Peter Kogler on display in the MUMOK – Vienna





MUMOK – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

Peter Kogler
Exhibition > January 25, 2009




Peter Kogler (b.1959) is counted amongst the most internationally successful Austrian artists. The MUMOK is presenting the extensive oeuvre of this two-time documenta participant in a comprehensive show with over 100 works from 1979 up to the present day.


Peter Kogler


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Peter Kogler
ohne Titel / untitled, 2008
Installation, Computeranimation, Projektion, Loop
Installation, computer animation, projection, looped
MUMOK Fassadenprojekt / Façade project
Foto: MUMOK, Lisa Rastl
© MUMOK



The extensive retrospective of the Austrian artist Peter Kogler puts his unknown early works into the context of the computer-generated leitmotifs he has been developing since the 1980s. For the MUMOK show the artist has conceived two new installations for the interior as well as covering the entire façade of the museum with an invisible labyrinth for giant white rats.

Peter Kogler’s works are characterised by a media-, space- and architecture related approach and are influential as defining events in the international art scene. Contributions to important exhibitions like the Venice Biennale (1986) as well as documentas IX and X in Kassel (1992,1997) earned him a worldwide reputation. Kogler’s graphics and installations engage with the mediatisation and the increased proliferation of technology in our society and their potential and pitfalls. His walk-in room labyrinths with their biomorphic forms are just as well known to a wider public as his sensational interventions in public space. Against this background the MUMOK is hosting a mid-career show and is presenting his extensive oeuvre with over 100 works from 1979 to 2008.



Symbols and Metaphors

Inspired by the film classics of early modernity, Kogler discovered a connection between figures and architecture that can be seen in the early gouaches and cardboard objects. The uniform and pattern-like structuring of the pictorial motifs already points towards the computer generated works that he developed—in opposition to the mainstream Junge Wilde painters—at the beginning of the 1980s. Peter Kogler was very early in his choice of using media and computer technology as the basis for his installative and spatially defined works. In them, the identity and individuality of humans is deformed and volatilised in grid-like anonymous portraits. The artist found fundamental leitmotifs in ants and brains that unified the emblematic and the organic. They symbolise the interpenetration of nature and technology, reality and virtuality, and, in their effect as serial reproductions, act as succinct identifiers of his art. Using the metaphor of the labyrinth for a society linked by media forms a further modular motif central to Kogler’s work. In a wealth of variations he connects virtual space with real space in the form of images on the walls or projections. In this way the artist transforms commonplace sites into virtual labyrinths with perspectives that are both infinite and bottomless and which appear to make the visitor disappear in their coils.





Peter Kogler


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ohne Titel / untitled, 2008
Installation, Computeranimation, Mehrfachprojektion, Ton, Loop
Installation, computer animation, multiple projection, sound, looped
Sound: Franz Pomassl
MUMOK Installationsansicht / MUMOK installation view
Foto: MUMOK, Lisa Rastl
© MUMOK

Peter Kogler


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Peter Kogler
ohne Titel / untitled, 2008
Installation, Computeranimation, Mehrfachprojektion, Ton, Loop
Installation, computer animation, multiple projection, sound, looped
Sound: Franz Pomassl
MUMOK Installationsansicht / MUMOK installation view
Foto: MUMOK, Lisa Rastl
© MUMOK

Peter Kogler


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Peter Kogler
ohne Titel / untitled, 1984
Kohle, Karton / Charcoal, cardboard
60 x 600 x 60 cm
Foto: MUMOK, Lena Deinhardstein
© Peter Kogler






Virtual Rats

Kogler has designed a large scale exterior projection with white rats for the facade of the MUMOK. Here he is picking up a motif from his early works and convincingly translating it into a labyrinthine moving image that dynamically covers the cubic architecture. The rats which gradually reproduce themselves and spread over the basalt façade in predetermined pathways appear ambiguous, creatures that are simultaneously graceful and monstrous and remind one of the contradictions of a reality shot through with informational and data streams: heteronomy and manipulation on the one hand, and creative subversion on the other, outline the broad spectrum of possible outcomes of communication controlled by media technology which has been assigned an aimlessly purposeful symbol in the form of a rat.


Peter Kogler


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Peter Kogler
MUMOK Ausstellungssujet / MUMOK exhibition subject
© Peter Kogler






The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the artist’s individual work periods and work groups and illustrates the development of techniques of painting, graphics and sculpture through to new computer generated processes. Early pictures and objects which have never been shown before will also be presented along with room-modulating computer projections that have been specially conceived for the MUMOK.


Exhibition Catalogue

A catalogue of the exhibition will be published (in German and English) with numerous illustrations and articles by Ami Barak, Jean-Francois Chougnet Rainer Fuchs and Edelbert Köb as well as a conversation between Kathrin Rhomberg and Peter Kogler.

  • Exhibition Catalogue – Online shop MUMOK





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