ART COLOGNE 2020

For our appearance at this year's ART COLOGNE we planned to give an overview of the artists we are representing, focusing on Austrian artists since our foundation in 1977. With many of our artists we have been working for decades, some of them got included in our portfolio quite recently.

In addition to some of the most important, internationally renowned contemporary artists from Austria, including Bruno Gironcoli, Hermann Nitsch, Walter Pichler, Arnulf Rainer and Franz West, likewise significant international positions  always in a cultural context  complement our profile, such as John M Armleder, Günther Förg, Jürgen Klauke and Tal R.
The list of a younger generation of artists, from Herbert Brandl, Carmen Brucic, Thomas Feuerstein, Michael Kienzer to Florin Kompatscher, was supplemented this year by the representation of Mai-Thu Perret.
Our recent addition we just stared working with in mid-2020, are two emerging artists: Julia Haugeneder and Johannes Kofler

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Éva Bodnár was born in Budapest in 1952. Between 1973 and 1976, she studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, where she also met her future husband and artist colleague Walter Obholzer. A little later, in Vienna, after a once more successful entrance exam, Bodnár continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and, in 1981, graduated in the master class of Wolfgang Hollegha, whose basic premise – to reflect before and after painting, but not while doing it – found entrance into Bodnár’s own modus operandi. Éva Bodnár lives as a freelance artist in Vienna. Since 2002, she has been teaching a drawing class at the Academy of Fine Arts and is supporting her students in activating their very own drawing and painting machine.

Julia Bornefeld, born 1963 in Kiel, lives and works in Berlin and Bruneck. The multimedia artist is present in Innsbruck's public space with some works, installations and sculptures as well as performances. Like "grundlos_glücklich" from 2009. When Bornefeld acted as a hostess, positioning a red-and-white chequered parlour table in a container, letting three girls dressed in chequered aprons and plumeaus around in a red Fiat 500, a seemingly tourist attraction through the city centre. In 2010, "Goldener Rahmen" was set up in front of Museum Ferdinandeum, which still forms a much-used selfie motif. "Burning Supper" in Innsbruck's St. Jakob Cathedral was installed in 2012 and in 2019 Bornefeld shows her work "Ephemere", a chandelier made of thousands of cent-pieces, in Innsbruck's baroque hospital church.
Julia Bornefeld has been awarded numerous art prizes and has been exhibiting internationally since the 1990s, including solo exhibitions in 2004 Kunstverein Marburg, 2011 Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum and Stadtgalerie Kiel, 2014 ZKM Karlsruhe, 2017 Augsburger Kunstverein, 2019 with the light installation "Matrix" at Museion in Bolzano. 2014 Bornefeld creates the sculpture "Melaton 45" on behalf of Max Hollein for the exhibition Little Nemo curated by Hollein in the gallery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Vienna.

Herbert Brandl, born 1959 in Graz, lives and works in Vienna. 1978 Studies at the Academy for Applied Arts Vienna with Peter Weibel and Herbert Tasquil, Professor at the Academy of Arts Düsseldorf 2004-2019. Numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1981, e.g. 1986 "Hacken im Eis" Kunsthalle Bern and Museum of the 20th Century Vienna; 1990 Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; 1991 Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Ghent; 1992 documenta IX Kassel; 1993" The broken mirrors" Kunsthalle Vienna and Deichtorhallen Hamburg; 1998 "Herbert Brandl Secession" Secession Vienna; 1999 Kunsthalle Basel (solo); 2002 "Herbert Brandl Panorama" Kunstraum Innsbruck; 2002 "There is no last picture. Painting after 1968" Museum of Contemporary Art Basel; 2005 "China return" MUMOK Vienna; 2007 Austrian Pavilion La Biennale di Venezia (solo); 2009 Deichtorhallen Hamburg (solo); 2009/2010 "Herbert Brandl. Mountains and Landscapes. Monotypes" Albertina Vienna; 2010 "Painting: Process and Expansion" MUMOK Vienna; 2011 Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna (solo); 2012 "Abstraction/Figuration", Austrian Contemporary Art, Sochi Art Museum, Sochi; 2013 Gifts to the Ferdinandeum, Tyrol Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum Innsbruck; 2014 "Pure Water" Lentos Art Museum, Linz; 2015 "Homelandjoe and the holy farmer monos" Greith-Haus, St. Ulrich (solo); 2016 "Herbert Brandl, House of Art" St. Josef Solothurn; 2016/2017 "diagonal to vertical" arlberg1800 Contemporary Art & Concert Hall; 2017 "Hyena Break" Museum Franz Gertsch (solo).
He has had a long and fruitful collaboration with Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman since "Pittura Austriae. Positions from Austria. II/III" 2000, with highly acclaimed publications and solo exhibitions such as "Spektrolith" 2010, "Volcano, Khyber and Katana" 2013, and "Summer Snow" 2016, and joint projects, such as publication and exhibition of the "monotypes 2009/2010" at the Albertina Vienna or the exhibition with huge formats at Hospiz am Arlberg 2016/2017.
In 2020 Museum Belvedere 21 Vienna, Künstlerhaus Graz and Halle für Kunst und Medien Graz dedicated large solo exhibitions to Herbert Brandl.

Maria Brunner, born 1962 in Lienz, Osttirol, lives and works in Berlin. 1980-1985 University of Applied Arts Vienna. Since 1987 international exhibitions, e.g. 2010 Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, 2005 BAWAG Foundation Vienna, 2004 Lombard-Freid Fine Arts New York, Maximilianmuseum Augsburg, Cook Fine Art New York, 2003 Kjubh Kunstverein Cologne, 1997 Gallery David Zwirner New York, Academy of Arts Berlin, August Sander Archive Cologne, Kunstverein in Hamburg – and solo shows 2014 Gallery Gisela Capitain Cologne, 2013 "Klar Schilf zum Geflecht" Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Innsbruck/Vienna, 2012 "Der Himmel hatte Fieber" Kunstverein Offenburg-Mittelbaden (with Florin Kompatscher), 2011 Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Innsbruck, 2010 "I’m glad I’m not me" Kunst Forum Rottweil, 2009 Galerie Gisela Capitain Cologne, 2008 "Auf den Knien meines Herzens" Kunstverein Heilbronn, 1999 Galerie im Taxispalais Innsbruck.

Thomas Feuerstein, born in Innsbruck in 1968, lives in Vienna, studied art history and philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, doctorate 1995. From 1992 to 1994 co-editor, with Klaus Strickner, of the magazine Medien.Kunst.Passagen, published by Passagen Verlag Vienna. 1992 founded the office for intermedia communication transfer and the association medien.kunst.tirol. 1992 and 1993 research commissions from the Austrian Ministry of Science on art in electronic space and art and architecture. Since 1997 lectures and seminars at the University of Innsbruck, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Bern, F + F Zurich, Technical College Intermedia Dornbirn, University Mozarteum Salzburg, University of Applied Arts Vienna. 2006 Art Award Raiffeisen- Landesbank Tirol, Innsbruck.
Feuerstein was awarded the Österreichische Kunstpreis für Medienkunst 2019. Since the summer semester 2020 he has been professor for artistic discourse at the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck. Recent exhibitions: 2020 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (group); BIWAKO BIENNALE 2020, Hikone city und Omihachiman City, Japan; Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Innsbruck (solo); KWADRAT, Berlin (group); CAFA Art Museum (CAFAM), Beijing (group); 2019 Musée d'art contemporain - MAC Lyon; 15e Biennale de Lyon; Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck (group); ZHI Art Museum Chengdu (group); Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna (solo); Vienna Biennale for Change, MAK Wien; Berlin, Galerie im Körnerpark.

Michael Kienzer
, born in Steyr, Upper Austria, in 1962; 2001 Otto Mauer Award; 2012 Austrian State Prize for Visual Arts; 2013 Anerkannt. Etabliert. Angekommen. Art Austria Award; lives and works in Vienna. Numerous international exhibitions and public art projects since 1984, e.g. 2005 "Neue Immobilie"n MAK Wien; 2007 "Vor Ort" Museum für Gegenwartskunst Stift Admont; 2009 "Out site_02" MUMOK Wien; 2010 "Malerei: Prozess und Expansion" MUMOK Wien; 2010 Triennale Linz; 2010 "Linea" Kunsthaus Zug; 2011 "Fünf Räume" Austrian Cultural Forum New York; 2011 54th Biennale di Venezia Glasstress Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti; 2012 "Logik und Eigensinn" Kunsthaus Graz; 2014 "Gironcoli + Kienzer" Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Innsbruck; 2016 "24 von 274.668 Tagen" Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche; 2016 "ABSTRAKT – SPATIAL. Malerei im Raum" Kunsthalle Krems; 2016 "The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics" Henry Moore Institute Leeds; 2017 "Lose Dichte" Gerhard-Marcks-Haus Bremen; 2017 "Lärm und Linien" Kunsthaus Zug.

Florin Kompatscher
, born in Bolzano, Italy, in 1960, studied with Carl Unger and Adolf Frohner at the Academy of Applies Arts in Vienna from 1981 to 1986. Since then, he has had numerous international exhibitions, which left a lasting echo in the public mind not least for many a catchy title, such as "Genie out of the bottle" (Haverkampf, Berlin, 2018), "schleie farbe lief" (Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Vienna, 2018), "Fluss ohne Ufer" (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2018), "Trip de Roche" (Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, 2012), "Der Himmel hatte Fieber" (Kunstverein Offenburg-Mittelbaden, 2012), "Wake Up Before You Go Purple" (Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich, 2010), "Die Scherbe des Himmels" (Galerie Strickner, Vienna, 2010), "My Brain is on an Elevator" (Galerie Eva Bracke, Berlin, 2009), "Der scharfe Rand der Erde" (Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Innsbruck, 2008), "Purple & Asphalt" (Forum Kunst, Rottweil, 2007), "Alles Andere ist wahr" (Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, 2006), "Die Lange Heimat" (Kunstverein Heilbronn, 2006), or "dumdidldauda" (kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne, 2002), to mention but a few. Following several stays abroad, in Rome, Madrid, and Paris, each lasting for several years, Florin Kompatscher, together with his wife Maria Brunner, has been living in Berlin since 2003.

Hermann Nitsch, born in Vienna, Austria, in 1938, lives in Prinzendorf, Lower Austria. 1989-1995 professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt am Main. 
Hermann Nitsch is regarded as the most important initiator of Viennese Actionism. As early as 1957 he developed his idea of the Orgien-Mysterien-Theater (OMT). This project, which is based on the idea of a Gesamtkunstwerk, including painting, architecture and music, and which, based on Greek mystery festivals, aims at a cartharsis (purification), determines his artistic work. In 1971 he acquired Schloss Prinzendorf in Lower Austria and held his annual performances and actions there, which reached their climax in August 1998 with the first performance of the entire 6-day play. In the late 50s and early 60s he was engaged in painting, but from 1960 onwards he also organised his first "theatrical painting actions". Until the 1980s Nitsch devoted himself exclusively to the realisation of his idea of the Orgien-Mysterien-Theater, later he began to produce autonomous paintings again.
In our most recent exhibition in Vienna in 2019 (together with JULIAN SCHNABEL) we presented a conceptual dialogue between the technical aspects of Hermann Nitsch’s theory to actionist art and his subsequent painterly Ouevre. While the Albertina exhibition in 2019 presented the products of the painting actions, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Vienna provided the documentary part of his actions as "Gesamtkunstwerke". Besides early drawings, prints and colour scales, the presentation included photographic documents of early actions, which make palpable their intensive atmosphere, as well as relics of performed works, and also scores.

Mai-Thu Perret, born 1976 Geneva, Switzerland, has been exhibiting internationally since the early 2000s. Her works have featured in numerous solo exhibitions, e.g. at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019), Spike Island, Bristol (2019), MAMCO, Geneva (2018), NICC, Brussels (2017), Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2016), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aargau (2011), Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2011), The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2009), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen (2008), The Kitchen, New York (2008) and Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2007). Participation in international group exhibitions, e.g. at Times Art Center Berlin (2019), DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2019), Fondation CAB, Brussels (2019), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018), Kunsthaus Zürich (2018), Kunsthalle Basel (2018). Perret’s work forms part of the collection of many major institutions. She lives and works in Geneva.