NO35 Nigls Crowd

Franz Nigl
Goldstein Galerie, Frankfurt am Main

17 January – 23 February 2019

Franz Nigl’s first clay figures were already created at the end of the 1980s. Nigl, who usually liked to stay in gloomy places such as former flak towers and Nazi tunnels in order to find threatening sceneries for his photographs, did not develop the dark-mystical appearance until 2014, when he switched to a more heavily chamotted-out Terra Nigra clay. Without glaze and effects, he sought to reduce the classic means.

Due to his constant production and the growing number of pieces, the figures began to occupy his workplace at Vienna’s ATELIER 10 – the congestion and storage problem became a concept and changed his perspective, so to speak. Under the impression of this state of siege, Nigl shifted the focus from the individual figure to the peculiar archaic-ghostly effect of an invasively spreading crowd, a population of figures with enigmatic provenance and completely unclear intentions.

Franz Nigl was born in Vienna in 1970, where he also lives and works.

(Florian Reese, director of Atelier 10, Vienna)


Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 7 pm
Opening and lecture
“From zero to art – About the potentials and limits of the studio structure”
Florian Reese, director of Wiener Atelier 10, talks about artistic career changers who only reach a kind of bundling, elaboration or reinterpretation of their processes and productions through a studio structure. Using exemplary artists as examples, Reese will illuminate their development in contrast to the usual academic career. In doing so, he not only questions the genre of Outsider Art, but also addresses the moments of manipulation and authenticity.

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7 pm
These Foolish Things – Skulptur – Film – Skulptur
Jakob Hoffmann talks to Benjamin Heisenberg about the relationship between sculpture and film using selected film examples. Heisenberg is an award-winning director (“Robber”), author and sculptor and lives in Lucerne.