29 Jan - 25 May 2014
See What Sees You
29 January - 25 May 2014
Franz Graf (born in Tulln in 1954) lives and works in Vienna and the Waldviertel region in Lower Austria. He studied with Oswald Oberhuber at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. From 1979 to 1984, he cooperated closely with Brigitte Kowanz. Between 1997 and 2006, he was a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
His works are black and white and depict figures and abstract ornaments. Frequently, the basic shapes he uses are circles combined with letters, word fragments and quotes – his art is material poetry. Graf brings together drawings, photographs, audio and video art, prints and objects from daily life to create open systems that form aesthetic spaces of experience rather than multimedia installations.
For his exhibition at the 21er Haus in Vienna, Graf entangles the many levels of his oeuvre again to juggle emptiness and abundance, black-and-white contrasts, fine delicate details and large iconic, archaic and modern elements in his signature style.
For this purpose, he produces a new series of works that is juxtaposed with pieces by international and national contemporary artists as well as with works from the collections of the Belvedere and of the artist himself. The sum of these parts not only forms an exuberant exhibition in the main hall of the 21er Haus, but also a stage on which Franz Graf will permanently extend his installation throughout the duration of the exhibition. Additionally, it will host performances and collaborative art productions every other week.
The exhibition presents works by Franz Graf and
contributions by other artists, including Marc Adrian, Estera Alicehajic, Ferdinand Andri, Anouk Lamm Anouk, Nobuyoshi Araki, Magnús Árnason, Snorri Ásmundsson, Rudolf Bacher, Franz Barwig d. Ä., Lothar Baumgarten, Joseph Beuys, Selina de Beauclair, James Lee Byars, William S. Burroughs, Tamara Dinka, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Binär, Herbert Boeckl, Herbert Brandl, Geta Brătescu, Arik Brauer, Günter Brus, John Cage, Nina Canell, Anna Ceeh, Ernst Caramelle, Larry Clark, Tamara Dinka, Marcel Duchamp, Dejan Dukic, Rudolf Eb.er& Joke Lanz, Valie Export, Helmut Federle, Padhi Frieberger, Ernst Fuchs, Walther Gamerith, August Gaul, John Geesin & Roger Waters, Gelatin, Liam Gillick & Corinne Jones, Allen Ginsberg, Sara Glaxia, Gottfried Goebel, Karl Iro Goldblat, Martin Grandits, Fritz Grohs, Mario Grubisic, Kristján Guðmundsson, The Hafler Trio, Tatjana Hardikov, Friedrich Hartlauer, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Rudolf Hausner, Florian Hecker, André Heller, Herbert Hinteregger, Benjamin Hirte, Marcel Houf, Françoise Janicot, Ali Janka, Robert Jelinek, Hildegard Joos, Donald Judd, Just Another Asshole, Tillman Kaiser, Felix Kalmar, Allan Kaprow, Mike Kelley, Richard Kern, Martin Kippenberger, Imi Knoebel, Franz Koglmann/Bill Dixon, Zenita Komad, Svetlana Kopystiansky, Brigitte Kowanz, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Zofia Kulik, Doreen Kutzke, Paul Mccarthy, Metronom, Milan Mladenovic, Marcellvs L., Bruce LaBruce, Eskil Loftsson, Daniel Löwenbrück, Sarah Lucas & Julian Simmons, Victor Man, Mark Manders, Michaela Math, Marshal! Yeti, Otto Maurer, Paul McCarthy, Andrew M. McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Memling, Cecil Meng, Merzbow, Rune Mields, Chiara Minchio, Milan Mladenovic, Klaus Mosettig, Otto Muehl, Wladd Muta, Gina Müller, Hermann Nitsch, Oswald Oberhuber, Erik Oppenheim & David Kelleran, Charlemagne Palestine, Manfred Pernice,Goran Petercol, Rade Petrasevic, Raymond Pettibon, Begi Piralishvili, Natascha Plum, Rudolf Polanszky, Franz Pomassl, Arnulf Rainer, Konrad Rapf, Jason Rhodes, Paul-Julien Robert, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Dieter Roth, Alexander Ruthner, Gerhard Rühm, Kurt Rylavy, Nino Sakandelidze, Ed Sanders, Markus Schinwald, Eva Schlegel, Conrad Schnitzler, Philipp Schöpke, Claudia Schumann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Frederike Schweizer, Björn Segschneider, Jim Shaw & Benjamin Weissman, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Linnéa Sjöberg, Dominik Steiger, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Linnéa Sjöberg, Dominik Steiger, Nino Stelzl, Curt Stenvert, Alexander Stern, Rudolf Stingel, Martina Stoian, Ida Szigethy, Lilli Thießen, Bjarni H. Thórarinsson, Manfred Unger, Hubert Vana, Jannis Varelas, Walter Vopava, Wolf Vostell, Peter Weibel, Herwig Weiser, Adam Wiener, Oswald Wiener, John Wiese, Judith Weratschnig, Stefan Wirnsperger, Eva Wohlgemuth, Helmuth Wolech, Iwona Zaborowska, Thomas Zipp und Heimo Zobernig.