Heimo Zobernig

Untitled , 2015

Resin, cardboard

300 x 50 x 50 cm | 118 x 20 x 20 in 


curated by Friederike Nymphius
May - October, 2021

Cassina Projects



curated by Friederike Nymphius

May 14 - October 2, 2021



John M Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Valentin Carron, Andrew Dadson, N. Dash, Philippe Decrauzat, Francesco De Prezzo, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Manuel Fois, Liam Gillick, Fernanda Gomes, Francesco João, Tarik Kiswanson, Alicja Kwade, Beth Letain, Meuser, Gerold Miller, Olivier Mosset, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Monika Sosnowska, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz Erhard Walther, Heimo Zobernig


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As a commentary on the sculptural concept of Minimal Art, Heimo Zobernig created lacquer-painted sculptures from cardboard tubes or pressboard. These constructions ironised the material fetishism of Minimal Art through deliberately poor materials and their quick, sloppy-looking processing, which also showed traces of a personal handwriting. The auratically charged, depersonalised, gestalt "specific object" is de-auratised and banalised by Zobernig's sculptures. They undermine the prevailing agreement among the minimalists of small – unimportant, and large - monumental - important and expose them as irrelevant.


Rockenschaub, Armleder, Zobernig and Mosset were part of the important Neo Geo movement of the early 80's. All of them have been exhibiting together frequently and have been knowing each other for a long period of time.


1997 documenta X

2015 Austrian Pavillion, Biennale di Venezia