Im Vorbeigehen. Contemporary Art at KU Linz
Each term an artist is invited to leave visual traces at chosen places within the grounds of the University, thereby presenting a collection of different artistic positions, media and content. Among the artists included were, Lorenz Estermann, Maja Vukoje, Julius Deutschbauer and Birgit Petri.
From 2000 to 2012 the exhibition series was curated together with Johanna Schwanberg, since 2013 together with Julia Allerstorfer. In 2011 the first nineteen contributions, and theoretical reflections, were published under the title Was spricht das Bild?. Since then the series continues under the heading Im Vorbeigehen II.
see an overview of the exhibition series
Museum and Urban Space
accompanying the exhibition there was published the book die ernte auf thotzenplotzen with texts by monika leisch-kiesl and wolfram zaunmüller as well as drawings of the artist.
first print of 75 pieces, 25 pieces as numbered special edition with an original graphic of wolfram zaunmüller.
In March 2002 Linz theologian, philosopher, art expert and retired university professor Günter Rombold presented his significant art collection to the State of Upper Austria. This collection of more than 500 works ranges from Modern Art with a focus on Expressionism and works by Upper Austrian master of drawing Alfred Kubin right up to contemporary painting, graphics and sculpture after 1945. Following his death in December 2017, more than 200 further works from his estate came into the collection at the Landesgalerie.
A selection of these significant collections are now being presented to the public. The exhibition pursues the question of the emotionality and sensuality of art, concepts closely related to expressivity. More light is also shed on the different forms of viewing art and thus on questions of perception. Both are matters which Günter Rombold represented throughout his life in his collecting activities and also in his teaching. Austrian artists such as Siegfried Anzinger and Maria Lassnig will be on display as well as works by masters of world renown such as Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. A special focus of his collection activity was the work of Arnulf Rainer, which will be presented in a separate room.
Alfred Kubin will also be especially honoured within this exhibition. With the aid of the more than 100 drawings by Kubin contained in the Rombold collection, the Kubin Cabinet at the Landesgalerie Linz will shed light on the special relationship between the art theoretician and theologian Günter Rombold and Kubin.
A catalogue containing the whole inventory of the Rombold collection is published in connection with the exhibition.
In the context of the European Cultural Month Linz 1998 we undertook an artistic research exploring the institutional and social area between the Riverside Church and Ars Electronica Center. Twelve national and international artists, including Ivan Kafka, Flora Neuwirth, Imogen Stidworthy and Martin Walde, were invited to take part in the projekt, developing site specific interventions in the form of objects, installations and videos. The urban space project, which was curated together with Johanna Schwanberg, resulted in an edited volume, that was conceptualized together with Richard Ferkel, and which both describes the individual art works and theorizes them from sociological, art historical, theological and philosophical perspectives.
As part of the role as co-curator (together with Peter Kraml, ORF Linz) for the city of Linz, artworks by emerging artists were not just acquired but also continually presented under the heading augenstücke (pieces for the eye).