Credit: Bildrecht Wien
Ingeborg Strobl’s work is to be read as a narrative continued, as a fabric where each thread is interwoven with another. Appropriating, highlighting and correlating are all mainstays of the approach with which she charges her material with new meaning. Strobl’s principal media include collage, photography, offset print/artist’s book, watercolor and video. But her oeuvre also comprises large-scale art-in-architecture designs. When working on small-scale formats, she does so out of conviction, taking a deliberate stand against overproduction, consumption and wasted resources. The trivial and the incidental, the objects found along the wayside of life, the unintentional poetry of nature and the unconscious curiosity of human endeavor are all captured in the fine meshwork of Strobl’s attention and then, artistically rendered, in the exhibition space itself.
Leading Austrian art houses have dedicated solo exhibitions to Strobl’s works, including the Vienna Secession (1992) and the Kunsthaus Bregenz (1999). She is also the recipient of several art prizes. In 1987, she founded the influential group Die Damen with Ona B., Evelyne Egerer and Birgit Jürgenssen, and remained a member until 1992.
Ingeborg Strobl continues the series of solo exhibitions featuring Austria’s leading contemporary artists at the LENTOS Art Museum. For the large exhibition hall at LENTOS she has created a presentation that freely associates works from all phases of her oeuvre.
Curator: Stella Rollig
until 18 September 2016
Credit: Reinhard Haider
The complex work by the painter Béatrice Dreux moves in a space of personal experience and negotiates political-social themes at the same time. Her oeuvre is figurative painting, yet the works describe no situations, tell no stories. Instead, they test painting as a critical stance. They take up archaic motifs to newly formulate them in a contemporary way: woman, goddess, seer, animal and plant are central. In the intense colors of Béatrice Dreux’s pictures “there beats an angry gaiety”, which the philosopher George Steiner senses in all substantial art-acts.
Béatrice Dreux’s first solo museum exhibition brings together her most recent series of works with reference pictures from earlier years. The artist, who was born in 1972 in France, lives and works in Vienna.
Guest Curator: Robert Fleck
until 2 October 2016
Credit: Philipp Greindl
RAUM LENTOS: Julia Tazreiter
A liaison of acoustic signals and water turns the LENTOS Reading Room into a sound composition. Water drips onto an audio cable, thus triggering small short circuits, which are acoustically amplified to become audible. Different drop speeds and chance determine the constant minor changes in the composition. Julia Tazreiter thus draws our attention to everyday phenomena, situations, and noises that are all too often hidden, avoided, and ignored. The arrangement of the cables results in a focus on their details, imbuing them with a sculptural dimension at the same time.
RAUM LENTOS is the fast and unpredictable format of LENTOS Kunstmuseum operating at the interface between music, performance and fine arts. Sound art plays an increasingly vital and reinterpreted role in the museum’s context.
Curator: Magnus Hofmüller
About the artist: Julia Tazreiter, born in 1986 in Waidhofen on the Ybbs, lives and works in Vienna. She studied digital art and art and design education at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Julia Tazreiter is interested in site-specific interventions and works with found materials, objects, situations and spaces in the media of photography, text, language, sound, installation and performance. Her focus here is on the transformation of everyday objects. Familiar things and phenomena frequently appear in her work used in an unfamiliar way, so that unusual combinations result in new situations.
until 18 September 2016