• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Heimo Zobernig

Heimo Zobernig subjects the postulates and premises of Modernism to critical enquiry, at the same time as questioning the criteria for attributing an object the status of “art”. With his particular interest in abstraction, he acts against the backdrop of two diametrically opposed positions of the twentieth century: that of emotional, symbolic charging of abstract forms and colours on the one hand, and, on the other, that of a belief in the potential for connotation-free legibility of this vocabulary. The latter played a shaping role in Minimal Art, whose claim to a pure aesthetic phenomenology Zobernig has critically examined or undermined on several occasions. His industrial standard format chipboard lying on the floor and his angle made of chipboard are examples of this. Like the Minimalists, Zobernig works here with industrially manufactured materials; but as well as being less stable and durable—and thus less heroic or monumental—than the metals used by the Minimalists, his pieces of chipboard also bear associations with the construction of furniture and stage props.


1958, Mauthen / AT

Zobernig studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Austria) from 1977 to 1980, and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna from 1980 to 1983. After two visiting professorships in Germany, he has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna since 1999. In 1993 he received the “Otto Mauer Prize” and 1997 the “City of Vienna Prize”.

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2016 "wood painting", Kunsthalle Malmö, Sweden

2015 Austrian Pavilion, 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Italy & Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

2014 Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

2012 "Heimo Zobernig", Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid

2011 “ohne Titel (in red)“, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

2010 “Permanent Reversal“, Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane, Australia

2009 “Heimo Zobernig and the Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation“, Centre of Modern Art, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

2008 “Heimo Zobernig. Total Design “, MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria

2007 “Heimo Zobernig“, Meyer Kainer Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2006 “Heimo Zobernig“, Juana de Aizpuru Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2005 “Heimo Zobernig“, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

2004 “Heimo Zobernig“, Christian Nagel Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2003 “Heimo Zobernig“, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

2002 “Heimo Zobernig“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2016 "Painting 2.0. Expression in the Information Age", mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Austria 

2015 "Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

2014 "In NO time", The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK

2013 "GEO-NEO-POST", Vasarely Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary

2011 “unExhibit“, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria

2010 “Long Time No See“, Brno House of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic

2009 “Best of Austria“, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria

2008 “The Art of the Real“, Art Collection Edith & Mark Vanmoerkerke“, Oostende, Belgium

2007 “Paul Klee - Theatre here, there and everywhere“, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

2006 “Every Day … another artist/ work/ show“, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

2005 “Light Art from Artificial Light“, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

2004 “before the end“, Le Cosortium - Contemporary Art Center, Dijon, France 

2003 “Night and Day plays them all“, Galerie & Edition Atelier, Graz, Austria

2002 “Minimalism and After“, Daimler Chrysler Collection, Berlin, Germany

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Küng, Moritz et al., eds. 2011. Die fünfte Säule. Vienna: Secession [Exhib. Cat., Secession (Sept. 9-Nov. 20, 2011)]


Heimo Zobernig. 2003. Engl./Germ. Curated by Eva Badura-Triska. Cologne: König [Exhib. Cat., Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (Dec. 7, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003), Kunsthalle Basel (Apr. 5-Jun. 23, 2003), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf (Jul. 12-Nov. 2, 2003)]


Pohlen, Annelie, ed. 1998. Kunst und Text: Heimo Zobernig. Leipzig: Verlag der Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst [Exhib. Cat., Bonner Kunstverein (Feb. 17- Apr. 12, 1998), Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (Nov. 23, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999), Kunstverein München (1999)]


Nathusius, Caroline, ed. 1992. Heimo Zobernig. Cologne: Galerie Kubinski.

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