Tobias Pils

1971 · Austria

Artist biography

Tobias Pils is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born in Austria, like other celebrated artists such as The Estate Of Artur Nikodem, Alex Seton, Martin Tardy , Susanna Malinowsky, and Theresa Eipeldauer. Tobias Pils was born in 1971.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Tobias Pils' work, including galleries in countries like Switzerland and Germany. The galleries exhibiting Tobias Pils' work include Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich, Capitain Petzel in Berlin, as well as Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne. Tobias Pils' work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich (24 January 2020 until 13 March 2020) with the exhibition Adam & Eve. Tobias Pils' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Group exhibition (20 January 2018 - 24 February 2018) at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich and Solo show (06 May 2017 - 17 June 2017) at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich. Tobias Pils' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Solo show and took place at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich, Switzerland from the 06 May 2017 to 17 June 2017.

Historical Context of Austria

At the turn of the 20th century, Austria was among the most pioneering and culturally progressive countries. It fostered key developments in the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau, called Jugendstil in German, from around 1895 to 1910, forming a key 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 artists outside Austria, 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 fervently opposed to the dominance 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 labelled '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 significant exodus of creative talent who determined that their interests would be best served by moving to London or New York. In the twentieth century, key 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 Tobias Pils

Tobias Pils was born in 1971 and was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a key decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Tobias Pils

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