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Winter at Grazer Kunstverein

Richard Kriesche


12–16 February 2020, 6–9pm

Image courtesy of Richard Kriesche.

VERNISSAGE is a week-long project conceived by Richard Kriesche especially for the Grazer Kunstverein. Open only in the evenings, the project aims to reconsider the precise location of art in the contemporary context, thinking about the individual, subjective experience in contrast with the quantification of culture as data. Since the 1990’s Kriesche’s work has explored the interdependencies of art, society, technology and economy, working in critical and creative tension to problematise systems and reveal glitches. For Winter 2019/20, Kriesche creates a situation in which visitors to the Kunstverein are invited to search for, and locate meaning, against a dizzying backdrop of bureaucracy, protocol and radical hospitality.

Richard Kriesche (born 1940, Vienna) is an artist, media artist and theorist, exhibition organizer, curator of art and science exhibitions, publisher of art magazines, gallery owner and publicist. His artistic fields of work include photography, video, computer, net art, installations, performance and multimedia art. Kriesche’s sculptures and installations have been presented several times at documenta Kassel and the Venice Biennale. Kriesche was the first Austrian artist to receive a prize from the Venice Biennale. He is among others winner of the Austrian media art award.

Kriesche’s more recent major exhibitions include: "Schwindel der Wirklichkeit", Academy of the Arts, Berlin, 2014. “ABSTRACT LOOP AUSTRIA”, 21er Haus, Vienna, 2016. “Painting with Method”, mumok Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, 2018. In 2020, an exhibition on Austria's post-war art and cultural history will take place under the direction of the Albertina Modern and with Kriesche's participation - "The Beginning: Art in Vienna 1945 to 1980".

VERNISSAGE by Richard Kriesche is realised with research by JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, DIGITAL – Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, supported by NXP Semiconductors and Infineon Technologies AG.

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