Since the 1970s, both Leopold Kogler and Erwin Wurm have been linked by their studies under Bazon Brock and Oswald Oberhuber at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. While Kogler’s artistic beginnings were in the field of “art without the artist” as well as in (almost Dadaist) object art, Wurm was mainly interested in “new, young, and wild” painting in the field of tension between the object and the picture. While Kogler found his was to painting in the course of the 1980s and is currently dedicated to the production of meticulously made prints, Wurm’s dust sculptures radicalized the sculptural form. In his subsequent works, the same questions of object, space, volumes and picture are still virulently present, whether in his photographical, performative, One Minute Sculptures,” his Fat Cars, or in his deformative, minimalistic architectures and everyday objects with which he became famous.
For both artists, this is their first exhibition in the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich—Leopold Kogler presents a retrospective of his works, Erwin Wurm shows new, radical works. This is the last exhibition in the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich before the area becomes the “House of History in Lower Austria.
Curated by Carl Aigner