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Markus Schinwald

Austrian, b. 1973

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Markus Schinwald

Austrian, b. 1973

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Focusing on themes of metamorphosis and dysfunction, Markus Schinwald creates mysterious and unsettling installations that appear minimalist yet consist of complex structures. Schinwald is interested in the manipulation of the human body and its surroundings, and his installations are rooted in austere, Biedermeier-era art, which was marked by restrictive politics and censorship. Labyrinthe, Schinwald’s work at the 2011 Venice Biennale, featured a confined space studded with 19th-century portraits—onto which Schinwald painted bandages, braces, straightjackets, and surgical masks—and table and chair legs conjoined to assume uncanny, anthropomorphic qualities. “I’m not trying to rob people of their personalities, but to give objects personalities, too,” Schinwald has said, referencing his lifelike assemblages created from wholly disparate parts.

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Palais de Tokyo, and 1 more
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Tate Modern, and 4 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

Focusing on themes of metamorphosis and dysfunction, Markus Schinwald creates mysterious and unsettling installations that appear minimalist yet consist of complex structures. Schinwald is interested in the manipulation of the human body and its surroundings, and his installations are rooted in austere, Biedermeier-era art, which was marked by restrictive politics and censorship. Labyrinthe, Schinwald’s work at the 2011 Venice Biennale, featured a confined space studded with 19th-century portraits—onto which Schinwald painted bandages, braces, straightjackets, and surgical masks—and table and chair legs conjoined to assume uncanny, anthropomorphic qualities. “I’m not trying to rob people of their personalities, but to give objects personalities, too,” Schinwald has said, referencing his lifelike assemblages created from wholly disparate parts.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more