Nov 20, 2017


Cosmic Art from 1900 up to the Present

29 September 2017 until 14 January 2018

The endless expanse of the night sky before our eyes, the shining stars almost close enough to touch! It’s gone now, the dark night. It has been conquered by electric light. Buildings, squares and streets are brightly illuminated at night. The lights of the big cities have blocked out the starry sky that can now hardly be seen. Light smog has meanwhile robbed a third of the world population of the view of the Milky Way, shooting stars and glowing comets.

The complex and cross-media exhibition provides insights into the relationship between human beings and the stars, which is the subject of research, romance, fortune-telling, but also of threat scenarios. Dreamily, humorously, poetically, and also ironically, the artists of the 20th and 21st century have probed humanity’s relationship to the endlessness of the starry sky, engaging with the twinkling of the stars and the current loss of that light.

Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq | Robert A. Barrows | Herbert Bayer | Albert Birkle | Hans Bischoffshausen | Julia Bornefeld | Klemens Brosch | Carmen Brucic | Angela Bulloch | Alexander Calder | Vija Celmins | Thierry Cohen | Adriana Czernin | Jason Dodge | Max Ernst | Thomas Feuerstein | Hans Franta | Philippe Gerlach | Rudolf Goessl | Katharina Gruzei | Roy Wallace Hankey | Peter Hauenschild | Karl Hauk | Artur Hecke | Theodor von Hörmann | Markus Anton Huber | Barbara Anna Husar | Sabine Jelinek | Birgit Jürgenssen | Johanna Kandl | Alex Katz | Anton Kehrer | Herwig Kempinger | Hubert Kiecol | Anselm Kiefer | Imi Knoebel | Gerhard Knogler | Moussa Kone | Alicja Kwade | Katharina Lackner | Arkadij Wassiljewitsch Lobanoff | Robert Longo | Frans Masereel | Michaela Math | Ralo Mayer | Ferdinand Melichar | Erich Meyer | Hans Op de Beeck | Meret Oppenheim | Emil Orlik | Trevor Paglen | Micha Payer/Martin Gabriel | Herbert Ploberger | Hans Pollack | Teresa Präauer | Uta Prantl-Peyrer | Wendelin Pressl | Florian Raditsch | Arnulf Rainer | Gerhard Richter | Ugo Rondinone | Thomas Ruff | Gerhard Rühm | Aura Satz | Robert Schaberl | Peter Schamoni | Roman Scheidl | Eva Schlegel/Barbara Imhof/Damjan Minovski | Arnold Schönberg | Th. Schwan | Franz Sedlacek | Katharina Sieverding | Fritz Simak | Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch | Kiki Smith | Curt Stenvert | Jens Sundheim | Mathias Swoboda | Volker Tannert | Grazia Toderi | Iv Toshain | Johannes Vogl | Manfred Wakolbinger | Alfons Walde | Birgitta Weimer | Nives Widauer | Bernd Zimmer

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Stars. Cosmic Art from 1900 until Today. Edited in Verlag für moderne Kunst. With a foreword from Hemma Schmutz and texts by Sabine Fellner, Thomas Macho, Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, Ute Streitt and Margit Zuckriegl in German language, price: € 29

LENTOS Art Museum
Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz


Feb 27, 2015



Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Nirosta, Neon, Sandblasting

Belvedere Museum, Winterpalais, Vienna, 2015

Vienna for Art’s Sake!
Curated by Peter Noever

27. 02 – 31. 05. 2015
Winterpalais, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria


Vito + Maria Elena Acconci, Zaha Hadid, Magdalena Jetelová, Michael Kienzer, Hans Kupelwieser, Joep Van Lieshout, the next ENTERprise: Marie-Therese Harnoncourt & Ernst J. Fuchs, Hermann Nitsch, Eva Schlegel, Kiki Smith, Iv Toshain, Koen Vanmechelen, Manfred Wakolbinger



In Prince Eugene’s antechamber at the Winter Palace visitors are greeted by a martial, oversized morning star that symbolizes Venus, the evening star, and Lucifer. The installation has replaced the valuable crystal chandelier, deprived of its technical and representative role. On the globe, pierced by 21 spikes, „NOMOS BASILEUS“ ( the law is the king) is written in neon letters. Toshain refers to a text on the deeds of Hercules by the poet Pindar (518-446 BC). The words NOMOS, greek for „law“, and basileus, the „king“, point to the law and violence, the historical and present constant of war. These words constitute a formula for the very focal point bequeathed to Western political thinking – in a democracy, the law rules. However, if you walk around the morning star, NOMOS BASILEUS becomes BASILEUS NOMOS (the king is the law).

Catalogue Vienna for Art’s Sake
„Exceptional Art Space“
Vito Acconci, Heinrich Dunst, Six and Petritsch, Iv Toshain, Jeanne -Claude and CHRISTO, and many others refuse to be irritated by the limited spatial conditions here; on the contrary, they consider them to be a special challenge. And many of these small- format works, in their visions and utopias, are akin to microcosmos that cannot allow themselves to be limited by the dimensions of the space or the material insofar as their essence lies in reflecting upon, drawing on, or even shattering the boundaries of the space of production.“
Peter Noever





Mrz 27, 2011


Performative Installation
Balloons, LED, MDF, powder coating, rope, aluminum, cable pulley, music: Matthias Alexander Makowsky, 200x200x200cm, 2011
Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, MAK – Garden Curator: Marlies Wirth
Stubenring 5, Vienna 1010
Iv Toshain developed the sculpture Space Odyssey specifically for the MAK NITE © Open Air. 100 LED balloons are installed in a cube made out of grid ornaments characteristic for Toshain’s work. As a culmination of the MAK NITE ©, the LED balloons will ascend, accompanied by a specially-composed sound piece of the sound artist Matthias Alexander Makowsky. Space Odyssey is a symbolic expression between the corporial an the immaterial.