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b. 1971, Austria

Florian Pumhösl Biography

Florian Pumhösl processes the tropes of art, architecture and graphics of the modernist avant-garde to create new aesthetic systems through painting, film and installation. He addresses the legacy of modernism through its canon of abstract visual language, from utopian architectural plans and buildings to innovations in publishing, the politics implicit in exhibitions and the motifs of early experimental filmmaking. In a series of minimal glass paintings, geometrical shapes float in space, while their titles – including Plakat (Poster), Seite (Page) and Aushang (Notice) – identify the shapes as reductions of typographical elements from the 1920s. Where their original function was to aid interpretation of a text, here they are devoid of text and interpretation proliferates, striking a chord with abstract artists such as Josef Albers and Walter Dexel. In OA 1979-3-5-036, 2007, Pumhösl converted a 17th-century Japanese Kimono pattern catalogue into a 16mm animated film, selecting, simplifying and rearranging the patterns in order to ultimately arrive at a typology of fragments. Again, the title grounds the work in research: it is the British Library catalogue number for the original source. Moving between countries and media, Pumhösl picks up the skins shed between prototypes and artefacts, in readings that undermine the possibility of closed cultures.

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Florian Pumhösl was born in Vienna in 1971, where he lives and works. He studied at the Höhere Grafische Bundeslehr und Versuchsanstalt Wien (1989–91) and the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst Wien (1989–97). Solo exhibitions include Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, 2012, the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012, Mumok, Vienna, 2011, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2010, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, 2009, Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen, 2005–6, Secession, Vienna, 2000. He participated in documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007) and São Paulo Biennial (2006).

Text courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Florian Pumhösl Featured Artworks

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Prototype for Canal/Saltern II by Florian Pumhösl contemporary artwork
Florian PumhöslPrototype for Canal/Saltern II, 2017Zinc sheet, lacquer
187 x 183 x 15 cm
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Prototype for Canal/Saltern I by Florian Pumhösl contemporary artwork
Florian PumhöslPrototype for Canal/Saltern I, 2017Zinc sheet, lacquer
192 x 193 x 5 cm
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Study (French Brick) by Florian Pumhösl contemporary artwork
Florian PumhöslStudy (French Brick), 2018Plaster
34 x 25 x 4 cm
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Studie (French Brick) by Florian Pumhösl contemporary artwork
Florian PumhöslStudie (French Brick), 2018Plaster
34 x 26 x 4 cm
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Various volumes by Florian Pumhösl contemporary artwork
Florian PumhöslVarious volumes, 20186 parts, plaster
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Studie (French Brick) by Florian Pumhösl contemporary artwork
Florian PumhöslStudie (French Brick), 2018Plaster
33.5 x 20 x 3 cm
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2-teiliges Element by Florian Pumhösl contemporary artwork
Florian Pumhösl2-teiliges Element, 2018Gouache on plaster
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Relief X (for Dresden Raum) by Florian Pumhösl contemporary artwork
Florian PumhöslRelief X (for Dresden Raum), 2016–2017Plaster
38 x 29 cm
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Florian Pumhösl Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Florian Pumhösl, Florian Pumhösl at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
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8 June–1 September 2018 Florian Pumhösl Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Silke Otto-Knapp, Florian Pumhösl, Ratio of distance at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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22 November–20 December 2014 Silke Otto-Knapp, Florian Pumhösl Ratio of distance Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

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Fine line: London’s Lisson Gallery hosts a show of line-inspired artwork Related Press Fine line: London’s Lisson Gallery hosts a show of line-inspired artwork 25 January 2016, Wallpaper*

Artists have, of course, done many marvellous things with the continuous line. They have taken it places, crawling off the page or squiggling into three dimensions, becoming a physical thing of itself, freed of representational duties. Line, a new show at the Lisson Gallery in London, guest curated by Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane of the Drawing...

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