15/06 - 4/09/16

En français | NL versie


Michael Goldgruber, from series Lichtungen, Artists in Residence in Brussels-Contretype, 2015, 250 x 380 cm

Michael Goldgruber examines in his photos and videos the representation of landscapes in the media and our perception of nature as a reflection of the Romantic theme of the sublime. By transforming landscapes into photographic images or video installations, he questions our perceptions and pre-formed perspectives of them.

In Michael Goldgruber’s work, the vision of panoramic views and natural spectacles as architectural consumer products is intensified by specially designed experimental spaces. While it’s true that we need constructions and cameras to admire a view, Goldgruber’s photos and videos are dominated by the abyss and concrete, paranoid chatter and a terrifying void. There is always an artificial after-taste to the pleasure we obtain from our perception of what appears to be authentic nature. His panoramic photos and his images of upturned tree roots are the result of his many wanderings through the Soignes Forest, where humans have had a clearly visible impact on its appearance, while the Romantic theme continues to influence, in places, the relationship between humans and nature. That creates a paradoxical tension and alienation in European rural culture. The images of roots are displayed opposite portraits of people contemplating landscapes, also taken in Brussels.
Michael Goldgruber was born in Austria in 1965 and lives and works in Vienna.

Translation: Chris Bourne

The exhibition is part of the Artists in Residence in Brussels programme, which Contretype
started in 1997, and which continues in partnership with the Wallonie-Brussels Federation
and the Francophone Community Commission (COCOF).


With the help of:

ÖKF Brüssel Logo Webalt bundeskanzleramt_oesterreich_RGB wbi-new-logo

As part of the establishment of bilateral relations between the Wallonie_Brussels Federation and Austria

Part of Summer of Photography 2016, a BOZAR initiative


Michael Goldgruber: born in 1965 in Austria, lives and works in Vienna.


1986–1989: extra-mural student at the University of Applied Art, Vienna (under Ernst Caramelle)
1985–1995: art historic and philosophical studies, University of Vienna
1986–88: photographic apprenticeship at Schilling/Riedmann, Vienna


2007: scholarship for contemporary visual artists of the Austrian federal ministry of arts and culture 2012: scholarship-residency for photography of the Austrian federal ministry of arts and culture, Cité des Arts, Paris
2015: scholarship-residency for photography, Contretype (Centre d’Art contemporain pour la Photographie à Bruxelles), Brussels, Belgium
2015: Prix Photo des "Concours international de la Quatrième Image“, Paris

Solo exhibitions (selection):

"16,27 m/s", co-production with Christiane Feuerstein (architect), kunsthaus muerz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria.
2013: "Festland", Kunstraum Bernsteiner, Vienna, Austria.
"Solid Grounds", kunsthaus muerz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria.
2012: "Behind the Sceneries", Galerie-H, Enns, Austria.
2011: "Para.Mount", MAERZ, Linz, Austria.
2009: "2865m", Christinger Contemporary/Visual Drugs, Zurich, Switzerland.
"Skywalk", nadaLokal, Vienna, Austria.
2008: "eiger", Habres+Partner gallery, Vienna, Austria.
"Lookout", The Guild / Renuka Sawhney, New York City, USA.
2006: "Unterholz", Kunstverein Baden, Baden, Austria.
"Vista panoramica", Kunstraum Wilde Gans, Berlin, Germany.
"360° ", Habres+Partner gallery, Vienna, Austria.
2005: "Homesick", Halle Bernsteiner, Vienna, Austria.
2004: "Visual Drugs", Kunstraum Rämistrasse 35, Zurich, Switzerland.
2003: "[Trans]mission", Habres+Partner gallery, Vienna, Austria.
2001: "Prime Time", project room Viktor Bucher; Vienna, Austria.
"Programmed", PSK-Artforum, Vienna, Austria.
1999: "Screenshots", Bernsteiner family-arthouse, Vienna, Austria.
1998: "Love Me Tender", Trabant, Vienna, Austria.
1996: Donauraum, Vienna, Austria.
1993: Menachem Elias Foundation, Vienna, Austria.
1991: Apostelhof, Vienna, Austria.
1990: Glacis gallery, Graz, Austria.
1988: Trabant, Vienna, Austria.

Open-space installation:

"Wir basteln alle am Kontinuum". Goldhausen (Michael Goldgruber/Thomas Ballhausen). rhiz .Vienna. Austria.

Curatorial work:

"Ground Control". Kunsthaus Mürzzuschlag, Austria.
2011: "Extrem. Body, Space and Movement“, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria.
2010: "Above and Beyond", Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria.
2004: "Der doppelte Blick", curated together with Gabi Trinkaus & Alexandra Wacker, Künstlerhaus, Bregenz, Austria.
2001: "...really?", curated together with Dietmar Franz & Felix Malnig, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, Austria.
2001: "...really?", curated together with Dietmar Franz & Felix Malnig, Kunsthalle Steyr, Austria.
1998: "Doppelalbum", curated together with Dietmar Franz & Felix Malnig,Apostelhof, Vienna, Austria.

Group exhibitions, film screenings, symposia/workshops, bibliography:
see www.goldgruber.at