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Hans Schabus, Laßnitz

Hans Schabus, »Laßnitz«, 2012

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Born 1970 in Watschig, Austria; lives in Vienna.
Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

The sculptures and installations of Hans Schabus disclose the relationship between the viewer and space, for they always are directly related to the location for which they are created. His artistic approach is rigorously analytical: the geographical and historical dimensions of the selected sites are closely examined and elaborately researched so as to experience new dimensions through the sculptural reprocessing. Schabus has explored cave systems such as the sewer canals of Vienna, for example, which he then traversed with the little sailboat "Optimist" in 2002 for the piece »River Wien«. Likewise, he builds imaginary landscapes. For the Venice Biennale in 2005, he created »The Last Land« (fig.), a monumental sculpture of a mountain with which he covered the architecture of the Austrian pavilion. Within the massif, a labyrinthine of stairwells divided the space, thus enabling the visitors to physically experience the plasticity of the environment.

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2008 »Next Time I'm Here I'll Be There«, The Curve – Barbican Art Gallery, London
2006 »Internal Security«, Kunstverein Kassel

Projects (Selection)
2008 »Open up Communication«, Tanzquartier Vienna
since 2003 »Auf der Suche nach der endlosen Säule« (»In Search of the Endless Column«), picture collection

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2009 »The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen-Bornemizsa Art Contemporary Collection«, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2008 16th Biennale of Sydney
2007 »Sea Pieces. From Max Beckmann to Gerhard Richter«, Hamburger Kunsthalle
2005 51st Venice Biennale, Austrian Pavilion
2002 »Manifesta 4 – European Biennale of Contemporary Art«, Frankfurt

Awards and Grants (Selection)
2006 Arnold Bode Prize, Kassel
2006 Award of the City of Vienna
2005 MAK Schindler Scholarship, Los Angeles
2005 Kardinal König Prize, Salzburg