An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...
Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...
Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...
Born in 1959 in Graz, Austria, lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
He studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna with Herbert Tasquil and Peter Weibel. In 2004, he became a professor at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Herbert Brandl’s works are characterised by an impressive presence, originality, and powerful use of colour. Oscillating between abstraction and figuration, his paintings range from mountains, rivers, forests, and hyenas to airy, abstract compositions with luminous colours. When Herbert Brandl brings nature’s atmospheric qualities into his pictures, painting and nature touch in moments of light, movement, perpetuating energy, and time. Even in his most abstract compositions, we imagine the sun breaking through the clouds, streams flowing, or leaves and meadows showing off their green. Brandl’s pictures are located at that point where the idea of a natural object and the emotionality of colour fields become one. He works with the physical conditions of colour, creating 'unintentional,' fresh pictures. His painting method is brisk, intuitive, and devoid of purposeful notions, and he 'concentrates like a Zen painter.' (Herbert Brandl) His finished works possess a striking spatiality and atmosphere, also in terms of light. They are compact, visual events of great painterly freedom as well as visionary pictures with an imaginary depth.
Herbert Brandl took part in the São Paulo Biennale in 1989 and the documenta IX in Kassel in 1992. In 2007, he represented Austria at the Venice Biennale.
Selected solo exhibtions: 1991 Kunsthalle Bern; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent; 1994 Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld; 1998 Secession, Vienna; 1999 Kunsthalle Basel; 2002 Künstlerhaus Graz und Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz; 2009 Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; 2010 Albertina, Vienna; 2012 Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna; 2016 Osthaus Museum Hagen; Haus der Kunst St. Josef, Solothurn.
Selected collections: Albertina, Vienna, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Museu Serralves, Porto, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz.
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