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POMERANZ COLLECTION

HEIMO ZOBERNIG

Untitled
1985
Oil on canvas
Series of 3
60 x 50 each
Inv. Nr. 34
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011

Born in 1958 in Mauthen, Austria
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria

Heimo Zobernig’s practice in painting, drawing, installation and video deals openly with questions regarding abstraction, exhibition display, context and his own image as an artist. Since the eighties, he has been interrogating the formal language and the social ideology of modernism. Following the precepts of Bauhaus and De Stijl, design and architecture are, according to him, utilitarian instruments that he tends to explore through theatrical and relational installations. For instance, he arranged the display of the Kunsthalle in Kassel with painted folding screens, during the documenta X in 1997. Through his installations, he questions the mechanism of exhibition and perception. On the other hand, his pictorial work deals with the survival of the modernist aesthetic vocabulary. His paintings recall the manner of major figures in the history of modern and post-modern geometric abstraction, such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers, Blinky Palermo or Imi Knoebel. Through this borrowing and repetition of designs, Zobernig is attempting to exhaust formal patterns so as to proceed to their revival.