Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Nirosta, Neon, Sandblasting

Belvedere Museum, Winterpalais, Vienna, 2015

Vienna for Art’s Sake!
Curated by Peter Noever

27. 02 – 31. 05. 2015
Winterpalais, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria


Vito + Maria Elena Acconci, Zaha Hadid, Magdalena Jetelová, Michael Kienzer, Hans Kupelwieser, Joep Van Lieshout, the next ENTERprise: Marie-Therese Harnoncourt & Ernst J. Fuchs, Hermann Nitsch, Eva Schlegel, Kiki Smith, Iv Toshain, Koen Vanmechelen, Manfred Wakolbinger


In Prince Eugene’s antechamber at the Winter Palace visitors are greeted by a martial, oversized morning star that symbolizes Venus, the evening star, and Lucifer. The installation has replaced the valuable crystal chandelier, deprived of its technical and representative role. On the globe, pierced by 21 spikes, „NOMOS BASILEUS“ ( the law is the king) is written in neon letters. Toshain refers to a text on the deeds of Hercules by the poet Pindar (518-446 BC). The words NOMOS, greek for „law“, and basileus, the „king“, point to the law and violence, the historical and present constant of war. These words constitute a formula for the very focal point bequeathed to Western political thinking – in a democracy, the law rules. However, if you walk around the morning star, NOMOS BASILEUS becomes BASILEUS NOMOS (the king is the law).

Catalogue Vienna for Art’s Sake
„Exceptional Art Space“
Vito Acconci, Heinrich Dunst, Six and Petritsch, Iv Toshain, Jeanne -Claude and CHRISTO, and many others refuse to be irritated by the limited spatial conditions here; on the contrary, they consider them to be a special challenge. And many of these small- format works, in their visions and utopias, are akin to microcosmos that cannot allow themselves to be limited by the dimensions of the space or the material insofar as their essence lies in reflecting upon, drawing on, or even shattering the boundaries of the space of production.“
Peter Noever