Heimo Zobernig

1958 · Austria

Artist biography

Heimo Zobernig is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Austria, like other artists such as Thomas Stimm, Szymon Olszowski, Klaus Scherübel, Richard Kaplenig, and Israel Hershberg. Heimo Zobernig was born in 1958.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Heimo Zobernig's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like Italy, France, and Switzerland. The galleries exhibiting Heimo Zobernig's work include Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna, Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris, and Galleria Gentili in Firenze. Heimo Zobernig's work has most recently been exhibited at Simon Lee | London in the United Kingdom (18 July 2019 until 30 August 2019) with the exhibition En Plein Air. Heimo Zobernig's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna (16 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) with the name 1.Color 2.Hole and 3.Joke. Selected works on paper and Galerie Emanuel Layr in Vienna (14 September 2018 - 03 November 2018) with the name ELEVATIONS. Heimo Zobernig's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called HEIMO ZOBERNIG "HEIMO ZOBERNIG" and took place at Galerie Nagel Draxler in Berlin, Germany from the 29 April 2017 to 17 June 2017.

Heimo Zobernig in private collections

On Artland, Daniel Cardani includes works by Heimo Zobernig, but also others by Sarah Derat, Willy Spiller, and Sissi Farassat, critically acclaimed artists and prominent figures of the Art World.

Historical Context of Austria

At the start of the twentieth century, Austria was among the most pioneering and culturally progressive countries. It fostered important developments in the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau, called Jugendstil in German, from around 1895 to 1910, forming an important bridge between the nineteenth century and the onset of modernism. This kind of progressive, avant-garde thinking led directly into the Viennese Secession movement, one of the key art and design movements of the early twentieth century. It was founded in 1897 by a group of Austrian painters, graphic artists, sculptors and architects, including Josef Hoffman Koloman Moser, Otto Wagner, and Gustave Klimt, when artists resigned, en masse, from the Association of Austrian Artists in protest against its support for more traditional artistic styles. and an exchange of ideas with international artists, disputing artistic nationalism, renewing the decorative arts and, most crucially, creating a "total art (Gesamtkunstwerk)" that unified painting, architecture, and the decorative arts. The group was vehemently opposed to the domination of the official Vienna Academy of the Arts (the Vienna Künstlerhaus), and official art salons, with their traditional orientation toward Historicism. Ultimately the group broke apart, the decorative artists choosing instead to focus on a new guild called the Wiener Werkstatte. In the late 1930s, Austria was annexed by the developing force of Hitler's Nazi Germany, an act known as the Anschluss, and which organised Austria into a province of a greater German Reich. During this period, like in Germany, the Avant-garde was named 'Entartete Kunst', translating to 'degenerate art', and was oppressed with only 'official' social realist art being approved, or even allowed by the state. Consequently, there was a great exodus of creative talent who determined that their interests would be best served by moving to London or New York. In the 20th century, important Austrian artists included Josef Hoffman, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Herbert Bayer (the typography and graphic design pioneer of the Bauhaus), architect and designer Josef Frank, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Maria Lassnig, Hermann Nitsch, Arnulf Rainer, Franz West and Erwin Wurm.

Further Biographical Context for Heimo Zobernig

Heimo Zobernig was born in 1958 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. n Japan and Korea, artists associated with the Mono-Ha movement focused on encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, arranging them in mostly unaltered, ephemeral conditions. The works focused on the interplay between these various elements and the surrounding space, and had a strong focus upon the European ideas of phenomenology.

Heimo Zobernig

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