• Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation.


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Heidrun Holzfeind

Heidrun Holzfeind is an artist who explores selected thematic complexes with great analytic interest, rendering them accessible in an aesthetic and artistic sense via seemingly restrained but all the more precise means. One of Holzfeind’s emphases is on (frequently modernist or postwar-modernist) architectural projects, many of which were built as residential complexes designed to facilitate specific forms of urban cohabitation; she confronts such projects’ once-utopian aspirations with the social and political reality of the people who live there today. Holzfeind’s method has a documentary component: she shows her protagonists in their living situations and allows them to speak at length while herself remaining in the background. At the same time, though, she subtly brings her personal aesthetic reflections to bear in order to simultaneously convey political content between the lines. “Za Żelazną Bramą” (2009) is part of a trilogy about modernist residential complexes—two of them in the West, one of them in the (former-)communist East—aimed at evoking critical discussion of modernist promises with regard to urbanism and home living: In “Corviale, Il Serpentone” (2001), Holzfeind looks at the “Corviale” complex that was constructed between 1975 and 1982 on the outskirts of Rome, while her work “Za Zelezna Brama” focuses on a Warsaw residential project built between 1965 and 1972; both of these are based the urbanistic ideas of Le Corbusier. “Colonnade Park, Mies in Newark Revisited” (2011), on the other hand, is about the “Pavilion and Colonnade Apartments” built by Mies van der Rohe in Newark, New Jersey in 1960. Holzfeind composes portraits of the respective presences of these complexes and their inhabitants while at the same time showing the historical shifts and upheavals to which such projects, originally intended as ideal solutions, have been subject. And in doing so, she succeeds in placing urbanistic and sociopolitical elements that would seem to be peripheral, ignored, and forgotten at the center of attention.



Born in Lienz, Austria, 1972.

Holzfeind works as filmmaker. She studied Art History at the University of Vienna (Austria) from 1990 to 1992, and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1991 to 1996. Furthermore did she study at Cooper Union in New York City (USA) in 1995. Holzfeind has received several grants and awards, including the “Camera Austria Preis für zeitgenössische Fotografie der Stadt Graz” (2011) and the “Gerhard und Birgit Gmoser-Preis für Gegenwartskunst, Secession Wien” (2011).

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2012 “Strictly Private”, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

2010 “Behind the Iron Gate”, CCA, Ujazdowski castle, Warsaw, Poland

2009 “Heidrun Holzfeind”, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, the Netherlands

2008 “Mexico 68”, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico

2007 “CU / 68”, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

2005 “Exposed”, Artists Space (project room), New York City, USA

2002 “Alien”, Austrian Cultural Forum Rome, Rome, Italy

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2014 “Archives, Re-Assemblances, and Surveys", Camera Austria, Graz, Austria / Galerija Klovićevi dvori, Zagreb, Croatia

2011 “DEAR THICK & THIN”, ME contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010 Documentary Fortnight exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA

2009 “See this Sound”, Lentos Kuntsmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria

2008 “Rom Report“, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

2007 “After Architects”, Architekturmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2006 “What war?”, White Box, New York City, USA

2005 SKIF Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia

2004 “Alien4”, Minority Report, Festival of Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Denmark

2003 “Video Drive In”, Room Service, Agence d'Art Contemporain, Rennes, France

2002 “Prototypes”, Fondazione Olivetti, Rome, Italy

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Kinitsch, Christine, ed. 2012. Heidrun Holzfeind: strictly private. Vienna: BAWAG Contemporary. [Exhib. Cat., BAWAG Contemporary (Feb. 09-Apr. 01, 2012)]




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