Oliver Klimpel

Cat-Tree for the Arts and other Interventions

19.02.2019-31.12.2022


Venue: Foyer

Oliver Klimpel was invited by the Kunsthaus to oversee the redesign of the new foyer and entrance area, including the new museum shop. Klimpel works at the intersection of art and design and produced a range of interior interventions and designs that are now permanent features at the Kunsthaus. These works are based on the belief that a museum not only expresses itself through the works of art exhibited, but also through the narratives of its spaces, its internal processes, and its relationship with the public.

His works for the Kunsthaus vary in the materials and media used, but share an interest in the (occasionally failed) utopias of art and design, and the avant-gardes of the last two centuries. Oliver Klimpel contextualises the flamboyant architecture of the Kunsthaus (Cook/Fournier, 2003) with specific references from visual culture.

 










The Cat-Tree for the Arts, 2019
Display sculpture, epoxy-resin surface,
reinforced steel frame, MDF

The Cat-Tree for the Artsis the name of the new central sculpture in the foyer. Unlike a traditional sculpture, it also allows exhibitions and displays to be staged in the entrance area: a vertical space inhabited by changing artefacts, works of arts, stories and installations. Gleaming mysteriously, the flexible sculpture mimics the courageous gestures of early Modernism, as well as the fictional and pop-cultural avatars of architecture in science fiction.
 

Gallery

Find out more about the first exhibition

[Translate to English:] Home Alone, 2018, Betonplastik - Laura Wagner
Exhibition

Cat-Tree: Laura Wagner

Obelisks

13.03.-22.04.2019 > Kunsthaus Graz, Katzenbaum für die Kunst, Foyer

Parallel to the joint exhibition Earth Series with Johann Lurf, Laura Wagner shows her multi-part concrete work Obelisks in the foyer of Kunsthaus Graz. She is the first artist to operate with the new exhibition furniture piece, pedestal and intervention space: A Cat-Tree for the Arts by Oliver Klimpel. more...

Get an impression of the last exhibitions

[Translate to English:] Home Alone, 2018, Betonplastik - Laura Wagner
Exhibition

Cat-Tree: Laura Wagner

Obelisks

13.03.-22.04.2019 > Kunsthaus Graz, Katzenbaum für die Kunst, Foyer

Parallel to the joint exhibition Earth Series with Johann Lurf, Laura Wagner shows her multi-part concrete work Obelisks in the foyer of Kunsthaus Graz. She is the first artist to operate with the new exhibition furniture piece, pedestal and intervention space: A Cat-Tree for the Arts by Oliver Klimpel. more...











The Fires of Yesterday, 2017/18
Functional furniture at the Kunsthaus Graz

Restoration and redesign of mobile bar elements, desk, counter,
multi-coloured lacquered and polished MDF, various materials.

The Fires of Yesterday  is a set of mobile furniture used for Kunsthaus events, functions and receptions. What happens when the revolutionary and transformative spirit of the Russian Constructivist painter Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin encounters a contemporary public space? Can the objects around us - white, with graphic references to Suetin’s work - spark a change in society and our consciousness, as was the Constructivists' belief at the beginning of the last century?


 











Museum Shop, 2018
Interior and lighting concept, display objects, furniture elements

The shop was redesigned in a sensitive and non-obstructive approach that relates to the open architecture of the Kunsthaus, opening up the new space with a view through to the back, while creating a stronger dialogue between the interior spaces and the outside.

A set of clay-coloured display structures for presentation are combined with flat plinths and tall shelving. Integrating some Perspex bookshelves designed by Vito Acconci in 1992 for the Walther König's  Documenta IX bookshop and taking material cues from it, the shop architecture blends a minimal range of different materials and colours into a space that negotiates the politics of display in the arts - and retail practice.


 











K.H.G., 2018/19
Doormats, synthetic fibres, rubber,
Brolli GesmbH

Oliver Klimpel designed a seven-piece series of carpets for the Kunsthaus. Each piece imagines a different fictional history and identity for the Kunsthaus through a logo (KHG) and a design that revisits different periods and progressive positions in art, from Polynesian-influenced Art Nouveau to early Modernist weaving  designs, from formalised geometric lettering to a Counter-Cultural Gonzo mascot, all integrating the acronymic name of the Kunsthaus, K.H.G.
 

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