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Born in 1958 in Mauthen, Austria.
Lives and works in Vienna.
Since his beginnings, Heimo Zobernig has used a variety of media and means of expression, including video, performance, painting, sculpture, installation, architecture and design.
His protean practice explores and shakes up the formal and theoretical language of modernism, constructivism and geometric abstraction. In his painting, he thus diverts the modernist aesthetics of the monochrome or the grid.
His interest in architecture and graphic design also reflects in his work, notably through the use of scenic devices such as fabric curtains or lighting to recreate monochrome environments for the exhibitions in which he installs his works*.
Catalogues are also an essential part of Zobernig's practice. He challenges the norms of editorial production and the conventions of representation by using displacement and shifts in his printed materials.
A key figure in the Austrian art scene and one of the most important artists of his generation, Heimo Zobernig has been teaching sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna for over twenty years.
Heimo Zobernig was awarded the Roswitha Haftmann Prize 2016, as a tribute to the incessant productivity and heterogeneity of his production, as well as to the eloquence of his work.
Heimo Zobernig's notable solo exhibitions include the MUMOK, Vienna (2021); Sharjah Art Museum (2018); Museum Ludwig, Köln (2016); Malmö Konsthall (2016); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2015); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, (2014); Mudam Luxembourg (2014); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2012); Kunsthalle Zürich (2011); CAPC, musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux (2009); Tate St. Ives, London (2008); Kunsthalle Basel (2003).
In 2015, Austria entrusted him with its pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale.
He was also featured in several international group shows: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2020); The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2019); Tate Modern, London (2019); Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2018); Kunsthalle Bern (2018); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2017); Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2016); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2014); OCAT, Shanghai (2014); Museum Ludwig, Köln (2012); Hermitage Museum Petersburg, St Petersburg (2010); The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2010); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009); Museion, Bolzano (2008); Santa Monica Museum of Art (2006); Witte de With Rotterdam (2005); Le Consortium, centre d’art contemporain, Dijon (2004), among others.
His works have joined the collections of the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Kunsthaus Graz; MAK, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Mumok, Vienna; S.M.A.K, Gent; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; CAPC, musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux; Brandhorst Museum, Munich; Museum Ludwig, Köln; Mudam, Luxembourg; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Mamco, Geneva; FRAC Nouvelle-Acquitaine — MÉCA, Bordeaux; FRAC Grand Large - Hauts-de-France.
*See the artist's solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich in 2011.