Heinrich Dunst studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with Peter Weibel and Bazon Brock.
He was awarded the Österreichischer Kunstpreis (Austrian art prize) in 2016.
Heinrich Dunst combines pictorial, sculptural, and language elements in his works to create intermedial intersections. His “meta-linguistic” spatial interventions and performances navigate the gap between what is visible and what can be expressed in language, the impossibility of translating one form into another, and the contexture of spatial presentations. His conceptual approach is rooted in concrete poetry, the Viennese art scene of the 1980s, which strove to expand abstract painting into the exhibition space, and artistic positions like Marcel Broodthaers, who investigate how words and images are perceived. Dunst lends these perspectives new currency by questioning the clarity of the references they evoke, thereby exposing the foundations of art.
Selected exhibitions: Kunstraum Pro Arte, Hallein (solo) (2019); Gallery of Contemporary Art, České Budějovice (solo) (2018); mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (group) (2018); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (group) (2017); Nationalgalerie Prag, Prague, with Franz West, (solo) (2016); Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz (group) (2016); Belvedere, 21er Haus, Vienna (group) (2016); Kunsthalle Krems (group) (2016); Galerie der Stadt Schwaz (solo) (2015); Ludwigforum Aachen (group) (2015); Secession, Vienna (solo) (2014); MAK Museum for applied art/contemporary art, Vienna (solo) (1997); and Artothek, Cologne (solo) (1996).
Selected museum and private collections: Belvedere, Vienna; Generali Foundation, Salzburg; Kunsthaus Bregenz; MAK Museum for applied arts, Vienna; mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; Neue Galerie Graz; Gabi and Wilhelm Schürmann Collection, Herzogenrath; and Sigrid and Franz Wojda Collection, Vienna.
Abstrakte Malerei zwischen Analyse und SyntheseAlan Charlton, Lydia Dona, Heinrich Dunst, Stephen Ellis, Helmut Federle, Gaylen Gerber, Franz Graf, Callum Innes, Imi Knoebel, Jonathan Lasker, Brice Marden, Joseph Marioni, Jürgen Meyer, Sigmar Polke, David Reed, Gerhard Richter, Perry Roberts, Robert Ryman, Adrian Schiess, Günter Umberg, John Zinsser