Hans Hollein, Chair, 1972, white flagging on kern, 37 3/5 × 24 2/5 × 24 2/5”.


Hans Hollein

Neue Galerie Graz
Joanneumsviertel, access Kalchberggasse
November 27, 2011–April 9, 2012

Curated by Peter Weibel

“Everything is architecture,” declared Viennese architect Hans Hollein in April 1968. Appearing in the journal Bau, the proclamation accompanied images of what this expanded architecture might encompass: astronauts, bubbles, a pill. Such objects of contemporary life also fuel his “Transformation” collages, 1963–68, in which a spark plug, blown up in scale, becomes a gleaming tower, and an aircraft carrier, rising out of a barren landscape, suggests a fortified city. For the first comprehensive retrospective of his work (and the first exhibition in the recently relocated museum’s new home), Hollein will realize a sculpture based on another image from that series—the looming, chamfered form of a train car perched atop a raised plaza. Framing the Pritzker-winning architect as an artist, the exhibition foregrounds his multidisciplinary work in sculpture, writing, and design. Though if we take Hollein at his word, it’s all architecture.