In the artist’s creation process, the physical caesura created by a large-scale sculpture can lead to new insights through the challenge of working with the material. The concentration required in the design process and a reduction in the scale of the work increase the scope of what the artist can achieve. The selection of objects on display aims to demonstrate the possibilities of this art form. (J. Hummel)
EAST-WEST DIALOGUE, 23. November 2018–06. October 2019.
The silk road of yesteryear is undergoing a revival in a global world. The Viennese Modernism of the beginning of the previous century is unthinkable without Japonism. As Adolf Loos put it: Modern architecture is Japanese culture plus European tradition.
Rudolf Steiner laid the groundwork with his East-West Congress in Vienna. Building upon this, Joseph Beuys realised the concept of Eurasia in objects, with the shepherd’s staff serving as one of its symbols. The pen and ink art of the Zen masters and the Art Informel characteristics of ceramic surfaces represent major precursors to the art of the West. The reduction to the simplest form, to the object, is one of the foundations of the artistic statements of Marcel Duchamp, and a reflection of the philosophy and artistic composition of the East. (J. Hummel)
Contributor to the exhibition Koloman Moser (1868-1918), Universalkünstler zwischen Gustav Klimt und Josef Hoffmann, MAK, Vienna, 19. December 2018–22. April 2019, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, 23. May-15. September 2019.
Contributor to the exhibition Man Ray, Objetos de Ensueño, Fundacion Canal, Madrid, 30. January–21. April 2019.
Contributor to the exhibition Komödie des Daseins, Kunsthaus Zug, 23. September 2018–06. January 2019.
Contributor to the exhibition Franz West, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 12. September–10. December 2018.
Contributor to the exhibition Machen Sie mich schön, Madame d’Ora!, Leopold Museum, Vienna, 13. July–29. October 2018.
Contributor to the exhibition Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne, Hofmobilien Depot, Vienna, 21. March–07. October 2018.
Contributor to the exhibition Man Ray, Kunstforum, Vienna, 14. February–24. June 2018.
ZEIT UND FORM, 19. October 2017–23. September 2018.
The sensitivity of artists responds to the period of time they live in. Cultural environment and politics ask for a new stylistic vocabulary and use of forms, which challenges the innovative ability of the artist. For the next generation these artistic achievements are a documentation of the previous past. Technology and the urge to let times move at a faster pace were the priorities of the 20th century. From Es and Über-Ich (Super-Ego) of the human psyche to the dawn of mankind into space. Electronics and the computer are the big challenges of our time. Das menschliche Tun ist dem menschlichen Sein davongelaufen. (F. Dürrenmatt)
Marcel Duchamp elevated the act of thinking to an art form. Essential parts of todays art are not imaginable without Duchamps innovation of his Ready-mades. Joseph Beuys expanded this basis into the social-ethical, into the politics of art. Todays innovative artistic work shows also a manneristic component. With postmodernism, lifestyle and design, entertainment value gets a new importance. The clown steps into the art scene. (J. Hummel)
We were taking part as essential lenders in an exhibition about the architect Adolf Loos at the Museo del Disseny (Design Museum) in Barcelona. The title of the exhibition is Private Spaces and shows the work of Adolf Loos, who designed his architecture beyond his Raumplan (floorplan) from the inside to the outside.
Whereas his priority lay in the independent decision of his clients. The furniture he choose was influenced by anglophil furniture-designs and didn´t change essentially over a period of 30 years. His statement: it is easier to design a new chair than a better one affirms this fundamental concept. The variations of the furniture according to the particular users resulted in different settings in the interior, as todays postmodernism already considers it as given.
Contributor to the exhibition Remastered – Die Kunst der Aneignung, Kunsthalle, Krems, 26. November 2017–18. February 2018.
Contributor to the exhibition Dali / Duchamp, Royal Academy, London, 07. October 2017–03. January 2018, Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, 10. February–27. May 2018.
Concert Informel, 17th of November 2016, with Jazz musician Franz Koglmann und cellist Attila Pastor, on occasion of vienna artweek.
KOERPER II, 15 April–2 July 2016.
Contributor to the exhibition Prière de toucher, at the Tinguely Museum, Basel, 12 February–16 May 2016.
Concert LE VIOLON D’INGRES, 19th of Novenber 2015.
An improvisation with Clementine Gasser & Freddie Jellinek within the framework of the exhibition NATURE and FORM and in cooperation with vienna art week 2015. An acoustic musical performance, in which we will let us inspire by the artworks of the exhibition. With a cello and a cornet, we will follow in the footsteps of Marcel Duchamp..
NATURE and FORM, 18 September–19 December 2015.
To contemplate on nature is one of the most primal stimulations of the human spirit and its creative urge is a prerequisite for the arts. Art is what makes life more interesting than art. (Robert Filliou)
THE FACE – THE EYES – THE GLANCE, 19 March–27 June 2015.
From the inscrutability of the eyes of a Fayum mummy portrait to the expressiveness of a woman's face by Paul McCarthy, the representations of faces carries both the features of subjectivity as well as the imprints of its cultural environment. To embed the inner amplitude of a state of mind at a single glance has been a challenge to fine arts for many centuries.
Man Ray: Tour / Detour, curated by Roland Fischer-Briand and Barbara Toifl, in cooperation with Eyes On, Month of Photography, 26 October–20 December 2014.
Man Ray established himself as a prominent representative of avant-garde photography in the modern era. His oeuvre moreover captured the surrealist mentality and that of his contemporary, Marcel Duchamp. Their shared belief in freeing the notion of desire and identity as blasting at societal convention also paved the way for Pierre Molinier to what could today be described as 'Gender Studies'. Emanating from the vehement act of liberation in Viennese Actionism, the avant-gardist of 'moving images' Kurt Kren, like Man Ray, inextricably unites the mentality of his artistic environment with his sense for the medium of photography.
TRASH & ART. An Exhibition in Progress II, 16 May–25 June 2014.
Prize for best art fair stand at art-austria, April 2014.
art-austria art fair, 3–6 April 2014.
Initiation of a dialogue between two distinctly pronounced positions in the Austrian field of contemporary art. The clear aesthetics of Michael Kienzer’s sculptures, affected by their materiality of industrial raw products, structure and accentuate the space in which Franz Graf responds with new paintings and drawings though estranging intermingling figurative motives, text and ornament in black and white. This encounter reciprocally brings forward the subtle sensuality of Kienzer’s installations and the sometimes tragic Eros in Graf’s figurations.
TRASH & ART An Exhibition in Progress I, 14 February–3 May 2014.
The visual arts have been helping themselves to the material ruins of our civilisation since, at the very latest, the dawn of Surrealism. This configuration has led to specific art forms: Realism, Fluxus and Conceptual Art. The tragic facade of consumption and the aesthetic of decay offers artists the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to meaning and being that can be expanded within installations and material assemblages. The use of trash and worthless found items is one of the most significant material associations of our time by which an idea can be elevated to art. (J. Hummel)
GEFÜHLSPEICHER, 12 September–21 December 2013.
All art transfers feelings. Feelings are in general considered as interpretations of emotions towards circumstances or objects and emotions as an essential part of human existence. The selection showed artworks, through which specific retained feelings are offered to the viewer, whether in an abstract or a naturalistic manner.
MEDITATIV, 15 February–30 June 2013.
A collection of objects from Asia and Europe. ... art is an outlet toward regions which are not ruled by time and space. (Marcel Duchamp) Das Spirituelle ist aus dem Osten gekommen und im Westen intellektualisiert, einseitig materialistisch geworden. (Joseph Beuys)
Guided tour with Ruth Horak and Julius Hummel in cooperation with Vienna Art Week, 24 November 2012.
Extended exhibition on The Feminine in Viennese Actionism together with artistic positions of Heidi Harsieber and Claudia Schumann, 15 November 2012–26 January 2013. In cooperation with Eyes On, Month of Photography 2012.
Release of the publication AMOR PSYCHE AKTION – VIENNA. The Feminine in Viennese Actionism. Collection Hummel, Verlag für moderne Kunst, October 2012.
AMOR PSÝCHÉ AKCE – VÍDEŇ, 19 October 2012–14 January 2013.
An extensive exhibition, based on Julius Hummel´s collection shown at DOX, the Center for Contemporary Art in Prague.
ASSOZISATIONEN, 25 May–21 July 2012.
OBJECT & SCULPTURE II, February–27 April 2012.
Object and Sculptur, 11 November 2011–21 January 2012.
Rudi Stanzel, 9 September–22 October 2011.
Karl Iro Goldblat, 27 May–30 June 2011. Das Ganze und seine Teilchen (Karl Goldblat)
WORD-PICTURE, 18 February–30 April 2011.
Drawings Vienna II, 24–26 March 2011.
Gallerytour, 10 March 2011.
WR MOEGEN UNSER GIFT, Franz Graf, 17 December–30 January 2011.
Viennese Actionism and Austrian Photography, 10 September–4 December 2010.
FRANZ GRAF, 10 September–28 October 2010.
Drawings Vienna I, opening 15 April 2010.
GENDER & QUEER, 29 January–27 March 2010.
CHAOS and FORM, 18 September–21 November 2009 ... one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
DRESSED FOR ART, 5 March–June 2009.
AN-SCHAUEN, 19 September–15 November 2008.
Publication Release VIENNESE ACTIONISM, in cooperation with publisher Actar, 2008.
Publication Release Günter Brus. Actionism. The Sixties, in cooperation with Groeninge Museum and publisher Actar, 2008.
PADHIFRIEBERGER, spring 2008.
Kowanz / Graf, 2007.
Das Öffnen und Schließen des Mundes 24 November 2006–27 January 2007. Daß wir vor kurzem erst zu sein begonnen haben, schmerzt keinen von uns; nur daß es zu Ende geht, ist schade. Diese begrenzte Dauer - solang mund geht auf und zu, solang luft geht aus und ein - ist unser Thema ... (Ernst Jandl)
Title and excerpt from the Frankfurter Poetik-Vorlesung. Luchterhand SL 567/1985, p.7.
Viennese Actionism. The Collection Hummel, 5 May–27 July 2006.
Exhibition at the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna.
Thomas Redl, 16 February–29 April 2006.
Franz Graf, 21 October–17 December 2005.
Artists of the Gallery – Wiener Innenstadt Gallerytour 2005.
Mit Haut und Haar, 1 April–2 July 2005.
Günter Brus. Aktionen 1964/65, 17 September–27 November 2004.
In cooperation with Monat der Fotografie 2004.
Otto Muehl, April 2004.
Artists of the Gallery – Wiener Innenstadt Gallerytour, 6 November 2003.
art vienna 2003: Presentation Gallery Hummel, 16 October–19 October 2003, Annette Tesarek.