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Hannes Mlenek - HOMO HUMANUS
9.3.2024 – 26.5.2024 | Danubiana, Slowakia
Laudatio: 6.4.2024, 3pm | Dr. Klaus A. Schröder, Albertina Vienna
Solo Presentation

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Serie Kentaur „Sleeping Centaur“, 180 x 240 cm, Ölstick, Acryl auf Leinwand, 2023
Serie Centaur „Sleeping Centaur“, 2023, 180 x 240 cm, Oilstick, acrylic on canvas

Serie Kentaur „Paarung“, 180 x 220 cm, Ölstick, Acryl auf Leinwand, 2023
Serie Centaur „Paarung“, 2023, 180 x 220 cm, Oilstick, acrylic on canvas 

HOMO HUMANUS, exhibition views | © Danubina Meulensteen Art Museum, 2024

“Take this Waltz”, 2019, Oilstick, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180 cm | Photo © Michael Nagl

 Oilstick, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 180 cm, 2020 | Photo © Michael Nagl

“Paartanz”, 2020, Oilstick, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 180 cm | Photo © Michael Nagl

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“Mlenek prefers to combine the magic of a place and its design with history. The self-referential artwork alone doesn’t interest him.” - Dieter Ronte

Polestar Art Space

Artistic Intervention 
(with Kunsthaus Wiesinger, Vienna)

“It started with a point and a universe opened up for me.” Accompanied by Ravel's "Bolero" and an introduction by Silvie Aigner of Parnass, Hannes Mlenek crafted an art installation spanning six meters at the Pole Star Art Space in the heart of Vienna's city center. This intervention occurred within the framework of the Art Austria 2023 Art Fair and received support from Kunsthaus Wiesinger, AT.

Photo © Polestar/Oscar Baumgartner
Photo © Polestar/Oscar Baumgartner


Prateratelier,  Vienna
2018 - ongoing

Since 2016, Hannes Mlenek has been working in the "Praterateliers," an ensemble constructed for the World Exposition in 1873. Even today, the venue's generosity allows artists to explore their work expansively. Mlenek's multi-story studio is situated within the only preserved historic pavilion, serving both as an exhibition space for the artist's large-scale works and as a hub for developing his installations. The transdisciplinary project "PROJEKT ARCHE - EINE ÜBERLEBENSSTRATEGIE (PROJECT ARK - A SURVIVAL STRATEGY)" represents one of the artist's recent endeavors aimed at increasing public awareness of this area. The centerpiece of the installation comprises two "Gender Towers," each standing at a towering 10 meters in height—a monumental embodiment of Mlenek's vision regarding corporeality and gender parity.

Photo © Patrick Langwallner for Polestar, 2023

Video stills © ORF, 2018

︎ youtube | Video Hannes Mlenek, Projects 2020-2018


Performances in cooperation with Bert Gstettner, Tanz*Hotel
Vienna/New York, US

In collaboration with performance artist and choreographer Bert Gstettner (Tanz*Hotel), Hannes Mlenek brought to life two elaborate stage projects, "MEDUSAEXPEDIT" and "MEDUSA*ODE," both inspired by the painting "The Raft of the Medusa" by French artist Théodore Géricault. In a manner reminiscent of the tattered sails of the distressed Medusa, Mlenek dismantled and dissected his own works during the performances. Initially taking on the role of a commentator, sketching and painting in the background, Hannes Mlenek evolved into an actor and performer, maneuvering above, beneath, and around his canvases to once again emphasize his primary focus: the human body.


(Seismogram of Excitation)
Installation for the exhibition “Line & Shape”
Leopold Museum, Vienna

In 2014, the Leopold Museum exhibited works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Oskar Kokoschka in "Line & Shape." Abstract pieces by Oswald Oberhuber and Karl Anton Fleck paved the way for artist Hannes Mlenek's statement, who incorporated the exhibition walls into the site-specific intervention titled "Seismogram of Excitation." Mlenek focused on the motif of the nude, a recurring theme in the exhibition. The wall drawings were complemented by an object portraying a hand, measuring 4.30 x 2.10 meters. "The master's primary tool is not the pen or the chalk, but the human hand," remarked Hannes Mlenek, echoing art historian and curator Peter Weiermair's observation: "With Mlenek, the line doesn't end with the arm but where the thought transcends the line."

Photo ©  Fotomanufaktur Grünwald

Photos © Alexandra Mitsche | Leopold Museum, 2014

︎ youtube | Video Hannes Mlenek, Projects 2020-2018


Art-in-Public-Space Installation 
Votivkirche (Votive Church), Vienna
Feb - Dez 2013

In 2013, Mlenek involved the large billboard of Megaboard Soravia at Votivkirche, Vienna, into his art: 375 square metres of an expressive painting in black and white invited passersby to take notice of the location‘s uniqueness. The artist intented to create irritations in a place, which is not primarily intended for art. Elements of the painting (printed on vinyl mesh) suggested some figurative content, while the dynamics of the brushstroke dominated the scenery. “Where the thought leaves the line” presented as a graphic and highly minimalist work which could be seen throughout the entire year.

Photos © Robert Zahornicky


Paulus Manker - “Wagnerdämmerung” 
(“Parsifal” | Paulus Manker - “Wagner’s Twilight”)
Installation in the scope of the theatre production,
Former Imperial & Royal Post Office, Vienna

In “Wagnerdämmerung” Austrian impresario Paulus Manker staged his idea of Wagner’s life and oeuvre as an ironic and multi-sensory theater production. In addition, a contemporary art exhibition lead visitors into further dimensions. Mlenek’s “Parsifal”, a site-specific installation, opened three levels of experience: The recipients were simultaneously beneath, on and in the artwork. Three art works on the ceiling and three paintings on the floor measured a total of 320 square metres. Wagner's oeuvre is of gigantic expressiveness - with “Parsifal” Mlenek engaged himself in a similar approach: In order to reflect the spaciousness of the work, not only in terms of form but also in terms of content, the body of a hermaphrodite was represented. In this way, the artist achieved both, an erotic and irritating ambiguity within the installation. The artwork was accompanied by Karlheinz Essl's Sound Environment ' »Parsifal Crystal« (2013).

Photos © Peter Kainz, Faksimilie Digitial


Land Art Installation
Dobersberg, Lower Austria

Referring to the Nasca scratching pictures in Peru, Hannes Mlenek shifted the way one can look at his paintings in “AIRFIELD-TRANSBOUNDARY”. Five art works on canvas and vinyl mesh - some with a size of over 700m2 - could only be grasped in their entirety from a bird's eye view. Visitors could take off in small-engine airplanes, crossing the border between Austria and the Czech Republic and between art and nature. “AIRFIELD-TRANSBOUNDARY” was initiated to create a space without borders by forcing a change of perspective through mere dimension.- Text (excerpt): Silvie Aigner / ArtMagazine 07/10/2010

Photos © Jürgen Moors


Project preparations & Exhibition
Expedithalle Brotfabrik, Vienna

Project preperations, exhibition and book-presentation in the context of “AIRFIELD-TRANSBOUNDARY” at Vienna’s Brotfabrik, Expedithalle. 

Photos © Gerald Plattner, 2009


Museum Installation & exhibition
Künstlerhaus Vienna

For Nasca, all over the place Hannes Mlenek lined the 600m2 first floor of the Künstlerhaus Vienna with molino, a raw cotton fabric, as surface for his expressive paintings. The art works disrupted the anticipated reception and clearly demanded to be read as an installation that related to its specific location. Hannes Mlenek even went one step further by forcing the beholder to actually walk across his works. - Text (excerpt): Silvie Aigner

Photos: Peter Kainz, Faksimilie Digital


Installation (permanent)
Karlskirche (St. Charles Church), Vienna

As a postulation of freedom in belief, Hannes Mlenek placed “Palimpset” underneath the baroque dome of Karlskirche in Vienna. Allthough the art installation moved within an ornate scenery, Mlenek did not enter into any iconographic bonds. The background of the painting showed abstract female forms, expressing sensuality and gentleness. Attached to this background one could recognize a reference to the book of all books. Mlenek’s interpretation of the Bible dominated the architectural setting, but was pierced by large nails. In a metaphorical sense, the artist covered all that is ambiguous with paint, nailed down the dogmatic and redirected the Bible’s significance in a process that is reminiscent of its history and its many controversies, adaptations and revised editions.

Photos © Peter Kainz, Faksimilie Digital, 2009


quartier21, Museumsquartier, Vienna

Transforming Wall” was created in the process of "Initiations", a work serie of around 200 paintings and drawings, characterized by an impulsive painting style and a reduction of the color palette to black and white. The installation can be described as the artist's key work, although the tendency to extend the long drawn-out lines into space was already evident in Mlenek’s wall paintings of the 90ties. The installation consisted of two canvases measuring 18 x 4 meters. By offering two possible passageways, Hannes Mlenek defined “Transforming Wall” as a spatial body in architectural terms. Painting and its support merged into a total composition.

Photos © Peter Kainz, Faksimilie Digital, 2009

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Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Bratislava, Slovakia

Fotos © Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, 2024


Museum Liaunig, Thalheim b. Wels, Austria

Fotos: Museum Angerlehner & © Detlef Löffler, 2019


Grenzkunsthalle Jennersdorf, Austria

Photos © Detlef Löffler, 2019


Floor-& Wall Installation
NH Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic


Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Bratislava, Slovakia, 2013

Photo © Peter Kainz, Faksimile Digital, Wien

Photos © Richard Kucera Guzman


(Dynamic of the Body)
Semperdepot Vienna

Photos © Peter Kainz, Faksimile Digital, Wien

WORKS 2018-1990
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Aus der Serie “Kopffüssler” 
From the Serie “Cephalopods“  

“Befristetes Verhältnis”, 2017, Acrylic, oil on canvas, 190 x 370 cm

“Herr über die Zeit”, 2017, Oil, acrylic on canvas, 85 x 175 cm

Studio view, Prateratelier 2018

"Symbiotisch", 2017, Oil, acrylic on canvas, 85 x 175 cm

“Strukturiert", 2017, Oil, acrylic on canvas, 85 x 175 cm

"Contemplation“, 2016, Oil, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 175 cm
"Contemplation“, 2016, Oil, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 175 cm

“Rekonstruktion”, 2016, Acrylic, oil on canvas, 200 x 175 cm

From the Serie “Seismogram of Excitation”

"Gender Relations", 2014, Acrylic, oilstick on English watercolour paper, 153 x 192 cm

"Der Protagonist", 2014, Oilstick on English watercolour paper, 200 x 153 cm
"Der Protagonist", 2014, Oilstick on English watercolour paper, 200 x 153 cm

Aus der Serie “IMPACT ”
From the Serie “IMPACT”

“Menetekel”, 2013, Acrylic, oil, sand on canvas, 198 x 250 cm

“Metaphorisch”, 2013,  Acrylic, oil, sand on canvas, 200 x 190 cm

Aus der Serie “Dynamik des Körpers”
From the Serie “Physical Dynamics”

“Parallelwelten”, 2012, Acrylic, oil on canvas, 160 x 310 cm

“Verblüffend vertraut”, 2012, Acrylic, oil on canvas, 160 x 310 cm

“Bergfeen”, 2012, Acrylic, oil on canvas, 160 x 310 cm

“Impact”, 2013, Acrylic, oilstick, sand on canvas, 207 x 174 cm

“Gravitationsfeld“, 2004, Acrylic, oil, charcoal on canvas, 225 x 291 cm

“Fundus der Erinnerung”, 1997, Acrylic, oilstick, sand on canvas, 220× 190 cm

“Zwischen Raum und Zeit”, 2008, Acrylic, oilstick and sand on canvas, 115 x 140 cm

“Der Nonkonformist”, 2007, Acrylic, oilstick on canvas, 217 x 355 cm

“Zwischenräume und Facetten”, 2011, Acrylic, oilstick, sand on canvas, 140 x 115 cm

Aus der Serie “In der Bedeutung gefangen”
From the Serie “Caught in the Meaning”

"Meditation", 2015, Acrylic, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm

“Heftige Begierde”, 2014, Acrylic, oil on canvas, 150 x 240 cm

Aus der Serie “Helm” 
From the Serie “Helmet” 

“Blue Head”, 1994, Oil, acrylic, cartonage on canvas, 115 x 90 cm

"O.T.", 1992, Collage on jute, 69,5 × 52,5 cm
"O.T.", 1992, Mixed media on jute, 69,5 × 52,5 cm

"O.T.", 1991, Mixed media on jute, 115 × 90 cm"O.T.", 1991, Mixed media on jute, 115 × 90 cm