May 9, 2007 - Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale - Herbert Brandl at the Austrian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2007
May 9, 2007

Herbert Brandl at the Austrian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2007

Austrian Pavilion at the
52nd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale

Commissioner: Robert Fleck
Director: Daniela Stern

www.biennale07.at

Herbert Brandl is the artist of the Austrian Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (June 10-November 21). Herbert Brandls work represents one of the few positions in contemporary art to make significant contributions to the current debate on painting in the areas of both figurative and abstract art. says Robert Fleck (director of Deichtorhallen Hamburg), commissioner of the Austrian contribution.

Herbert Brandl presents some 20 new paintings produced in recent months at the Austrian Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The exhibition includes both individual works and series, paintings of varying formats, and both abstract and figurative pieces. Several modifications will be made to the architecture of the pavilion in collaboration with the artist.

Born 1959 in Graz, Herbert Brandl lives and works in Vienna. From 1978 to 1982, he studied at the Academy of Applied Art, Vienna, among others under Peter Weibel; since 2004 he has taught as Professor of Painting at the Duesseldorf Academy of Art. His participation in several important exhibitions (documenta 9, Kassel 1992, Painting on the Move, Basel 2002) and his solo shows in leading art institutions such as Kunsthalle Bern, Vienna Secession, Kunsthalle Basel and Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, have led to his oeuvre being regarded among the most audible voices of a generation that abandoned the heritage of Minimalism in favor of a free iconographic vocabulary which contains traces of the visible environment as well as non-figurative forces, lines and color fields, visualizing the speed and spaces of life.

A catalog will be published by Hatje Cantz Verlag featuring texts by Philipp Kaiser, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Basel, and Robert Fleck (German/English).

On the Website www.biennale07.at you will find extensive press material. Among other things there a texts of Julian Heynen, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Norman Rosenthal, Achille Bonito Oliva and Peter Pakesch as well as material to history the Austrian pavilion. First press photos from Venice and of works Brandls are available in 300dpi.
Contact:
Austrian Pavilion Biennale Office, 52nd Venice Biennale
Commissioner: Robert Fleck
Director: Daniela Stern
Dornbacherstrasse 59
1170 Vienna/Austria
Email: office@biennale07.at
Phone/Fax: 43-1-407 14 78
Internet: www.biennale07.at
Press desk:
Angelika Leu-Barthel
c/o Deichtorhallen
Deichtorstrasse 1 2
20095 Hamburg
Germany
Email: presse@biennale07.at
Tel: 49-40-32 103-250

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