Michael Kienzer

Michael Kienzer was born in Steyr, Austria, in 1962. After attending the Ortweinschule Higheter Technical College in Graz, he worked for several years as a designer. It is through sculpture, however, that he has best expressed his creative genius. The starting point for all the subjects of Kienzer’s works is texture. By reinterpreting everyday or semi-finished industrial objects (e.g., ropes, cables, pipes, sheet metal or plate glass, etc.), Kienzer modifies their primary function and contextual reference. Thanks to gravity and other laws of physics, he begets new levels of perception.  His sculptural installations are often built right in the exhibition space and can reach monumental dimensions.  Noteworthy among these have been: Rainroom (2000), at the Kunstraum Innsbruck, where the artist simulated a rainy day inside a room where museum visitors could interact with the installation, and Parasites (2007), in the Tuileries Gardens, where the artist installed a huge tangled pile of industrial metal cables. The artist’s many exhibitions include: As the matter stands at the Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles (2000); Aspekte und Positionen at the Miró Foundation, Barcelona (2000); Days of Hope at the San Zaccaria School, Venice Biennale ( 2001); Flexible 4 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2003); Neue Immobilien at the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna (2004); OUT SITE_02 at the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna (2009); and Anti/Form at the Graz Kunsthaus (2011).

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