Processes of artistic production and material aesthetics as well as the examination of display and architecture or the challenge of the working mechanisms of museums and galleries can all be found in Heimo Zobernig’s work. Even the catalogue’s graphic design is subject to this system and thus becomes an important part of Zobernig’s artistic practice.
This publication, designed by Heimo Zobernig for his exhibition at the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (June 19, 2021 - October 17, 2021), is a conceptual companion piece to the book accompanying the 2003 retrospective, which Zobernig humorously titled Katerlog—a formal counterpart, as the artist again uses the Din-A4 format and the Helvetica font, but also—and importantly—a companion in terms of content, as it continues the painstakingly encyclopedic lists of Zobernig’s artistic work and exhibition practice up to the very date of publication (albeit absent any claims to completeness). The publication thus spans Zobernig’s wide range of artistry and media, while at the same time remaining skeptical of any attempt to be “scientific”.
Along with short descriptions of the installations and exhibitions from 2003 to 2021 and numerous illustrations, the comprehensive, approximately 400-page publication contains a preface by Karola Kraus and in-depth essays by renowned international authors—from Manuela Ammer, Beatrice von Bismarck, and Helmut Draxler to Hans-Jürgen Hafner. Dorothea Brunialti, who has been accompanying Zobernig’s work for many years, has signed on to do the catalogue’s graphic design.
Edited by Karola Kraus, on the occasion of the exhibition Heimo Zobernig at the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (June 19,2021 - October 17,2021)
Texts by Manuela Mmaer, Beatrice von Bismarck, Helmut Draxler, Hans-Jürgen Hafner & Karola Kraus
Softcover, 29.7 cm x 21 cm, 464 pp