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During La Biennale di Venezia | 57th International Art Exhibition

EXILES

Xenia Hausner

PALAZZO BEMBO VENICE
Personal Structures: Crossing Borders
13.05 – 26.11.2017
www.palazzobembo.org
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

 

EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION 2000-2016)

2016
“Frau im Bild – Female Portraits from the Würth Collection”, Galleri Würth, Oslo
“Rendezvous, Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Essl”, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg

2015
“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

2014
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

2013
“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

2012

“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

2011
“Xenia Hausner – Damage”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
“Sense of Family”, Installation Ringturm, Vienna
“Glasmalerei der Moderne”, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe

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

2009
“Xenia Hausner”, Palais Liechtenstein, Forum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Feldkirch
“Yearning for an Image: the Portrait through the Ages”, Kunsthalle Krems

2008
“ON Europe” first Montijo International Biennal, Portugal
“You and I”, Forum Gallery, New York

2007
“Two”, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich
“Back to the Figure”, Kunsthaus, Vienna

2006
“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

2005
“Round Leather Worlds”, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
“Physiognomy of the 2nd Republic”, Austrian Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
“Xenia Hausner – Glücksfall”, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz

2004
“Upper Class – Working Girl”, Galerie der Stadt Salzburg
“Strange. Reports of a Far Nearness”, Kunstfest Weimar “Pélerinages”
“Xenia Hausner – 2nd Nature”, Charim Galerie, Vienna

2003
“Xenia Hauser – Lady’s Choice”, Galerie Deschler, Berlin
“Xenia Hausner – New Paintings”, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles

2002
“Xenia Hausner – Paintings”, Galerie Kämpf, Basel
“Xenia Hausner – Paintings”, Galerie Hohmann, Hamburg

2001
“Xenia Hausner – New Works”, Rupertinum, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
“Works on Paper”, Galerie 422, Gmunden
“Xenia Hausner – New Works”, Galerie Thomas, Munich

2000
“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