic oeuvre was characterised by its interrelationship between myth and reality. As no other artist of the 20th century, he integrated ancient cultural traditions and mythical imaginative worlds into modern-day scientific and epistemological thinking. His exhibits' mysterious-spiritual aura not least stems from the fact that 'fields of knowledge' on the point of disappearing such as shamanism, alchemy, magic, cosmology, animism, naturopathy and natural myths found their way into his artistic creations and were even an integrated part of his way of thinking and acting. In Beuys' comprehensive oeuvre we constantly encounter spiritual rituals and shamanic practices. According to Beuys it is only through the inclusion of these rituals that a process of spiritual renewal of the individual and society becomes possible.
Via some 160 exhibits from public (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna) and private collections (Konzett Collection, Murken Collection, etc.), Kunsthalle Krems presents the shaman and naturalist Joseph Beuys. mehr

Peder Balke

Pioneer of Modernity 07/09/2008 - 15/02/2009

Nordkap, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norwegen, 2008

With the Norwegian artist Peder Balke the Kunsthalle Krems presents a radical landscape-painter of the late Turner-period, whose exceptional style of painting makes his works seminal for modernity. In his fascinating landscape- and sea-paintings of the north-norwegian coast Balke worked with brushes, wet-in-wet techniques or scraped directly into the paint. In cooperation with the important Danish museum Ordrupgaard the Kunsthalle Krems now shows the first one man show outside of Scandinavia.

Peder Balke's paintings seem to be bound to the romantic landscape-tradition of Caspar David Friedrich and the Norwegian painter Johan Christian Dahl, who used to be Balke's teacher for a certain time in the 1830's. But Balke emancipated himself from his teacher with his revolutionary style starting in the 1840s; his works are unusually and unique in technique and performance. They recall the late works of the English landscape painter William Turner, but Balke achieved his effect with different means. Also it is not certain, that Balke was familiar with Turner's paintings. In his record of a visit to London in 1849/50 Balke does not refer to this topic.

In summer 1832 Balke travelled to North-Norway. He returned deeply impressed by the overwhelming, sublime beauty of nature and in succession dedicated his entire artistic career to this impressions. "[…] the pen can not describe the illustrious and overwhelming impression, which the opulent beautys of nature and locations delivered to the eye and the mind – an impression, that not only caught me in the flush of the moment, but also had a significant influence onto my whole future life, as I never, not in a foreign country nor anywhere else in our country, had the opportunity to contemplate something so impressive and inspiring as what I have seen on this Finnmark-journey", Balke wrote in his autobiography. The artist didn't try to show the characteristical and typical of landscape and nature, as his teacher Johan Christian Dahl had required; he specifically worked with the monumental and exposed North-Norwegian coastline. From this examination originated paintings like 'From North Cape' (1860s), 'From Northland' or 'Seapainting', in which Balke creates unique effects with his unconventional techniques.

It was only in the 20th centuriy that Balkes unique way of handling with material was appreciated. In the 1990's the well-known danish painter Per Kirkeby wrote a book about the loner, who, following Kirkeby, did his fascinating nature-paintings with the instrument of illusion. Even though Balke, until now, is known only to a rather small circle of art-interested, he is not an unknown artist, which is prooved by his appreciation in the Louvre. Still the exhibition in the Kunsthalle Krems will be the first one man show outside of Scandinavia. The retrospective exhibit traces his way from the early 1830's, the formation of his unique style in the 1840's, the development of his virtuosity, to the radical works of the 1860's and shows his undoubted significance as pioneer of Modernity.

Significant loans from the National Museum Oslo, the National Museum Stockholm and other plubic and private lenders permitted the organisation of this exhibition.

Dieter Buchhart / Kunsthalle Krems

Peder Balke. Ein Pionier der Moderne, Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, € 19,00. In German and Danish


Duane Hanson

Sculptures of the American Dream 07/09/2008 - 01/03/2009

Man on a Mower, VBK Wien, 2008, Hanson Collection, Davie, Florida

In her main fall project the Kunsthalle Krems takes a sociocritical look on the 'American Way of Life'. Duane Hanson (1925-1996), one of the most influential realistic american sculptors of the 20th century, visualized the american everyday life with lifesized figures, true to detail, influenced by Pop Art. The role models for his sculptures were people of the american middle and lower class, they point out social and political nuisance. The human being in Hansons work became a skit, its solitude, despair, resignation and frustration became obvious. The Kunsthalle Krems shows about 30 sculptures, photo- and filmdocumentation, that illustrate Duane Hansons workflow.

Human beings are the main theme of Duane Hanson; his sculptures don't show well known persons but inconspicious average people, perishing in the crowd – housewives, building workers, waitresses, car dealers, caretaker. They are loosers in life and every day-heroes, 114 sculptures exist until today. From the late 1960s on Hanson built true-to-scale figures with fibre glass and polyester resin, he copied every skin fold accurately. He completed the finished sculptures with real clothing, wigs and accessories. Thus he created almost hyper-realistic scenes of american everyday life. Until today Hansons sculptures represent the stereotypes and prejudices stored in european brains concerning the american lifestyle. He transforms the reality of life into the realism of art, the untrue realness of his sculptures becomes everyday life in the real artworld of the museum.

Hanson owed his artistic breakthrough to his sculpture Abortion in 1965, which pictured the problem of illegal abortion. The artist expressed with his sculpture, which is also shown in the exhibition, his attitude as well as his frustration and the missing action of the government. The following years his works mainly showed social misery, racism and violence. Following this period Hanson started to create single types – representative for the society - and showed men with their solitude, desperation and helplessness. His figures seem lost, secluded, with downcast gaze and heavy standing. They are emotionally influenced by the consumer society, whose product they are and whose codes they reflect.

Hanson creates a connection between the sculpture and the observer. The relationship sender-receiver turns into a nonverbal communication, it creates a confusion of reality, fiction and perfect reflection. The observer is automatically reminded of his own experiences – perhaps with a policeman. Hanson toys with our imagination, addresses our empathy and creates thus a certain identification with his figures. The artist knows the american society from inside and shows the abortive utopia of the american dream, the divergence between hope and reality makes his sculptures a satire of themselves.

The exhibit is a cooperation with the Hanson Collection in Davie, Florida.

Dieter Buchhart / Kunsthalle Krems
Hartwig Knack / Kunsthalle Krems
Otto Letze / Institut für Kulturaustausch Tübingen

Duane Hanson. Sculptures of the American Dream, Hatje Cantz Verlag, € 25,00