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  • Franz Graf. See What Sees You
    29 January - 25 May 2014

    21er Haus, Vienna, Austria Curated by: Severin Dünser and Veronika Chambas-Wolf Loans by Kontakt: Geta Bratescu, Towards White - Self-portrait, 1975 Press Release 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. With contributions amongst others by Marc Adrian, Ferdinand Andri, Raphaela Anouk, Nobuyoshi Araki, Magnús Árnason, Snorri Ásmundsson, Rudolf Bacher, Franz Barwig d. Ä., Lothar Baumgarten, Selina de Beauclair, William S. Burroughs, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Binär, Herbert Boeckl, Herbert Brandl, Geta Bratescu, Arik Brauer, Günter Brus, Nina Canell, Anna Ceeh, Tamara Dinka, Marcel Duchamp, Dejan Dukic, Valie Export, Helmut Federle, Padhi Frieberger, Ernst Fuchs, Walther Gamerith, August Gaul, Allen Ginsberg, Sara Glaxia, Gottfried Goebel, Karl Iro Goldblat, Martin Grandits, Fritz Grohs, Mario Grubisic, Kristján Guðmundsson, Tatjana Hardikov, Friedrich Hartlauer, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Rudolf Hausner, Florian Hecker, Herbert Hinteregger, Benjamin Hirte, Marcel Houf, Françoise Janicot, Ali Janka, Hildegard Joos, Donald Judd, Tillman Kaiser, Felix Kalmar, Mike Kelley, Richard Kern, Imi Knoebel, Zenita Komad, Svetlana Kopystiansky, Brigitte Kowanz, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Zofia Kulik, Doreen Kutzke, Marcellvs L., Eskil Loftsson, Daniel Löwenbrück, Victor Man, Mark Manders, Michaela Math, Paul McCarthy, Andrew M. McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Chiara Minchio, Milan Mladenovic, Klaus Mosettig, Otto Muehl, Wladd Muta, Gina Müller, Hermann Nitsch, Oswald Oberhuber, Goran Petercol, Rade Petrasevic, Raymond Pettibon, Begi Piralishvili, Natascha Plum, Rudolf Polanszky, Franz Pomassl, Arnulf Rainer, Konrad Rapf, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Dieter Roth, Alexander Ruthner, Nino Sakandelidze, Markus Schinwald, Eva Schlegel, Claudia Schumann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Frederike Schweizer, Björn Segschneider, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Linnéa Sjöberg, Dominik Steiger, Nino Stelzl, Curt Stenvert, Alexander Stern, Ida Szigethy, Lilli Thießen, Bjarni H. Thórarinsson, Manfred Unger, Franz Vana, Jannis Varelas, Peter Weibel, Herwig Weiser, Adam Wiener, Oswald Wiener, Judith Weratschnig, Stefan Wirnsperger, Iwona Zaborowska, Thomas Zipp and Heimo Zobernig. http://www.21erhaus.at/en/ausstellungen/ausstellungsvorschau/franz-graf-e152021