During La Biennale di Venezia | Palazzo Bembo | EXILES | Xenia Hausner

During La Biennale di Venezia | 57th International Art Exhibition


Xenia Hausner

Personal Structures: Crossing Borders
13.05 – 26.11.2017
Riva del Carbon # 4793, 30124 Venezia, Italy

It‘s the silence that touches you first. These are farewells, but there are no requests or reas-surances, no last greetings or promises. The protagonists are mute. A little boy is lifted up to the window, but even he seems to be stret-ching out his hand without a word toward one of the passengers in the compartment. The par-ticipants speak with their hands. They are not gesticulating – they are reaching out, holding on, pointing to something invisible.
What kind of silent farewells are these? Why do these searching pairs of eyes never meet? And why do some of the figures reappear in the three scenes in different groupings and on dif-ferent trains? What kind of journey are they re-ally embarking on?

A disturbing new perspective on the travelers slowly intensifies. Isolated from one another, gesticulating silently, they are enclosed in a latent panic. They are fighting for a place, for room to breathe, pressing themselves towards the open window, smothering one another. They are not tourists, nor are they refugees – they are on a journey whose terminus they themsel-ves don‘t know. The train compartments were once part of an orderly network of timetables and destinations (the numbers on the carria-ges still show signs of this), but they long ago fell into disrepair, were several times repainted, changed owners, purposes, end stations, and now, in the age of air travel, have become cu-rious anachronisms. The travelers themselves are young, dressed in modern clothes, part of a different world. Yet they are not looking forward to what awaits them. They are too alone, too occupied with fighting for their own survival.
from Philipp Blom  “Three Farewells – Submerged” Translation: Veronica Buckley



“Frau im Bild – Female Portraits from the Würth Collection”, Galleri Würth, Oslo
“Rendezvous, Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Essl”, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg

“From Hockney to Holbein. The Würth Collection in Berlin”, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
“Personal Structures: Crossing Borders”, Palazzo Mora, Venice
“Soft Power”, Leo Gallery, Shanghai
“Girl, Girls, Girls”, Galerie Deschler, Berlin
Xenia Hausner “Some Hope”, FO.KU.S, Innsbruck

Xenia Hausner “Look Left – Look Right”, Today Art Museum, Bejing
Xenia Hausner “Look Left – Look Right”, The Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong
“Glanzlichter. Meisterwerke zeitgenössischer Glasmalerei im Naumburger Dom”, Naumburg
“Die Andere Sicht“, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg

“Sie. Selbst. Nackt.” Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen
“Painting Water”, Berlin Art Week, Galerie Deschler
“A.E.I.O.U. – Österreichische Aspekte in der Sammlung Würth”, Museum Würth, Künzelsau


“Xenia Hausner – ÜberLeben”, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
5th Beijing International Art Biennial, Beijing (China)
“Glass painting of the 21st century“, Centre international du Vitrail, Chartres
“Xenia Hausner – Flagrant délit“, Musée Würth France, Erstein

“Xenia Hausner – Damage”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
“Sense of Family”, Installation Ringturm, Vienna
“Glasmalerei der Moderne”, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe

“Intimacy. Bathing in Art”, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen
“Trailblazer”, Gabriele Münter Prize 2010, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

“Xenia Hausner”, Palais Liechtenstein, Forum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Feldkirch
“Yearning for an Image: the Portrait through the Ages”, Kunsthalle Krems

“ON Europe” first Montijo International Biennal, Portugal
“You and I”, Forum Gallery, New York

“Two”, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich
“Back to the Figure”, Kunsthaus, Vienna

“Back to the Figure – Contemporary Painting”, Kunsthalle der Hypokulturstiftung, Munich
“Works on Paper”, Forum Gallery, New York
“Xenia Hausner – Glücksfall”, Kunsthaus Wien
“Austria: 1900 – 2000 Confrontations and Continuities”, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg

“Round Leather Worlds”, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
“Physiognomy of the 2nd Republic”, Austrian Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
“Xenia Hausner – Glücksfall”, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz

“Upper Class – Working Girl”, Galerie der Stadt Salzburg
“Strange. Reports of a Far Nearness”, Kunstfest Weimar “Pélerinages”
“Xenia Hausner – 2nd Nature”, Charim Galerie, Vienna

“Xenia Hauser – Lady’s Choice”, Galerie Deschler, Berlin
“Xenia Hausner – New Paintings”, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles

“Xenia Hausner – Paintings”, Galerie Kämpf, Basel
“Xenia Hausner – Paintings”, Galerie Hohmann, Hamburg

“Xenia Hausner – New Works”, Rupertinum, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
“Works on Paper”, Galerie 422, Gmunden
“Xenia Hausner – New Works”, Galerie Thomas, Munich

“Xenia Hausner – Heart Matters”, Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum, and Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg
“Xenia Hausner – Heart Matters”, Forum Gallery, New York
“Xenia Hausner – Paintings”, Ernst Barlach Museum, Hamburg Wedel