Activities

Frederick Kiesler. MAGIC ARCHITECTURE | HABITAT. Kerstin Stoll

© Kerstin Stoll / Frederick Kiesler Foundation / Natural History Museum Vienna

Exhibition
November 14, 2023 – May 31, 2024

Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation
6., Mariahilfer Straße 1B/1

This exhibition features a dialog between two artistic positions that are dedicated to cross-disciplinary research and thinking and creative experimentation at the interface between architecture, design, art, biology, and natural and cultural history.

In his unpublished book project Magic Architecture, the artist-architect Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965) traced a history of human habitation through the ages, from prehistory to the nuclear era. In doing so, he also established a connection between the building techniques of humans and animals, on the basis of which he developed his understanding of “magic architecture [as] an architecture for everyone” that mediates between dream and reality and addresses the pressing problems of human existence after a period of global destruction.

In her artistic and research work, Berlin-based Kerstin Stoll investigates the construction and the materials of structures built by animals as well as the use of natural materials in traditional forms built by humans. Stoll’s series of works Habitat updates Kiesler’s historical book project. By taking the mud nests of the potter wasp, the woven nests of the weaverbird, and mounds constructed by termites, and by transforming these with the help of 3D-scanners and porcelain printers, she questions the potential political meanings of such structures in today’s world against the background of its evolving ecosystem, stagnating biodiversity, and disappearing species.

A project as part of Vienna Art Week.
With the kind support of Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG.

Program:
Reading “Insektengeflüster
with Dominique Zimmermann, author & curator NHM Wien
Thursday, May 16, 2024, 6 p.m.
Frederick Kiesler Foundation
The reading will be held in German.
Please register via office@kiesler.org

Guided Tour through the exhibition
with Gerd Zillner, director Frederick Kiesler Foundation
Thursday, May 23, 2024, 6 p.m.
Frederick Kiesler Foundation

Frederick Kiesler. MAGIC ARCHITECTURE | HABITAT. Kerstin Stoll, exhibition view, Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Vienna 2023, Photo: Michael Nagl
Frederick Kiesler. MAGIC ARCHITECTURE | HABITAT. Kerstin Stoll, exhibition view, Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Vienna 2023, Photo: Michael Nagl
Frederick Kiesler, Magic Architecture, manuscript, 1940–1950 © 2023 Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna
Frederick Kiesler, Magic Architecture, manuscript, 1940–1950 © 2023 Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna
Kerstin Stoll, Windmachine, 3D print of a termite nest in porcelain, 2023 © Kerstin Stoll
Kerstin Stoll, Windmachine, 3D print of a termite nest in porcelain, 2023 © Kerstin Stoll
Frederick Kiesler. MAGIC ARCHITECTURE | HABITAT. Kerstin Stoll, exhibition view, Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Vienna 2023, Photo: Michael Nagl
Frederick Kiesler. MAGIC ARCHITECTURE | HABITAT. Kerstin Stoll, exhibition view, Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Vienna 2023, Photo: Michael Nagl