Markus Schinwald
Austrian, born 1973
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
From the Inside to the Outside,
Galerie Crone
Spirit of Austria,
KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation
Markus Schinwald,
Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art

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.