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Bregenz

Heimo Zobernig

Kunsthaus Bregenz
Karl-Tizian-Platz
November 11 - January 10

Curated by Thomas D. Trummer

Today, it’s hard not to feel a little bad for high-modernist abstraction. Everyone gives it such a tough time. And since the 1980s, Heimo Zobernig has been one of its most cheerful antagonists, giving due respect to the monochrome and the grid but then gleefully polluting the geometric purity of these structures with utilitarian or ostensibly base media—drawing, architecture, design, and, most notably, theater. Sited in Peter Zumthor’s 1997 Zen-Brutalist Kunsthaus Bregenz, this exhibition—featuring a selection of work made between 1980 and the present and spanning three floors—will find the artist effecting polydisciplinary contamination at a maximalist scale: As part of the city’s annual Bregenzer Festspiele, he will contribute to the production of an opera. Break a leg.