AØH Recommendation: Astrup Fearnley Museet showing Damien Hirst & Anselm Kiefer

Astrup Fearnly Museum by architect Renzo Piano is one of the largest contemporary art museums I’ve visited so far.
Upon approaching the building I saw a bridge connecting two parts of the building which in comparison with Snøhetta’s Oslo Opera building connected the two part glass structure of the building with each other mainly using the materials wood and glass. In this manner there it created the sensation of openness a welcoming invitation to come inside and explore the building as well from the inside. In the back yard I saw a sculpture by Indian artist Anish Kapoor represented by Lisson Gallery, London: https://www.lissongallery.com

The main spaces however, are clearly distinct in terms of opening up to the sides and creating a vast feeling expanding to all sides of the space housing and counterpositioning contemporary art known to picture the art scene of the ‘Here and Now’ created anew with possibility to still get the insight from the artists first of hand. In a conversation with my flight seating neighbour we discussed the term contemporary and what it means yesterday and I could explain that contrary to the timewise adjacent Modernism the art has actually been created anew and quoting an article titled ‘Comrades of time’ by philosopher and art critic Boris Groys in the E-flux Reader ‘What Is Contemporary Art’? he stated as well already inherent in the title of his text that we are able to still be together with the artists defined as ‘Comrades’ of our current day-to-day life. Quoting from his article he says: Contemporary art deserves its name insofar as it manifests its own contemporaneity – and this is not simply a matter of being recently made or displayed. Thus the question ‘What is contemporary art’ implicates the question ‘What is the contemporary?’ How could the contemporary as such be shown? 1)

Adding to this notion I have curated a group exhibition at my then gallery space Para_SITE which was founded to showcase contemporary art mainly students of the art universities for Applied Arts & Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the FH Joanneum in Graz, Austria where the gallery was based in the city centre. The translation to German with a term I created was ‘Zeitgenöss_innen’ by choice gendering as in my curatorial practise I tried to equal both female as well as male artists being able to present their work in the small white cube space presenting themselves to the public for the first time or at first in a commercial context that supported their work with small or none at all commissions as funded by the local funding boards and the BMUKK today Bundeskanzleramt therefore being able to support the artists in this manner with sales solely benefiting themselves. To summerise in short ‘Comrades of Time’ equals ‘Zeitgenöss_innen’ inherent both comrades as Genöss_innen and ‘of Time’ Zeit’ reflecting the term ‘Zeitgenössisch’ in English ‘Contemporary’.
The art experience at Astrup Fearnley makes as well supported by the building itself best use of the curatorial concept presenting Contemporary Art counterpositioning and streching it like a conceptual web allowing for different settings depending on the point of view within the space and the location the visitor directs her or his gaze towards the curatorial positioning. Wandering around in the exhibition I realised that no matter where I stood the presentation of a handful of contemporary works always created a perfect setting allowing for several encompassing and clearly structured settings. The presentation was based on colour coding, sculpture versus painting or print works and conent-wise across the two open floors of the show. These curatorial concept I am using as well in my own curatorial practise as well connecting the three floors of my art space the landmark Bell Tower by means of Deja-vues reminding of the seen when walking from the ground floor to the second floor like a web created by the visual complexities of the human eye, just recently in Anna Werzowa’s exhibition ‘Creation by Nature’ making us experience her body of work by means of ‘Sichtachsen’ like being an insect exploring a space as we showcased her work incorporating her insects being presented using a technical as well as natural historic approach.
In the exhibition Private Passion New Aquisitions in the Astrup Fearnly Collection the curatorial display by Gunnar B. Kvaran opened up various assemblages of the works presented relating to each other nearly endlessly communicating with each other.
Like in my personal approach to art critisism and curatorial practise I choose one work to depart from on my personal journey or more concret my personal story I am telling about the experience when walking through the art display. This as well is incorporated in my ‘Art Ark/ Brückenschlag der Kunst’ educational programme as part of every exhibition in the framework of ‘Zu Gast am Schlossberg’ in English ‘Visiting Schlossberg Mountain’ opening up several stories to be told by means of the subjective approach by every visitor. Like the French philosopher Michel Foucault wrote the positioning and inherent spacial setting created new stories to be spread by word of mouth adding to the experience of the visit of galleries or in my case independent art space using the Bell Tower and creating a marketing possibility stronger than any other means of communication. The invisible web created by us as curators leads to an infinite communication about the art and every personal view is since the foundation of the exhibition series incorporated in my personal curatorial guided tours through the exhibitions as well being mentioned in the limited edition AØH Art Publication realised in the framework of every exhibition.
At the museum in Oslo the invisible web was enlarged by the museum guards wearing jackets with the printed text ‘Let’s Talk Art’ inviting to engage in discussion about what’s on view in a very reduced manner not forcing or inflicting an opinion on the viewer. This is as well my own approach simply being there when needed other than that experiencing the exhibition in solitude. Challenging for myself as an exhibition guide and guard at the same time engaging with the visitors on a personal level especially those who were bias last in Werzowa’s display and by means of an always doggerent approach suiting the requirements by the individual visitors creating an art experience that viewers can benefit from personally. As inherent in the commercial world the ‘Buyer is queen or king’ added to by myself ‘Everyone is treated equally be it doctor or professor as well as homeless or beggar. Funilly enough I habe tge experience that those dressed like homeless are most likely to buy art, probably like in my case that expensive clothing is not as important as the addiction to add to ones art collection.
Astrup Fearnly is currently housing a collection display under the title ‘Private Passion New Aquisitions in the Astrup Fearnley Collection’ and a survey with seminal works by German artist Anselm Kiefer curated by Natalia Granero and Gunnar B. Kvaran travelling to the Fondation Jan Michalski from 7th February until the 7th of April 2020. In the second adjecent space as well works by British artist Damien Hirst are on view which steem from his participation in ‘Sensation’ at the Royal Academy in 1997 marking the beginning of Britain’s art movement YBA (Young British Art) portraying the contemporary art scene of the late 90s in the United Kingdom mainly backed by Marketing Mongul Charles Saatchi. Years later after my thesis on the Investment strategy when buying Austrian Contemporary Art under the title ‘Is Austrian Contemporary Art a Good Investment’? leading to my answer to YBA and creation of the movement YACA (Young Austrian Contemporary Art) as the result of my research concluded in it being a good investment but the marketing and spread of notion as well as ankering in the public notion nationally but as well focusing mainly on internationalisation like once achieved by ‘Actionism’ in the 60s till 90s that gained international respect by means of attracting attention by performance art e.g. by Peter Weibel & Valie Export.
Anselm Kiefer’s Personale at the Astrup Fearnly Museum presented large scale works overwhelming both in size and strength maling us small besides them.
Relating to knowledge by means of showing journals and large scale sculptures of books the impression is created that reading books results in accumulation of knowledge making our life and the time spent worthwile. At the same time being monumental in size reflecting that knowledge is infinite as well creating a slightly pressuring sensation from my personal view. The pressure and at times depression knowledge about worrying content can lead to especially when portrayed in a ‘reisserisch’ writing style by some boulevard and yellow press news media frightening the public results in wrong impressions leading to fright and panic in our society. Secrets we often stumble upon or are leading to change and necessity to adapt to a new approach in our day-to-day life, like one might say: What we saw with a distant view years ago only known from far away countries informed about in television and daily press now happens right in front of our doorsteps. Like we donated around Christmas to children and as well as elderly or the poorest in need happens today right on our doorsteps and becomes frightening as we need to really face it not just write a cheque and not be further involved.
Once before we were made aware of war and destruction during the fachist and Nazi  times all accross the world, now we face fugitives dying on their way to reach secure and peacful lands being followed and imprissiond in their homecountries only because they state their personal views with society that suffers from repression and dictatorship.
Do we pay our debts to society to quiet our conscience or simply buy food for the homeless with a friendly supporting conversation  like in my case better than the payment which might reach organisations but not the suffering?
Key to the approach to provide shelter and support is in- not exclusion and our willingness to help by being open to the new that reaches us like here in Austria still our haven and island of security and peace. Why not share it with the suffering by being open to change and diminish our predigist. This is meant to be a credo by both locals as well as those asking for help. Racism is always both sided which I know from personal experience being treated racist by people from foreign countries still I stay true to my way to treat everyone equally not drift into being bias towards people from foreign countries strange to ourseves and our way of living.
Anselm Kiefer’s work left the impression on me that today’s world needs a more open approach towards inclusion in contrary to fierce rejection of things alien to our own culture and way of living. Standing between his large-scale sculptures amd manuscripts I felt like a little sandkorn in the wide array of the universe of wisdom. Inspired by his work I got a book with a text about his work and a small childrens’ tale Niels Holgerson which seemed related to the wide openess of the Nordic landscapes that this book is set in.
The next exhibition titled ‘The Great Exhibition’ will be by Gilbert & George who are represented by my new co-operation partner Lehmann Maupin based in London, Hong Kong & New York: https://www.lehmannmaupin.com/
The App of the Astrup Fesrnley Museum that can be downloaded for free gives further educational insight in the exhibitions on view or for those of us that prefer the analogue world like me, engage in a discussion with the museum guides as offered: ‘Let’s talk Art’!
All my best,
Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Curator & Independent Art Critic

1) Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle: e-flux journal, What is Contemporary Art?, art. Boris Groys: Comrades of Time, p. 22, Sternberg Press New York, 2010

Copyright visual material & review: Daniela Haberz, M.A. for AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.

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Schörgelgasse 32, 8010 Graz, Austria
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AØH Recommendation: Opera House in Oslo, Norway

Photographing and approaching the Oslo Opera House in Norway I came to the conclusion that the building has similarities with structures of pyramides.

Shapes that appeared continiously in the architectural concept by Norwegian Snøhetta are the triangle and the combination of two forms to a rectangle.

Small stairways with small steps led up on the side of the building cornering the triangle shaped seating area and bear similarities with the skyline of ancient pyramid structures.

The shadow on the side of the building added another layer to the building enlarging it by means of natural light.

As in my curatorial concepts, last in the exhibition ‘Creation by Natur’ by young Austrian artist Anna Werzowa in May/ June 2019, shadows are a main importance in my curatorial practice as this way the art can be put in perspective with the existing architecture. The newly created  art sculpture ‘Flight of the Dragonfly’, 2019 by Anna Werzowa was set in her exhibition in a triangle shape to  counterposition the art work with the existing architecture  of the Bell Tower on Schlossberg Mountain dating from the 15th century and by means of falling in daylight and artificial light, created shadows that prolonged the quadryptichon sculpture onto the surrounding walls of the landmark.

The light played an essential role in Snøhetta’s architectural concept too and by means of a large glass structure in the middle of the building that span from one side to the other and standing on the side slopes allowed to view the entire space inside from the outside. Mirroring glass reflecting sunlight created an additional conceptual level which I often include in my curatorial work as well.

In case of the contemporary architecture of the Oslo Opera a sculpture by the Danish Islandic artist Olafur Eliasson created light in the corners of the building that were not reached by daylight and as well spun the structure of the sculpture consisting of small triangle shapes  as well due to the glass structure near the sculpture that mirrored it to infinity.

As mentioned above the building has a clear reference to the ancient building methods of pyramides which Snøhetta brought to the Here and Now of contemporary Architecture and Art.

All my best,

Daniela Haberz, M.A.

Independent Art Advisor

AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.

Photo Credits: Daniela Haberz, M.A. for AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.




Dan Graham – Contemplation Kitchen Gallery, Graz – 21st of February 2019

Dan Graham – Contemplation curated by Daniela Haberz, M.A.
at the Kitchen Gallery, Graz, Austria
Opening: Thursday, 21st of February 3.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Finissage: Saturday, 30st of March 2019 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

‘Sketch for Two Way Mirror/ Hedge Arabesque, 2013 by Dan Graham

***Für Deutschen Text bitte nach unten scrollen******

Researching on the artist Dan Graham in October Files 11 and reflecting upon my visit of the exhibition at Lisson Gallery in London in October last year, as well as the limited edition art print I bought, I’ve come up with a list of thoughts on the term ’Contemplation’ and what it means to myself as well as what the action or rather time passing of contemplating results in.

Pondering, considering, lost in thoughts, concretising, defining, developing, back and forth, focusing on here and now, cutting ties with dreams, realistic behaviour versus dreamworld, giving it up entirely? Just some sort of loopiness allowed? All certainty? All lost? Living here and now – forget the past, cut ties with former life, start anew, we’re going back to the start, wondering which start it was, our start, my former starts?

Window to the future, portal to the past – which one to choose? 

Pondering – Time loop

Two way mirror – Me versus We

Entry Exit Back – Scattered

Put together (By someone else)

Lifted up – Dropping down – Lifting up – Dropping down

– Spirraled – 

Today’s society and working methods let us appear to be in a constant loop of the same old routines producing constant déjà-vus, being captured in a time loop seeming to never end.

Real life versus pondering, constantly interchanged in our life. Where would the world be without research of numerous scientists or like in former times, philosophers walking in circles thinking up the innovations of today. Time is of the essence for realisation of the things that surround us. 

Like in the British parliament, currently discussed day-in and day-out in the Brexit proposals for a future relationship with the European Union, voices need to be heard not simply suppressed to realise a joint agreement, remembering that with the final contract, both sides will face the same obstacles.

Sitting in front of Dan Graham’s art work at Lisson Gallery allowed me to see myself mirrored in his work, however only like a mere shadow reflected in the plexi glass structure. Previously I have taken a similar photograph at the Art Basel Unlimited section reflecting myself in a Pavilion structure by Dan Graham presented by Lisson Gallery.

The focus lies on the art work, but the public, in this case myself, is still reflected in the realisation of his work, but not in the foreground but rather as a mere shadow in the distance only documented in photographs. I conscientiously choose the term realisation of his work, as further developed by his performances the visitor is vital to Graham’s working method. Even though his creative output resulted in an art work, we engage with it and therewith develop it further. Like Foucault says the visitor further develops the work carrying it out into real life, by further definition by ones own words.

In his performances Graham engages with the audience, the public is asked to define himself, he defines the audience. It’s a ’Me’ versus ’We’ resulting in creating a better understanding of Graham’s personality by himself, mirrored in the eyes of the audience.

The experience created by these performances make us aware of, or allow us to take time to encounter events and in a grander realm, life to the full extent, which is expressed in Graham’s Collected Memories resulting from his engagement with the audience.

A succession of Time – Thoughts – Experience – Memory, were my associations reading about his work and by looking at his works, which led to my creation of the title for the exhibition ’Contemplation’ in this realm ’Results’ are no priority, as schedules are not inherent to contemplation. Where does the performance end and what does the public take away for themselves? The question, we pose to ourselves is, do we encompass the art on show into our own lives to learn more about ourselves. Would Graham be where he is today without the public involved is another angle to view. Dan Graham’s ultimate result is discovering himself by means of being described by the audience.

Like in the single art work being on show at the Kitchen Gallery in Graz poignantly reduced by his simple inscription: ’Dan Graham with Dan Graham’ signed Dan Graham

The Me versus Us results into a ‘Me’, one could say enhanced by the ‘We’, quoted in the beginning in my word collection and spiralled, until the next encounter with the public takes place.

The exhibition can be viewed and engaged with upon personal request only, to leave time and space to contemplate.
Curated by Daniela Haberz, M.A. for AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.

Kindly supported by the County of Styria Culture, Europe & Foreign Affairs and the City of Graz Culture



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Dan Graham – ’Contemplation’ – kuratiert von Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Kitchen Gallery, Graz, Austria 21. Februar – 30. März 2019

Eröffnung: Donnerstag, 21. Februar 15:00 – 21:00 Uhr
Finissage: Samstag, 30. März 11:00 – 15:00 Uhr

Während meiner Beschäftigung mit dem Künstler Dan Graham und der Reflexion über meinen Besuch seiner Ausstellung in der Lisson Gallery in London, sowie dem limitierten Kunstdruck den ich erworben habe definierte ich eine Wortsammlung zum englischen Begriff ’Contemplation’ zu Deutsch ’Kontemplation’ und was der Begriff für mich bedeutet oder worin die Handlung oder vielmehr der Zeitvertreib von ’Contemplation’ resultiert.

Überlegen, Bedenken, Gedankenverloren, Konkretisieren, Definieren, Entwickeln, Vor und Zurück, fokussieren auf das ’Hier und Jetzt’, loslassen von Träumen, realistisches Handeln versus Traumwelt, das völlige Aufgeben derselben? Etwas Verrücktheit erlaubt? Völlige Sicherheit? Alles verloren? Das Leben im Hier & Jetzt – Aufgeben der Vergangenheit, die Brücke zum vorhergehendem Leben abbrechen, Neuer Start, wir kehren zum Anfang zurück, überlegen welcher Anfang das war, unser Start oder meine vergangenen Anfänge?

Fenster zur Zukunft, Portal zur Vergangenheit – welche Wahl treffen?

Überlegen – Zeitspirale

Doppelter Spiegel – Ich versus Wir

Eingang – Ausgang – zurück – verstreut (Zusammengesetzt von jemand anderem)

Aufgehoben – Niedergefallen – Aufheben – Fallen lassen

– Unendlich weitergeführt –

Die heutige Gesellschaft und unsere Arbeitsmethoden erscheinen uns in einer Endlosschleife der immer gleichen Routinen, welche in konstanten Déjà-vues resultieren, gefangen in einer nie enden wollenden Zeitschleife. Echtes Leben versus Gedankenverlorenheit, im ständigen Austausch.

Wo wäre die Welt heute ohne die Recherche der zahlreichen Wissenschaftler oder in früheren Zeiten der Philosophen, die in Kreisen wandelten um die Innovationen unserer heutigen Zeit zu entwickeln? Zeit is wesentlich zur Umsetzung der Dinge, die uns umgeben.

Wie im Britischen Parlament derzeit tagein und tagaus zur Entwicklung der Brexitpläne für eine zukünftige Beziehung zur Europäischen Union diskutiert, müssen Stimmen der Bevölkerung gehört werden, nicht einfach unterdrückt, um eine gemeinsame Lösung zu finden, uns zu erinnern, dass der endgültige Vertrag beide Seiten in gleichen Maßen betrifft, wir dieselben Hürden überbrücken müssen.

Vor der Skulptur von Dan Graham in der Lisson Gallery in London zu sitzen ermöglichte mir mich selbst in der Plexiglas Struktur zu spiegeln. Vor Kurzem habe ich ein ähnliches Bild auf der Art Basel Unlimited Messe gespiegelt in einem anderen ’Pavillon’, wie Graham’s Skulpturen benannt werden fotografiert, welche ebenfalls von der Lisson Gallery in London ausgestellt wurde. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf dem Kunstwerk selbst, jedoch das Publikum, in dem Fall ich selbst, ist wesentlich für die Realisierung der Arbeit, nicht im Vordergrund sondern als ein reiner Schatten in der Weite, dokumentiert rein durch die Fotografien.

Hierbei wähle ich bewusst den Begriff ’Realisierung’ seines Werkes, da für die Weiterentwicklung von Dan Graham’s Performances der Besucher wesentlich ist. Auch wenn die kreative Umsetzung von Graham in einem Kunstwerk resultiert, interagieren wir Besucher_innen damit und entwickeln es dadurch weiter.

Wie Foucault sagt, interagiert die/ der Besucher_in mit einem Objekt und trägt es hinaus in die Welt, durch Beschreibung ihrer/ seiner eigenen Worte. In seinen Performances interagiert Graham mit dem Publikum das aufgefordert wird ihn zu beschreiben, anschließend beschreibt er das Publikum. Es ist ein ’Ich versus ’Wir’, das in einem besseren Verständnis von Dan Graham’s Persönlichkeit durch ihn selbst resultiert, gespiegelt in den Augen des Publikums.

Die Erfahrung, die aus seinen Performances entsteht macht uns bewusst oder gibt uns Zeit Begegnungen oder im größeren Kontext das Leben in vollem Ausmaße zu erleben, was durch die Kommunikation mit dem Publikum in Dan Graham’s ’Collected Memories’, zu Deutsch ’Gesammelten Erfahrungen’ resultiert.

Eine Folge von Zeit – Gedanken – Erfahrungen – Gedächtnis waren meine Assoziationen beim Lesen über und dem Betrachten seiner künstlerischen Werke, was zum Titel der von mir kuratierten Ausstellung ’Contemplation’ in der Kitchen Gallery in Graz führte. In dieser Beziehung sind Resultate nicht vorrangig, da zeitliche Terminisierung dem Vorgang der Kontemplation nicht inhärent sind.

Wo endet die Performance oder künstlerische Aufführung und was nimmt das Publikum für sich selbst mit? Die Frage, die wir uns selbst stellen, beziehen wir Kunst in unser Leben mit ein, um mehr über uns selbst zu erfahren? Wäre Dan Graham ohne das Involvieren des Publikums heute da wo er ist, ist ein anderer Blickwinkel der in Betracht gezogen wird. Dan Graham’s schlussendliches Ergebnis ist sich selbst zu erkennen, durch Beschreibung des Publikums.

Wie in dem einzigen in der Kitchen Gallery in Graz ausgestelltem Kunstwerk in seiner Signierung treffend formuliert: ’Dan Graham mit Dan Graham’ signiert Dan Graham.

Das ’Wir’ resultiert in einem ’Ich’, man könnte sagen verbessert durch das ’Wir’, wie in meiner vorangegangenen Wortsammlung beschrieben – ins Unendliche fortgeführt, bis das nächste Zusammentreffen mit dem Publikum stattfindet.

Die Ausstellung kann nach Terminvereinbarung betrachtet und mit ihr interagiert werden, zur Kontemplation und für Zeit für eigene Gedanken.

Kuratiert von Daniela Haberz, M.A. für AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.

Gefördert durch das Land Steiermark Kultur, Europa & Außenbeziehungen und der Stadt Graz Kultur.



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AØH Kitchen Gallery and AØH Art Library opening soon!

A new project by AØH Art Consultancy Haberz is under development. Opening with Brunch on the 30th of September 2017. It’s a private view for friends and members of the Consultancy only. Become a member if interested to be part of the private previews and receive a unique limited edition postcard for the bi-monthly events. Register under: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org

As from today, selected visitors have the opportunity to visit art works by emerging contemporary artists with focus on art editions which are affordable in price to as well attract collectors with a small budget.
The AØH Art Library presents art books and DVDs that can be read during our regular opening hours from Monday to Thursday from 09:00 a.m. –  4.00 p.m. Friday & Saturday the Library and gallery can be visited on appointment only. Please arrange a private viewing with myself, Daniela Haberz, M.A. under: +43 (0) 664 182 8678 or under: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org

The AØH Art Library changes its books every two months as well as the AØH Art Gallery exhibitions, which will have a preview that visitors can register for private invitations under: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org

The use of the Library is free of charge, for taking a book home you need to be a member of AØH Art Consultancy Haberz for 5 €/ year which also includes participation in private viewings of the bi-monthly AØH Kitchen Gallery exhibitions and a unique limited edition postcard in the framework of every show.

Looking forward to engage in interesting art discussions and all my best,

Daniela Haberz, M.A., Akad. Kult.


Daniela Haberz, M.A., Akad. Kult., Curator

AØH Kitchen Gallery

Schörgelgasse 32, 8010 Graz, Austria

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‘Ding Dong Weltfrieden’ von Rene Berghold im Rahmen von ‘Zu Gast am Schlossberg’ Mai – Juni 2017

Pausen, Beitrag zu großen Kunstausstellungen bzw. -messen, 2017
Pauspapier, 6-teilige Serie je 21 x 30 cm







Am Freitag, 05. Mai 2017 um 16:00 Uhr eröffnet die Ausstellung ‘‘Ding Dong Weltfrieden’ des  jungen Steirischen Künstlers Rene Berghold im Rahmen von  ‘Zu Gast am Schlossberg’ im Glockenturm am Grazer Schlossberg. Der Grazer Glockenturm am Schlossberg wird in eine Klanginstallation verwandelt, die den Klang der Glocke, im Volksmund ‘Liesl’ genannt, aufgreift und mit Veränderungen der Höhen und Tiefen des Glockenklangs zur Melodie der Europäischen Hymne, ‘Ode an die Freude’ (Freude Schöner Götterfunken) von Ludwig van Beethoven, im gesamten Turm als Klangwolke hörbar macht.

Soundinstallation ‘Ding Dong Weltfrieden’ Dokumentationsvideo: ‘Ding Dong Weltfrieden’, 2017

Eine weitere neu entstehende Installation wird das in den Turm einfallende Tageslicht in den Innenraum verstärkt fortsetzen und erlaubt Besucher_innen sich im Spiegel betitelt mit ‘Freigeist/ Geistfrei‘ selbst zu fotografieren, eine Persiflage unserer selbst, die uns herausfordert Stellung zu beziehen, uns selbst zu hinterfragen. Ist der Freigeist den die Europäische Hymne ausdrückt noch Realität und stehen wir mit allen Konsequenzen dazu oder suchen wir uns die Leckerbissen heraus und ‘leave the rest’, wie man im Britischen so schön sagt, berauben dadurch die ‘Freiheit’ ihres inhaltlichen Gedankenguts.

Wichtige Ansatzpunkte kommen bei Berghold aus den Titeln seiner Werke, welche den Visuellen Elementen eine weitere Bedeutungsebene hinzufügt. Ausgewählte Kurzfilme des Künstlers Berghold werden auf der zweiten Etage des Glockenturms einen Einblick in sein meist auch humoristisches Werk geben, bei dem beispielsweise eine Arbeit den Werdegang einer künstlerischen Karriere darstellt. Zu sehen ist der Künstler, der ein Loch in einen Holzsessel schlägt und sich anschließend auf diese Lücke setzt. Betitelt ist das Werk mit ‘Der Künstler schlägt sich durch’/ ‘Der Künstler setzt sich durch‘, 2015. Mit Witz trifft er den Ernst der Lage, wie den Nagel auf den Kopf und lässt uns Schmunzelnd zurück.

Bestehende grafische Zeichnungen und fotografische Arbeiten werden in den Nischen und Ecken des Glockenturms, durch ein kuratorisches Konzept so platziert, dass der Besucher sich auf einer Entdeckungsreise durch die drei Ebenen des Glockenturms befindet, auf den Spuren des künstlerischen Werkes Berghold’s, der wie in der Klanginstallation zu sehen aus dem musikalischen Bereich kommt und seine künstlerischen Werke zuletzt in Wien im Ausstellungsraum ‘Brick 5’ gemeinsam mit zwei weiteren jungen Steirern präsentiert hat.

Im Rahmen der Ausstellungseröffnung am Freitag, 05. Mai um 15:00 Uhr gibt es eine Führung durch mich in meiner Rolle als Kuratorin und den Künstler Rene Berghold, welche auch für Pressefragen genutzt werden kann. Die Ansprache findet um 16:00 Uhr mit einem Vertreter des Bürgermeisters statt.

Die Ausstellung ist ein Projekt der AØH Art Consultancy Haberz unter der Leitung von Daniela Haberz, M.A. gefördert durch die Stadt Graz und das Bürgermeisteramt der Stadt Graz.

Wir freuen uns auf ihren Besuch und Berichterstattung, nachstehend alle Daten im Überblick.

Download Pressetext Deutsch: Pressetext Berghold

Rechte Kunstwerke: Rene Berghold

Bildrechte Fotodokumentation: AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.


Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Kuratorin, AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.

Eröffnung: Fr., 05. Mai 2017 16:00 – 19:00 Uhr
Presserundgang: 05. Mai 2017 15:00 Uhr
Ausstellungsdauer: 06.05 – 03. Juni 2017
Finissage: Sa., 03. Juni 2017 11:00 – 14:00 Uhr

Freitag 14:00 – 18:00 Uhr
Samstag: 11:00 – 14:00 Uhr

Adresse: Glockenturm, Schlossberg 6, 8010 Graz
(Gegenüber des Ausgangs der Schlossberg Bahn)

Kontakt Künstler:
Rene Berghold

Kontakt Kuratorin:
Daniela Haberz, M.A.
AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.
Mobil: +43 (0) 664 182 8678
E-mail: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org
Web: http://www.artconsultancyhaberz.org

On Friday, 5th of May 2017 at 4.00 p.m. the exhibition ‘Ding Dong World Peace’ by emerging Austrian artist Rene Berghold in the framework of ‘YACA (Young Austrian Contemporary Art) – Visiting Schlossberg Mountain’ opens in the Bell Tower on Schlossberg Mountain in Graz, Austria.

The Bell Tower, a former prison and landmark situated on Schlossberg Mountain in the midst and overlooking Graz, Austria will be transformed into a sound cloud reverberating the sound of the nearly five tonne bell and transforming the sound into the melody of the European Hymn ‘Ode to Joy’ by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Sound installation ‘Ding Dong World Peace‘, 2017 Documentation video:  ‘Ding Dong World Peace’, 2017

The mirror installation ‘Freigeist/ Geistfrei’ in English ‘Libertine/ Empty Minded’, 2017 questions our mirrored-se

lf on our position between this counter-positioning word-pair. We are driven to decide if the ‘Free Spirit’ that the European hymn expresses is still reality for today’s Europe and if we live up to it with all the consequences or are we simply choosing bits and peaces and leave the rest as we please, therewith rob the ‘Libertine’ approach of its immanent content.

An important part in Berghold’s works are the titles, adding a further twist to the visual imagery that, often with a humorous approach on plain sight, faces us with an underlying critique on society and ourselves on closer examination. The way to success for an artist becomes apparent in a video installation whereby the artist hammers his way through a wooden chair and afterwards sits down on the empty space. ‘Der Künstler schlägt sich durch/ Der Künstler setzt sich durch‘, 2015 ‘The artist ekes out a living/ The artist asserts himself‘, 2015, wittily portraying the seriousness of an artist’s way to success.

A guided tour by myself in my role as the curator of the exhibition series and the artist Rene Berghold will take place on the opening day at 3.00 p.m

The exhibition is a project by the AØH Art Consultancy Haberz headed by Daniela Haberz, M.A. funded by the City of Graz and the Mayor of the City of Graz.

We look forward to your visit and reviews, following all data on one sight.

Download Press release English: Press release English

Copyright Artworks: Rene Berghold

Copyright photographic documentation: AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.

Daniela Haberz, M.A.

Curator AØH Art Consultancy Haberz

Opening: 5th May 2017 4.00 – 7.00 p.m.
Press tour: 05th May 2017 at 3.00 p.m.
Duration: 06th May – 03rd June 2017
Finissage: 03rd June 11.00 a.m. – 02.00 p.m.

Opening hours:
Friday 2.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Saturday 11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Address: Bell Tower, Schlossberg 6, 8010 Graz
(Opposite the exit of the Schlossberg cable car)

Contact Artist:
Rene Berghold
Contact Curator:
Daniela Haberz, M.A.
AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.
Mobil: +43 (0) 664 182 8678
E-mail: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org
Web: http://www.artconsultancyhaberz.org


Olafur Eliasson at TBA21 Augarten


Olafur Eliasson – Green Light An artistic workshop

The current exhibition by Olafur Eliasson in the Viennese art space TBA21 at Augarten is on view until 5th June 2016 and includes a programme with lectures and workshops mainly for the group that has been chosen amongst fugitives and foreign people living in Vienna however, visitors are welcome. On 7th of April Olafur Eliasson himself will be at the exhibition and a performance by the group involved directed by artist and curator Johannes Porsch will take place starting from 12.00 p.m. again visitors are welcome.

The main task the foreign Viennese residents build a lamp designed by Olafur Eliasson including a green light which symbolizes the green light Olafur Eliasson wants to give to the open applications for asylum for a permanent stay for the people involved and also those staying in the three charitable partner organisations of TBA21 where the participants have been chosen from.

The exhibition and its programme is definitely worth a visit and it is a joy to watch the participants building the lamps who are attending German classes and are eating their lunch every day at TBA21.

The green light lamps can be bought from TBA21 and the further programme can be viewed under the following link: TBA21 Green Light



Vienna Gallery Days 2015

The Gallery Days Tour No. #1 for the friends of Albertina was an interesting and informing talk.

The curatorial Conversation with the artist Marko Lulic at the Galerie Senn started the tour and a performance at Galerie Christine König was the following exhibition we visited. Christine König’s Gallery was well staged like always  the works were installed in a perfect setup completed by the artist’s song a hymn to prepaid phone bills which we now know are better paid unless you want your quiet out of reach island mentality.

Marco Lulic Conversation
Marco Lulic Conversation at Galerie Senn, Vienna

Performance at Galerie Christine König, Vienna Gallery Days 2015

Looking forward to further gallery visits next time I’m around in Vienna and as Christine König put it well into words, better don’t spoil your relationship with the gallerist unless you plan to retire early.

Definitely worth visiting Schleifmühlgasse when you are in Vienna.

All my best,

Daniela Haberz, M.A.

AØH Art Consultancy Haberz

Michael Schuster im Landtag Graz, Landhaushof Passage towards Herrengasse, Graz (AUT)

Michael Schuster in der Landhaushof Passage

Michael Schuster in der Landhaushof Passage, May 2015  

“The mirror that shows what you’re lacking” is one of the largest interface art works I have seen so far.

Austrian new media artist Michael Schuster and his studio have created a new interactive device, which passer-bys and people from and around Graz can interact with.
My first encounter with the art work, located  in a passage from Herrengasse towards the Sterirische Landhaushof about a month ago, made me pose the question towards the art work, What does the art work lack, was my counter-question to the question posed on the art work, that translates the German phrase into: “There are as well mirrors, that show what you are lacking.” The exact German phrase is: “Es gibt auch Spiegel, in denen man erkennen kann was einem fehlt.”
Upon my first encounter with the installation in the Landhaushof Passage it lacked depths and colour-proofing, as the writing did not spread towards the entire screen. The next day the guard lacked “health” as he turned up at work sick and had to go home. The art work was fine-tuned soon later as the technicians arrived and adjusted the depths to 5 pixle evenly spread as to appear three-dimensional. At that point in time, a few people engaged with the work into a discussion, after a week or two I felt the need of better adjusting of my spectacles and also my sunglasses needed optical lenses.
I started a co-operation with Optik Fauland, who is my optrician since almost 30 years. We chose Zeiss glasses for my Chanel Sunglasses with plastic glass for security purposes. This smaller scale project was bringing me down to earth after working for two or three weeks on adjusting the work.
My answer to the question posed by Michael Schuster’s art work was: “Time to think in order to develope visionary works.” which also relates to the sculpture in the Landhaushof according to greek mythology a half-god, half-human Faun, who according to the art work’s title is visionary and gazes directly into the direction into the centre of Schuster’s work. Be it accidentally or by precise calculation the result is perfection.
“Faun with Vision”, 2010 by Martin Karlik
Visible in the mirrored image of Michael Schuster’s artwork

“Mirror”, Landhaushof, Copyright: May 2015

“The Mirror shows what you’re lacking”, 2015 by Michael Schuster
 Artist: Michael Schuster
Measurements: 5,5 x 2,5 meter
Location: Landhaushof, Passage
Steirischer Landtag
Documentation: Daniela Haberz, M.A.; May 2015

Future Generation Art Prize 2014


Check out the Application for Viktor Pinchuk’s Future Generation Art Prize here:

Extended Deadline until 30.04.2014

Jury members include Francesco Bonami Curator and Director of the 50th Venice Biennale (Italy) and Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre, Ukraine as well as artists Doris Salcedo and Jan Fabre.

Good luck!

Daniela Haberz, M.A., Art Advisor, AØH Art Consultancy


Double Gaenger – YACA Revisited 2014

The Exhibition series Double Gänger – YACA Revisted 2014 presents the second exhibition with artists that are worth to be looked into more deeply if you are seriously interested in Contemporary Art and Collecting. Not to be missed for every serious collector or art enthusiast. These artists have all solo shows in the coming year ahead at Art Consultancy Daniela Haberz. Looking forward to seeing you all my best, Daniela Haberz
Kids Club Theatre Performance: Thu., 30.01.2014 starting 4:00 p.m. please let us …know if you are coming, limited visitor places available.
Art Consultancy Daniela Haberz Art Consultancy Sankt Georgengasse 5, 8020 Graz (AUT)
Mobile: +43 (0) 660 371 8473 E-mail: haberz.artconsultancy@gmail.com
Open: Tue – Fri 3:00 – 7:00 p.m./ 15:00 – 19:00 Uhr Sat: 11:00 – 2:00 p.m./ 11:00 – 14:00 Uhr And upon personal appointment Free entry