Galerie Raum mit Licht



»FRAUENZIMMER ZWEI « curated by _ 2014, curated by Moritz Küng

Opening: Thursday 2 October 2014, 19:00
Exhibition: 3 October – 7 November 2014

The gallery Raum mit Licht is excited to present for the third time an exhibition in the context of curated by Vienna.

For this year´s theme, The Century of the Bed, suggested by Beatriz Colomina, a Spanish theoretician of architecture teaching at Princeton, the gallery has invited the curator Moritz Küng (*1961 in Lucerne / CH, lives in Barcelona), who will present a new installation of the Austrian artist Aglaia Konrad (*1960 in Salzburg, lives in Brussels).

As a curator, Moritz Küng is mostly working on the interface of art and architecture. He has realised among others solo exhibitions with artists such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Allen Ruppersberg, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Cerith Wyn Evans and Heimo Zobernig, and architects such as Lacaton & Vassal, PauHof, SANAA and Eduardo Souto de Moura, as well as just recently the group exhibition „Die fünfte Säule“ in the Viennese Secession. Since 1996, he has presented Aglaia Konrad´s works in two solo and five group exhibitions.

Aglaia Konrad, for her part, has developed a distinct form of photography that documents the rapidly proceeding process of globalisation worldwide since the 1990s. With her partly monumental installations she claims a special place in the current photographic landscape. Not only has she put together a unique archive about the constantly changing cityscapes of the American, Asian and European metropolis, but she has also presented her images with the expanding vehemence, characteristic of megacities. The images, folding over walls and ceilings, laminated on glass facades, layered on panels or projected as movies, do not only go beyond the constraints of traditional photography, but often leave the observer as a protagonist inside Konrad’s scenes.

With each exhibition comes a new configuration of her urban subjects – highways, construction sites, airports, peripheral landscapes, monuments, wreckages, suburbs, residential areas or buildings of the latest architectural designs – which not only have the environment itself but also the Condition Humaine compellingly in mind.

In her indeed ironically titled exhibition Frauenzimmer ZWEI, Aglaia Konrad shows a specially built installation, which accentuates the inside and outside of the gallery, a choice of pictures from the series “Shaping Stones” and “Undecided Frames” as well as a current film. Furthermore, the artist has published a text with 675 City-terms in the curated by vienna catalogue – the transcription of one of her artist’s books of 2005 – which takes account of the Beatriz Colomina imposed subject The Century of the Bed.

The works of Aglaia Konrad have been showed internationally: in solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (1995), deSingel Antwerpen (2005), Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (2009), Villa Romana Florenz (2011, with Willem Oorebeek), Sainsbury, Centre for Visual Arts Norwich (2012), Stuk Leuven (2014), Netwerk Aalst (2014) and in group exhibitions such as dokumenta X in Kassel (1997), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Architektur Biennale Venice (2004), Shenzhen Biennale (2005), Ludwigforum Aachen (2012), Manifesta 9 Genk (2012) or Mu-zee, Ostende, (2013).

In Austria there were solo exhibitions of the artist at Salzburger Kunstverein (1993), the Zetrum der Architektur Wien (2001), at Camera Austria in Graz (2004) and recently in Fotohof Salzburg (2014).

Aglaia Konrad has won several prizes: Otto Mauer Preis, Wien (1997), Camera Austria Preis der Stadt Graz (2003), Grand Prix de la Photography, Vevey (2004), Würdigungspreis für Fotografie BMK, Wien (2006) und Albert Renger-Patzsch Preis, Folkwang Museum, Essen (2006).
Supplementary to her work, Aglaia Konrad regularly publishes artist’s books: Rio de Janeiro (1996, Galerie Museum, Bolzano), Elasticity (2003, NAi Publishers, Rotterdam), Iconocity (2005, Walther König, Cologne), Desert Cities (2008, Roma Publications, Amsterdam), Carrara (2011, Roma Publications, Amsterdam), Zweimal Belichtet (2014, Eigenverlag).

Moritz Küng (°1961, Lucerne / CH, lives in Barcelona) is an exhibition curator and book editor working above all at the intersection between art and architecture. Recent projects include Mevis & Van Deursen – Our Art  at the Brno Biennial for Graphic Design (2014), Peter Downsbrough – The Book(s)  at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona (2013), The Umbrella Corner  series at ProjecteSD, Barcelona (2012-13), The fifth column  at the Secession, Vienna (2011), the symposium The Age of Less  at La Loge, Brussels (2013) or the seminar The disappearance of the exhibition  at the HfG-University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe (2013). He twice curated the Belgian pavilion at the 25th art biennial in Sao Paulo (2002) and the 11th architecture biennial in Venice (2008) where in 2010 he also acted as a member of the jury for the Golden Lions.