Grazer Kunstverein presents On/Off/ice, a new work by the Graz-based artist Markus Wilfling, on the occasion of Wilfling’s edition for the Rotary Art Collection 2023. As per yearly tradition, Grazer Kunstverein collaborates with a local artist whom the Rotary Club Graz-Zeughaus invited to create an artist edition for a good cause. Grazer Kunstverein gives the artist the opportunity to show a new work developed for the occasion. The exhibition is part of the Rotary Club’s philanthropic initiative, the Rotary Art Collection, which aims to provide financial support to disadvantaged students. In previous years, the Styrian artists Wolfgang Becksteiner and Alfredo Barsuglia were presented in this series.
Markus Wilfling (b. 1966, Innsbruck, lives in Graz) is a sculptor who studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Graz with Gerhard Lojen and at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna with Bruno Gironcoli. His recent exhibitions have been held in the following institutions, including: Kunsthaus Muerz (2021); Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna (2020); Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Steiermark (2019); ZKM Karlsruhe (2019); Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz (2018); Salzburger Kunstverein (2018); Künstlerhaus, Graz (2017); < rotor >, Graz (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad (2011); Kunsthaus, Graz (2010). His works are part of the collections of Museum Liaunig Neuhaus/Suha; Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten; mumok, Vienna; and Neue Galerie, Graz. His publication Markus Wilfling standby.on.run was published by SCHLEBRÜGGE.EDITOR in 2020. In addition to fellowships abroad in Rome and Mexico and a working scholarship from the Province of Styria, Wilfling has received the State Scholarship for Fine Arts from the BMUKK and the Förderungspreis für bildende Kunst from the City of Graz.