The Installation and Painting Art Portfolio of Heimo Zobernig

An installation with a shiny black wall and a female statueHere and Now, (Installation view at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany) (Photograph by Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Marion Mennicken)

Heimo Zobernig is an Austrian installation artist whose works use a variety of materials and sculptural forms to address self-referential modernist themes in carefully composed and curated spaces. The artist’s full-room installations are packed with detail and yet seem planned and positioned to a minute degree.

An installation view of a Piet Mondrian themed roomPiet Mondrian: A Spatial Appropriation, (Installation view at Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden) (Photograph by Klemens Renner)


Zobernig’s works are often inspired by themes and aesthetics from modernist art, with the artist drawing on the visual language of monochromes, grids, and minimalism to build geometrically-inclined spaces. Some of the artist’s works reference particular artists directly, such as Piet Modrian: A Spatial Appropriation, which reimagines the aforementioned artist’s painting as an entire room. 


Zobernig also produces more self-contained works of sculpture and painting, and these works present an equally interesting view of certain artistic aesthetics and modes of working. The artist’s paintings are reminiscent of 20th-century abstract expressionism while bringing contemporary colour palettes and styles to the table.

A painting with deep blue and green huesUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Written by: Dallas Jeffs
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