CURRENT &
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SPARK Art Fair 2024
14.-17. 3. 2024 | Marx Halle, Vienna
Solo Presentation with Galerie Lukas Feichtner

DANUBIANA MEULENSTEEN ART MUSEUM
9.3.2024 – 26.5.2024 | Danubiana, Slowakia
Laudatio: 6.4.2024, 3pm | Dr. Klaus A. Schröder, Albertina Vienna
Solo Presentation

artKARLSRUHE
22.2. – 25.2.2024 | Karslruhe, Germany
with Galerie Lukas Feichtner

khaus Wien
19.3.2025 – 13.4.2025
Collection Werner Trenker










RECENT WORKS
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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 


“Take this Waltz”, 2019, Oilstick, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180 cm




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








INSTALLATIONS
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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)
2023

“It started with a point and a universe opened up for me.” Accompanied by Ravel's "Bolero" and Silvie Aigners (Parnass) introduction, Hannes Mlenek created an art installation of six meters at Pole Star Art Space in Vienna’s city centre. The intervention took place in the scope of Art Austria 2023 Art Fair and was supported by Kunsthaus Wiesinger, AT.


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




PROJEKT ARCHE - EINE ÜBERLEBENSSTRATEGIE

(PROJECT ARK - A SURVIVAL STRATEGY)
Prateratelier,  Vienna
2018 - ongoing

Since 2016, Hannes Mlenek is working in the “Praterateliers”, an ensemble built for the World Exposition in 1873. To this day, the generousity of the venue allows artists to work in expansive ways. Mlenek’s multi-story studio is located in the sole preserved historic pavilion and serves as an exhibition space for the artist’s large-scale works and the development of his installations. The transdisciplinary project “PROJEKT ARCHE - EINE ÜBERLEBENSSTRATEGIE (PROJECT ARK - A SURVIVAL STRATEGY)” is one of the artist’s latest works with the intention to enhance public awarness for this area. The highlight of the installation consists of two “Gender Towers”, each a total of 10 metres high - a monumental manifestation of Mlenek’s vision of the corporeality and the parity of the sexes. 


Photo © Patrick Langwallner for Polestar, 2023




Video stills © ORF, 2018

︎ youtube | Video Hannes Mlenek, Projects 2020-2018



MEDUSA*EXPEDIT - MEDUSA*ODEON

Performances in cooperation with Bert Gstettner, Tanz*Hotel
Vienna/New York, US
2015/16/17

In cooperation with performance artist and choreographer Bert Gstettner (Tanz*Hotel), Hannes Mlenek realised two multifaceted stage projects,  “MEDUSA*EXPEDIT” and “MEDUSA*ODE, which were inspired by the painting “The Raft of the Medusa” by French artist Théodore Géricault.  In the fashion of the tattered sails of the bursting Medusa, Mlenek ravaged and dissected his own works during the performances.  Initially a commentator, drawing and painting in the background, Hannes Mlenek became an actor and performer, moving above, underneath and around his canvases to once more express his primary focus: the human body.






SEISMOGRAMM DER ERREGUNG

(Seismogram of Excitation)
Installation for the exhibition “Line & Shape”
Leopold Museum, Vienna
2014

Works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka were exhibited in "Line & Shape" at Leopold Museum in 2014. Abstract works by Oswald Oberhuber and Karl Anton Fleck lead to the artist statement of Hannes Mlenek, who engaged the exhibition walls into the site-specific intervention “Seismogram of Excitation". The artist referred to the motif of the nude, which frequently recurred in the exhibition. The wall drawings were accompanied by an object, depicting a hand and measuring 4.30 x 2.10 metres. “The master's main tool is not the pen or the chalk, but the human hand”, stated Hannes Mlenek, or as art historian and curator Peter Weiermair put it: "With Mlenek the line does not end with the arm, but where the thought leaves the line.”


Photo ©  Fotomanufaktur Grünwald


Photos © Alexandra Mitsche | Leopold Museum, 2014

︎ youtube | Video Hannes Mlenek, Projects 2020-2018



WHERE THE THOUGHT LEAVES THE LINE

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




DER FALL PARSIFAL  

Paulus Manker - “Wagnerdämmerung” 
(“Parsifal” | Paulus Manker - “Wagner’s Twilight”)
Installation in the scope of the theatre production,
Former Imperial & Royal Post Office, Vienna
2013

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




AIRFIELD - TRANSBOUNDARY

Land Art Installation
Dobersberg, Lower Austria
2010

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



AIRFIELD - TRANSBOUNDARY 

Project preparations & Exhibition
Expedithalle Brotfabrik, Vienna
2009

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





Photos © Gerald Plattner, 2009




NASCA, ALL OVER THE PLACE

Museum Installation & exhibition
Künstlerhaus Vienna
2009

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




PALIMPSET

Installation (permanent)
Karlskirche (St. Charles Church), Vienna
2009-2018

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




TRANSFORMING WALL

Installation
quartier21, Museumsquartier, Vienna
2004

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



EXHIBITION VIEWS
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DER ERREGER

(THE AGITATOR)
Museum Liaunig, Thalheim b. Wels, Austria
2019





Fotos: Museum Angerlehner & © Detlef Löffler, 2019





TRANSFORMING WALL - EINE PROVOKATION

(TRANSFORMING WALL - A PROVOCATION)
Grenzkunsthalle Jennersdorf, Austria
2019




Photo © Detlef Löffler, 2019




NH HOTEL PRAGUE

Floor-& Wall Installation
NH Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
2019



IMPACT

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Bratislava, Slovakia, 2013


Photo © Peter Kainz, Faksimile Digital, Wien





Photos © Richard Kucera Guzman



DYNAMIK DES KÖRPERS

(Dynamic of the Body)
Semperdepot Vienna
2006


Photos © Peter Kainz, Faksimile Digital, Wien






WORKS 2020-1990
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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





Aus der Serie “SEISMOGRAMM DER ERREGUNG”
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