Peter Friedl

 
Ever since Peter Friedl (born 1960 in Oberneukirchen, Austria, lives and works in Berlin and New York) first entered the international contemporary art scene in the early 1990s, his artistic practice has continually challenged the art world. As “conceptual acts,” his works take on the role of models: as exemplary articulations and solutions of aesthetic problems involving political and historical consciousness. With them, Friedl continues to transgress the borders of art, a process begun by the Conceptual Art of the 1960s, opening contemporary art to its social, economic, and institutional conditions. “Overcoming the dictate of visibility, without using text as a substitute,” is how Friedl outlines his artistic program.
Friedl has participated in Documenta X and XII (1997, 2007); the 48th Venice Biennale (1999); the 3rd Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2004); the 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville (2006); Manifesta 7, Trento (2008); the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); the 28th Bienal de São Paulo (2008), and the Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennial (2009). His solo exhibitions include “Blow Job” at Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen (2008); “Working” at Kunsthalle Basel (2008); the retrospective survey “Work 1964–2006” at Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Miami Art Central, and Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille (2006–07); and “Out of the Shadows” at Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2004).
 
Peter Friedl - Rehousing
2020
English edition
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
Rehousing is the title of a series of works by Peter Friedl which comprises a selection of individual, intricate, and true-to-scale models of houses. Collectively, these structures materialize as constructed environments that reflect the recent past, different biographies, and ideologies in diverse ways; they are “case studies for the mental geography of an alternative modernity.”
Peter Friedl - Peep-Hole Sheet - Images at War
2015
English edition
miscellaneous
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
Published for the first time, a selection of notes from the artist's private diaries.
Peter Friedl - Secret Modernity - Selected Writings and Interviews 1981-2009
2010
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
A representative selection of Friedl's (partly unpublished) texts, along with a series of interviews.
Peter Friedl - Working at Copan / Trabalhando no Copan
2008
bilingual edition (English / Portuguese)
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
A collection of interviews with workers and employees at Edifício Copan, a landmark modernist architecture by Oscar Niemeyer in the center of São Paulo, embodying an era of radical political and economic changes within Brazilian society.
Peter Friedl - Travail 1964-2006
2007
French edition
Analogues - Monographs
Complete retrospective monograph with the artists' drawings, paintings, photographs, installations, texts, and essays on his work.
Peter Friedl - Four or Five Roses
2004
English edition
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
Some 45 narratives by children presented in the form of a monologue. Edited from numerous interviews and conversations recorded on playgrounds in South Africa, Peter Friedl creates a hybrid genre that is both fictionalised speech and serious counter-voice.
Peter Friedl -
2001
bilingual edition (English / German)
Casino Luxembourg
25.00 12.50 €


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