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b. 1958, Austria

Heimo Zobernig Biography

The work of Heimo Zobernig (b. 1958, Mauthen, Austria) spans an array of media, from architectural intervention and installation, through performance, film and video, to sculpture and painting. His practice across all these forms is connected by an interrogation of the formal language of modernism, at its most familiar in the tropes of the monochrome and the grid, yet also concerned with Constructivism, colour theory and geometric abstraction. His riffs on these themes spill out from his paintings into sculptures, videos and room installations. Zobernig fundamentally subverts the high modernist ideal of the monochrome, compromising its aesthetic purity with the introduction of elements of the decorative, the functional, or the lightly comic.

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An education in set design invested the artist with an interest in architecture and display: elements of mise-en-scène run throughout his practice, informing the way in which he installs and exhibits his multi-faceted oeuvre. He frequently uses fabric curtains or light to create monochromatic environments within which his works are installed. His playful and inquisitive sculptures, often minimal, expand this monochromatic field. Such subversive approaches to traditional gallery architecture and the unconventional use of space serves to underline Zobernig’s fascination with the framing of his art, both physically and conceptually, generating a performative quality that questions pre-existing art historical and ideological concerns.

Text courtesy Simon Lee Gallery.

Exhibition view: Heimo Zobernig, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna (6 November–19 December 2020). Courtesy Galerie Meyer Kainer. 

Heimo Zobernig Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Heimo Zobernig contemporary artwork
Heimo ZobernigUntitled, 2014Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
untitled by Heimo Zobernig contemporary artwork
Heimo Zoberniguntitled, 2020Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Galerie Meyer Kainer Contact Gallery
untitled by Heimo Zobernig contemporary artwork
Heimo Zoberniguntitled, 2020Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Galerie Meyer Kainer Contact Gallery
Untitled by Heimo Zobernig contemporary artwork
Heimo ZobernigUntitled, 2020Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Heimo Zobernig contemporary artwork
Heimo ZobernigUntitled, 2012Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Heimo Zobernig contemporary artwork
Heimo ZobernigUntitled, 2018Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Heimo Zobernig contemporary artwork
Heimo ZobernigUntitled, 2014Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Untitled by Heimo Zobernig contemporary artwork
Heimo ZobernigUntitled, 2014Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery

Heimo Zobernig Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Heimo Zobernig, Heimo Zobernig at Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna
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6 November 2020–20 February 2021 Heimo Zobernig Galerie Meyer KainerVienna
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, WORDS at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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10–31 July 2020 Group Exhibition WORDS Simon Lee GalleryLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, WORDS at Simon Lee Gallery, Online Only, Hong Kong
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22 June–19 July 2020 Group Exhibition WORDS Simon Lee GalleryOnline Only

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Heimo Zobernig In Ocula Magazine

Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Feature Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See By Tessa Moldan, Hong Kong

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Heimo Zobernig In Related Press

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Heimo Zobernig’s work crosses media, from architectural intervention and installation, through performance, film and video, to sculpture and painting. His practice across all these forms is connected by an interrogation of the formal language of modernism, at its most familiar in the tropes of the monochrome and the grid. It is remarkable...

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