In 2020, three Austrian institutions will present solo exhibitions of the artist Herbert Brandl. The curators Barbara Steiner, Rolf Johannsen and Sandro Droschl talk to Silvie Aigner (PARNASS art magazine) about their respective motives for organizing an exhibition with the artist, their interests in his work and their different approaches. They explore the question of why it takes three exhibitions to show the diverse oeuvre of Brandl.
The exhibition at Belvedere 21 entitled "Exposed to Painting" focuses primarily on Brandl's painterly work of the past two decades. The Kunsthaus Graz takes as its point of departure the artist's associatively linking, processual working method. The exhibition "TOMORROW" relates Brandl's most important groups of works, abstract and figurative painting, painting and sculpture, to each other and to the space of the Kunsthaus. With "24/7," the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien examines the driving force behind Brandl's decades-long involvement with painting, as well as the simultaneously developed complexity within its causally conceptual approach. The exhibition focuses on the edges of painting, expanding the mediums standing.
The three solo exhibitions are accompanied by independent catalogs, each of which is published by Koenig Books, London.