gewesen sein wird / will have been
a short film by Sasha Pirker, Austria 2022 (17 min, OV w/ EN subtitles)
This is a cinematic tour of the apartment of Viennese artist Heinz Frank (1939–2020) as conducted by his daughter Lilli Breuer-Guttmann.
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 26.4.–1.5.2023
GEWESEN SEIN WIRD, curated by Claudia Cavallar + Dietmar Schwärzler, 6.6.2023, 18h, Metrokino, Wien
BÜRO HEINZ FRANK
Guntherstr. 13, 1150 Wien, Austria
He was within the Viennese art scene, the grand master of the play of language and forms through which he – in his perambulation through the locales of the city, and clad in his idiosyncratic, dandyesque attire – pitted a radical form of subjectivity against the conventions of the present day. Each of his exhibitions formed a stage for the performance of a drama that was usually enacted by paintings, sculptures, objects, items of furniture, masks, carpets, and rocks, as well as found objects, one whose protagonists were (for example) “nothingness, the immensity of the hole, the circle whose center pledges its loyalty.” Wordplays are an essential element of Frank’s oeuvre. Using “whichever paper,” Frank notated his ideas in micropoems and aphorisms, which resemble haikus. He used pencils because they are “erasable, then the texts can come back when needed.” These texts were the beginning and the end of every work, a process of thought and its visualisation by the means of objects.
Heinz Frank (1939-2020) studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has been working as an artist since the 1960s.
Frank recently had solo-exhibitions at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2019); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2019) and Bureau des Réalités, Brussels (2018). His works have been included in numerous group-exhibitions, most recently at mumok, Vienna (2022); MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (2021); Riga Biennale, Riga (2020); Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019); Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2019) and Landesgalerie Linz (2018).
His works are part of several public collections, including mumok – museum of modern art Vienna; MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; Rupertinum, Salzburg and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others.
The last sculpture that has been realised during Frank’s lifetime was part of the 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, RIBOCA2, curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel in 2020.
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Order Heinz Frank’s Children’s Book for Architects II and other of his publications at Burgverlag www.burgverlag.at