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Manfred Kielnhofer
Manfred Kielnhofer
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Arrayed in a semicircle, Manfred Kielnhofer’s ghostly “time guardians” seem to have abandoned themselves to infinite sadness. What do the life-sized polyester figures represent? Are they bereaved women, meditating monks or nuns or premonitory spirits sent to warn us of impending dangers? Are they supposed to inspire awe, compassion or fear? The artist refuses to tell us why he created them and if we dare to peer inside their cloaks we discover only black emptiness.

The garments with their many folds are vaguely reminiscent of those sculpted by Rodin. Although the first ones Kielnhofer molded were gray and drab, many of the newer generation display bright colors and cheerful patterns. The artist now plans to equip some of them with interior lighting. To emphasize their timelessness he photographs them in front of both ancient castles and modern high-rises, usually at night.

Manfred Kielnhofer, 41, has been operating the gallery “Art Park” in Linz, Austria, since 2005. He is an abstract painter who used a naked female body as a “canvas” for one of his best works. Under his guidance 1,500 eager youngsters produced the largest children’s painting in the world (3,300 m²), which was displayed at many different places in Austria. Another of his gigantic masterpieces (40,000 m²) was composed of sunflowers and other herbs which had been planted in the middle of a field of grain near the city of Enns. It could be best viewed from the sky, but unfortunately the pilot Kielnhofer hired decided to fly off on vacation before most of its “pixels” had blossomed and the farmer had to harvest the creation before he returned.
Malerei & Grafik
Acryl Mischtechnik
Kohle Graphit
Installationen skulptur
Freischaffend seit 1998
Höhere Technische Lehranstalt
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Biennale für Lichtkunst Austria 2010
Die erste „Biennale für Lichtkunst Austria 2010“ ist eine nichtkommerzielle Biennale künstlerischer Lichtprojekte. Dabei sind Lichtkünstler ebenso angesprochen, wie bildende Künstler anderer Genres, die erstmals mit dem Werkstoff Licht experimentieren. Die Biennale 2010 trägt das Motto „private light in public spaces“.

Die Biennale für Lichtkunst Austria 2010 findet im Herbst 2010 in Österreich statt. Veranstalter ist die Galerie Artpark Linz, Consultant ist Peet Thomsen (USA/Copenhagen/Linz). Die künstlerische Auswahl trifft eine Jury.

Die Auftaktveranstaltungen zur Lichtkunstbiennale werden am 2. September in Linz (OÖ) und am 4. September 2010 in Perchtoldsdorf (NÖ) stattfinden. Die Lichtkunstbiennale Austria läuft vom ersten Wochenende im September bis Mitte November 2010, die Abschlussveranstaltung wird im November 2010 in Wien zu sehen sein. Zur Biennale erscheinen ein Blog, eine Website und ein Katalog ist geplant. Die Einreichungen können in Echtzeit auf dem zugehörigen Blog verfolgt werden. Die von der Jury ausgewählten Künstler sowie die Austragungsorte werden auf veröffentlicht.

Bis heute wurden die Teilnahme von KünstlerInnen aus 4 Kontinenten und 15 Ländern bestätigt.

Liste der bisher ausgewählten Künstler (Stand 5. August 2010)


Wien, Perchtoldsdorf
"24 Stunden Lichtkunst" - 4. September - Die Lichtkunstbiennale Austria 2010 in Perchtoldsdorf,
artP.kunstverein Franz Josef Straße 1a A-2380 Perchtoldsdorf,

Linz / Light Art Biennale 2-11 September
Galerie Wuensch / Hideo Iwasaki - August /2-11 Sept. / outdoor Manfred Kielnhofer Juni-Dec.
City Galerie 2-11 Sept.
Artpark contemporary art 2.Sep.-30. Okt.

Galerie Claudiana 4-18.Nov.2010

AREA53 Nov. 2010


Die Biennale für Lichtkunst Austria soll alle zwei Jahre in Österreich stattfinden, das nächste Mal also 2012. Dabei sollen sich Austragungsorte und Themen abwechseln.

Martina Schettina (Organsiation), Juli 2010

Consultant Statement

Light Art Biennial Austria 2010 - “Private Art in Public Spaces”

I have been asked to consult the Light Art Biennial for the country of Austria. The Biennial is inspired by a similar Biennial, which will be held in the Ruhrgebiet. The Austrian’s theme for the first edition of the Biennial will be “Private Light in Public Spaces”. The name a gentle teasing of the German Light Art Biennial “Open Light in Private Spaces”

The name of the biennial describes the technical medium being used could also be interpreted in another manner. Light art – art without substance, this could be understood as unserious art. It could also be interpreted in another way. Art without substance is art about the immaterial. The object can be seen but never touched. But is it unserious? Milan Kundera wrote a book called “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” – And so comes the heavy part of the project. Light is about life – without light there is no life. The light of the sun fuels the planet. Light is a symbol used in churches for life itself. Some catholic churches begin their midnight Easter services in darkness. Then when the light of the rising sun comes through the stained glass window the worshippers light candles. The light then goes from one person to the next. This is how life and energy works. The seed of the man impregnates the woman and thus begins a new life. But the energy is there before. – the burning desire of the individuals for each other – this energy is the fuel of life. When we look to the sun as for example Olafur Eliasens: “Sun” at the Tate Modern we find calmness. We are reassured that everything is all right. So is it with light art – we find a space for solace and contemplation or just a pleasing view – whatever we find – we are enriched – such is the nature of light art.

Linz is the perfect venue for a departure into an area filled with light art. When you arrive in Linz by boat you are greeted by several great examples of light art. Lentos Art Museum and Ars Electronica Center each on their own side of the Danube with light incorporated into their facades. Lentos the older building and is probably the inspiration for the facade of Ars is at night a pattern of blue light which at night with its reflection in the Danube is absolutely beautiful. The Ars Electronica Center with its every changing display is a real experience. But there are also other lights incorporated in the architecture, which are truly pleasing to the eye. The bridge across the Danube and is also worth noticing. Thus the palate wetted and greeted by the city of Linz we can step off the boat and begin to explore the city of Linz and the artworks placed into the public spaces by the artists of the festival.

Peet Thomsen

Organisation: Martina Schettina, Manfred Kielnhofer
Consultant: Peet Thomsen NY / Copenhagen
Curator: Laura Plana Gracia ES

“last call for artists”
Die Einreichungen werden bis 1. Sept. für die Präsentationen entgegen genommen.


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