Lois Weinberger Austria, 1947-2020
LOIS WEINBERGER (1947 – 2020. Austria.), who called himself an ‘agricultural worker’, is known for using nature as his medium: he speaks through it, but also lets it speak for itself. His minimal but decisive interventions, in both city centres and their more rural outskirts, are there to uncover realities that were phased out of the utilitarian infrastructure and thinking of modern society.
Weeds for example, are a recurrent tool in Weinberger’s oeuvre. In many of his works, the seemingly useless but rebellious plants, which tend to pop up in the most unexpected and unwanted places, are given free reign – in neatly demarcated zones that is. His famous ‘Wild Cubes’ for instance, have been installed in small and large formats all over the world. The steel cube in which weeds are left to do their own thing and human interference is prohibited are a reference to all species – fauna, flora and human – which were driven to the edge of society, both literally and figuratively, for being unpredictable and thus uncontrollable. Whether it be a small sculpture made from twigs, plastic bags filled with concrete or a large ‘Heap of rotting plants’ (Austrian Pavilion, Venice Biennial, 2009), Weinberger continually aims to expose both the presumed irreconcilability and the actual interwovenness of the artificiality and functionalism of culture and the chaotic life forces of nature and (human) freedom.
Weinberger started making his first works in the 70s and hasn’t changed course since. Although his works could be seen as being highly influenced by the mindset of that era, they’re equally, if not more, relevant today.
Weinberger’s works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitios across the world including the 1997 and 2017 Documenta.
ricardo brey & lois weinbergercommon ground Mar 4 - May 6, 2023KETELEER GALLERY is very pleased to present the duo-exhibition Common Ground. With this exhibition, the gallery presents a dialogue between the work of Ricardo Brey (°1955, Havana, CU) and Lois Weinberger (°1947, Stams – +2020, Vienna, AT).
art cologne 2023Nov 16 - 19, 2023KETELEER GALLERY is very pleased to announce its participation in Art Cologne 2023. This year's presentation will consist of works by Stephan Balkenhol, Marc Bauer,...
art brussels 2020 -> 2022Apr 28 - May 1, 2022For the 2022 Art Brussels edition, KETELEER GALLERY is very pleased to introduce a group exhibition consisting of a selection of the gallery’s artists, including...
art cologne 2020 -> 2021Nov 17 - 21, 2021For Art Cologne 2020, KETELEER GALLERY is very pleased to introduce a group exhibition consisting of 9 artists. The combination of these artists represents the...
Lois weinberger at kunsthaus dresden (DE)Sep 6, 2023Kunsthaus Dresden (DE) presents ‘Relatives’, a solo exhibition by Lois Weinberger. Based on an archive that the artist compiled with his partner Franziska Weinberger and...
LOIS WEINBERGER AT KRÖLLER-MÜLLER MUSEUM(NL)Jun 2, 2022The work of Lois Weinberger is part of the group exhibition ‘Botanical Madness’ at Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (NL) The exhibition Botanischer Wahnsinn is the first...
Lois Weinberger at Millennium Park, Lustenau (AT)Apr 6, 2022Lois Weinbergers’ work ‘Mobile Garden’ is permanently installed at Lustenau’s Millennium Park, the result of a collaboration between Kunsthaus Bregenz and the city of Lustenau,...
LOIS WEINBERGER AT BELVEDERE, VIENNA (AT)Oct 16, 2021Belvedere Museum, Vienna (AT) presents a solo exhibition by Lois Weinberger. Before his death in April 2020, Weinberger designed his show Basics for the interior...