Austrian Pavilion, 56th Venice Bienniale


Curated and commissioned by Yilmaz Dziewio
Austrian Pavilion, 56th Venice Bienniale (2015), Giardini Biennale, Venice

Exhibition Design, Art Production, Technical Coordination

Heimo Zobernig’s project directly relates to the existing Austrian Pavilion, designed by Josef Hoffmann and Robert Kramreiter built in 1934.

M+B Studio developed the technical project based on Heimo Zobernigs artistic project.
The challenge was balancing the essential forms of the installation with the original building and the apparent absence of contents, between sculpture and architecture.
The internal part of the pavilion was covered by a site-specific floating structure, painted in black. M+B Studio was in charge of the production, carried out in Venice, the logistics and authorization procedures.

“Zobernig removes the building’s historicizing architectural elements from sight by means of a black monolith that seems to hover under the ceiling casting its shade on the entire floor space of the pavilion, and a black floor construction that eliminates the pavilion’s different levels. At the same time, Zobernig’s complex intervention relativizes the bounds between architectural space and nature, inside and outside. His architectural intervention, whose isometric plans recall Mies van der Rohe’s Nationalgalerie in Berlin, together with the garden and rear wall of the courtyard, constitutes an enclosed site where one can linger and reflect on art’s modes of presentation and on human presence in space […].”
[On Mousse, Heimo Zobernig at the Austrian Pavilion, Venice Biennale]

Commissioner: Yilmaz Dziewior
Curatorial Assistance/Project Coordination: Leonie Radine
Public Relations: Kathrin Luz
Production: Katharina Boesch, Christine Haupt-Stummer (section.a)
Team Heimo Zobernig: Maria Huber, Eric Kläring, Georg Petermichl, Michaela Rapp Zobernig
Architecture/Technical Coordination: Troels Bruun, Luca Ugolini (M+B studio)
Garden: Auböck + Kárász Landscape Architects
Graphic Design: Dorothea Brunialti
Website: Leopold Šikoronja
Editing Publication: Katrin Sauerländer
Tax Consultant: Georg Geyer / Kanzlei Geyer & Geyer, Vienna

Photo Credits:
Heimo Zobernig installation views at the Austrian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015
Courtesy: Kathrin Luz Communication, Cologne
Photo: Archiv HZ, Georg Petermichl; M+B studio