Kiesler Prize 2010

Laureate of the 7th Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2010: HEIMO ZOBERNIG


The Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2010 will be awarded to the Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig by Claudia Schmied, Federal Minister for Education, Art and Culture.

in the audience hall of the Federal Ministry in Vienna
Minoritenplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
on October 18, 2010 at 5 p. m.

The international jury – Tony Fretton, Francesca von Habsburg, Moritz Küng, Frédéric Migayrou and Nasrine Seraji – acknowledges “the artist’s unparalleled oeuvre and development [and] above all Heimo Zobernig’s artistic agility in subtly undermining established ways of seeing things and uncovering unexpected aspects.” (Jury Statement 2010)
The award, with high prize money of 55,000 euros, is presented “for outstanding achievements in the field of architecture and the arts that conform to Frederick Kiesler’s experimental, innovative conceptions and his theory of ‘correlated arts’”.

EXHIBITION: Heimo Zobernig
in the Kiesler Foundation Vienna
Opening, October 18, 2010 at 7 p.m.

The prize-winner’s works on show at the Kiesler Foundation Vienna to mark this occasion focus on the history and development of the environment and of the exhibition display. Heimo Zobernig’s model space interventions are both critical examinations and impressive proof of the interplay of different fields of art. In this sense, his work also represents an exciting, contemporary analogue to the all-embracing interventions of the architect-artist Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965).


Born in Mauthen in 1958, lives in Vienna. Studied at Vienna Academy of Visual Arts from 1977 to 1980 and then at Vienna Academy of Applied Arts from 1980 to 1983. 1994–95 Visiting professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Hamburg. 1999–2000 Professor of sculpture at the Städelschule Academy of Visual Arts, Frankfurt/Main. Since 2000, professor of sculpture at Vienna Academy of Visual Arts.

Exhibitions (selection)

1980- 8 Freitagsaktionen (with Alfons Egger), Dramatisches Zentrum Wien; 1982- Quartett, Kammerspiele Schauspielhaus, Frankfurt/Main; 1984- Zeichen, Fluten, Signale – neukonstruktiv und parallel, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; 1995- Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna; 1986- De Sculptura, Messepalast, Vienna; Sonsbeek ’86, Arnheim; 1988- Aperto 88, Biennale, Venice; Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid; 1990- Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne; 1991- Villa Arson, Nice; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Apt Art International, Moscow; 1992- documenta 9, Kassel; Amerikaner, Forum Stadtpark, Graz; 1993- Neue Galerie, Graz; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; 1994- Kunsthalle Bern; 1995- Vienna Secession; 1996- Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago; 1997- documenta 10, Kassel; Skulptur Projekte, Münster; 1998- Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna; 1999- Katalog, Portikus Frankfurt/Main; 2001- Biennale, Venice; Shigemori Residence, Kyoto; 2002- MUMOK, Wien; 2003- Kunsthalle Basel; K21, Düsseldorf; Galerie Nicolas Krupp, Basel; 2004- Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane; Biennale of Sydney; 2005- Kunstverein Braunschweig; 2006- Artspace Sydney; Public Furniture, Biennale Busan; Le Désir de la Beauté – la Wiener Werkstätte et le Palais Stoclet, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; 2007- 10 Jahre Skulpturenpark, Cologne; Haus der Kunst, Budweis; 2008- Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerpen; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; Galleria Civica, Modena; Tate St Ives; Total Design, MAK, Vienna; Stellproben, de Singel Antwerpen; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; 2009- Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Lissabon; CAPC Bordeaux; VIDEO, haubrokshows, Berlin; Le Festival, Centre Pompidou Paris; 2010- Art Public. Art 41 Basel.


Heimo Zobernig. Austelung Katerlog, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Cologne 2003
Heimo Zobernig, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2006
Heimo Zobernig. Display, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2006
Heimo Zobernig, Ambient of Aesthetics, onestarpress, Paris 2006
Die Kunst der Enzyklopädie, Atlas, Heimo Zobernig, Galleria Civica, onestarpress, Modena 2008
Heimo Zobernig, Stellproblemen, deSingel, Internationaler Kunstcampus, Antwerp, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Cologne 2008
VIDEO. Heimo Zobernig, Argobooks, Berlin 2009
Heimo Zobernig and the Tate Collection / Heimo Zobernig and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Modern Art Centre, Tate St Ives, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Modern Art Centre, Lisbon and Tate Publishing 2009
Heimo Zobernig, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Les Presses du Réel, Dijon 2010


Kiesler Prize Jury 2010


Jury 2010:

  • Tony Fretton (GB), architect, London and since 1999 professor of architecture and design at Delft University of Technology
  • Francesca von Habsburg (A), art collector and president of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation in Vienna, founded in 2002
  • Moritz Küng (CH, chairman of the jury), curator at deSingel, international art campus, Antwerp, and as of autumn 2010 director of the Centre d’art contemporani El Canodrom in Barcelona
  • Frédéric Migayrou (F), co-founder of ArchiLab in Orléans and since 2000 deputy director of the Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle at the Centre Pompidiou, Paris
  • Nasrine Seraji (IR), architect, Paris, and since 2005 professor of architecture at the Institute for Art and Architecture at Vienna Academy of Visual Arts