Exhibition as a Vision Machine
Frederick Kiesler´s Artspace Model

Opening: Thursday, 19th of October, 2006, 7 p.m.
Mariahilfer Straße 1b, 1060 Vienna, Kiesler Foundation
Duration: October 20, 2006 – March 2, 2007
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The concept of Frederick Kiesler's exhibitions reveal most distinctive and new insights till today. Through alternative presentation systems, sophisticated viewing devices and spectacular room structures the exhibition turns into a „conception device“ for itself.

In accordance with the meaning and the intentions of the displayed object Kiesler successfully uses the presentation medium for his experiments in theoretical perception. The basis of his art practice is the theory of „correalism“ which is in search of the flexible relation between art and reality. In his artistic set-up Kiesler tries to link his theoretical considerations to the practical application.

Kiesler's exhibition and art rooms corrspond to universal conceptions. The „idea of a room“ is transferred to sculpture and architecture in his later works. Thus his „Shell Sculptures“, „Bucephalus“ as well as his architectural studies to an „Endless House“ show us in an impressive way the claim for overstepping the limits between the disciplines painting, sculpture and architecture.

Exhibition: 10th Architecture Biennale Venice, 2006 – 

Opening of the Austrian Pavilion at September 8, 5.30 p.m. in presence of the State Secretary of the Arts and Media, Franz Morak.

Venue: Austrian Pavilion at Giardini
Commissioner: Wolf D. Prix
Curator: Rainer Zettl
Time of exhibit: September 10th till November 19th, 2006

Hans Hollein (FORM), Friedrich Kiesler (SPACE), Gregor Eichinger (NET)


Exhibition: Friedrich Kiesler. Re-Edition 2006

Opening on March 15, 2006
Location: Design Gallery Petersburg,
Bolshaya Konyushennaya Ul. 2, 191186 St. Petersburg

The exhibition shows in collaboration with the bulthaup Design Gallery and Wittmann the new re-edition as well as several projects of Kiesler’s oeuvre. 
With more than 50 loans it is the first large exhibition of the Austro-American architect and artist.

March 16, 2006 lecture: Harald Krejci, curator of the exhibition

In cooperation with Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten
and Design Gallery Petersburg

Exhibition: Through The Looking Glass - Treasures and Secrets from the Kiesler Archive

Opening on Thursday 9th February 2006, 7 p.m. at the Kiesler Foundation Vienna

The Kiesler Foundation Vienna presents a documented reconstruction of Frederick Kiesler’s last collaboration with the Surrealist group on the occasion of the “Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme,” which opened at the Galerie Maeght in Paris on July 8, 1947. The story of this collaboration crosses its paths with private life and artistic production of several artists. Kiesler witnessed the end of Surrealism as an international artistic movement as well as Arshile Gorky’s life tragic conclusion in 1948, playing a major role in the development of the facts.

After Gorky’s suicide, painter Roberto Matta was excluded from Surrealism and returned to Europe. Kiesler was considered responsible for the purge of the Chilean artist because of a letter to Breton which remained undisclosed for many years. What did Kiesler do or say to harm Matta? Was he responsible or was he only a puppet in the hands of the mighty priests of Surrealism?

The exhibition at the Kiesler Foundation aims at throwing light on the so-called “Matta Affair” documenting it through letters and photographs to unveil the true development of the facts, while analyzing Kiesler’s role in the Surrealist network. Alongside with letters and photographs, a selection of works by Victor Brauner, Max Ernst and Toyen will be shown for the first time after the establishment of the Kiesler Foundation in 1997.

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Blood Flames 1947

Rendering of Friedrich Kiesler's City in Space
© Eva Diem, Austrian contribution, 10th Architecture Biennale, Venice 2006

Frederick Kiesler, Re-edition
Design Gallery St. Petersburg

Frederick Kiesler, Re-edition
Design Gallery St. Petersburg

Toyen (Maria Cerminova), Cover for Jindrich Heisler, 1939. © Surrealistische Edition