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Opening | 17.03.2009, 7.00 p.m.
Exhibition dates | 18.03.2009 - 20.03.2009
Venue | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Main Building, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, Exhibition Space, Demonstrationsraum

Opening Hours: daily from 11 am - 6 pm, free admission


Lionel Favre, Welt (World), 2008 (detail), ink on paper, 100 x 80 cm


Opening, 17.03.2009, 7 p.m.
Lionel Favre in conversation with Rolf Wienkötter, critic

Construction plans and technical sketches provide the starting material for Lionel Favre's work. Using black ink, he spontaneously covers the sheets with narrative drawings, imaginatively filling the architectural framework given with surrealist scenarios. Various objects and figures spread across the surfaces, breathe new life into them, settle in extant spaces, and reinterpret them. Having long since yellowed and become useless in the course of time, the plans are not only made unreadable by the drawings, but also put to an intended use in terms of their function. Scales become distorted, perspectives shift. Through its transformation into a pictorial ground, the plans are endowed with new meaning.

Translation: Wolfgang Astelbauer

(For enlargement please click on the photo)

favre1     Lionel Favre, Party, 2008, ink on paper, 40 x 50 cm    

Curator-in-residence 08|09: Elsy Lahner

Lionel Favre
Born in Morges, Switzerland, in 1980. 1992-2004 disciple of the Italian artist Béatrice Cencì. 1998-2002 cartoon "Matricule 103" for the magazines "Le Cochon Radioactif" and "La Puce" (e. g. see # 01, p. 38). Since 2003 has studied fine arts Franz Graf, Gunter Damisch, and Daniel Richter at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Since 2004 teaching at Atelier Hermès, Ecole d'architecture d'intérieur & design, Geneva, Switzerland.

Exhibitions (selection)
2009  "I believe I can fly", Fondation Herz, Wien; "Astra 2k", John Doe Projects, Karlsruhe, Germany, "Phönix, Texas" (GS), Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Graz, Austria; "Opening" (GS), Fondation Herz, Vienna, Austria | 2008  "Sauna 08" (GS), Brut im Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria; "Itinera Nova" (GS), benefit exhibition in support of ALS-Immendorff-Initiative at Charité, curated by Monika Brües, Kunsthof, Berlin, Germany | 2007  Walter Koschatzky Kunst-Preis, Mumok, Vienna, Austria, nominee, acquisition by Albertina, Vienna, Austria; "The end of the world!" (GS), in the context of "Crossing Over 2007", curated by Piera Nodari, Udine, Italy | 2006  "In:halt", site specific installation with Bruno Hoffmann and Samuel Schaab, Nexus Art Consulting (Habres+Partner), Vienna, Austria; "Back to the Roots", Metropolis, Morges, Switzerland | 2005  "L'ère de la ville", Galerie Gaudet-Blavignac, Geneva, Switzerland
(GS=group show)