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Exhibition view: abstract pastel objects mounted on white walls, light gray floor, two white columns, glass ceiling
© Nairy Baghramian, Breath Holding Spell, 2021, Ausstellungsansicht Secession 2021, Foto: Werner Kaligofsky
Exhibition view: abstract pastel objects mounted on white walls, light gray floor, two white columns, glass ceiling

Nairy Baghramian

Solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions all over the world and acquisitions of her works by numerous public and private collections have established Nairy Baghramian as one of the foremost sculptors of her generation. In works that typically takes the (fragmented) human body as its point of departure, she grapples with the fundamental questions of art-making: with the interrelations between production and reception, between picture and frame, between object and pedestal, for example, but also with the use of materials and how the work interacts with the everyday. In site-responsive installations, sculptures that appear fragile, obviously in need of support, drawings, and photographic works, she takes a stand against the conventional pose of self-confidence, the dominant creative gesture, and its claim to perpetual validity. Her formal idiom, choice of materials, and approach have as much in common with post-minimalism as with conceptual art; the artist harnesses the potential of abstraction to address complex sets of questions and frame a suitable response in terms of aesthetic form, forging what she herself has described as “ambivalent abstraction.” Baghramian’s interventions and sculptures always grow out of an engagement with the architecture, history, social, and institutional context of the exhibition site, though without becoming dependent on it. Gingerly advancing from the periphery, from passages or corridors, toward the center, her works characteristically inscribe themselves in their environment or mark a particular point in it rather than dominating the space.

Venue

Secession

Friedrichstraße 12
1010 Wien

Current Dates

  • Fri. 28 Jan 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 29 Jan 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 30 Jan 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 01 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 02 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 03 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 04 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 05 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 06 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 08 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

February

  • Wed. 09 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 10 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 11 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 12 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 13 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 15 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 16 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 17 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 18 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 19 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 20 Feb 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.