YACA (Young Austrian Contemporary Art) and counterparts worldwide going New York May 5th until 14th 2021

The final curatorial selection has been made today and shows the Austrian painter Elisabeth Pfniss in counterposition with American conceptual artist Dan Graham. This way the arch between New York in the US and Graz in Austria is created.

The fragile work Frau in Rosé/ Woman in Rosé, 2020 by painter Elisabeth Pfniss is using several layers of paint in drip technique and a continuous over-painting process on Japanese paper that thereby becomes three-dimensional when shown unframed, like in her second series, last year in London becoming opaque when the light shines through and is a unique work of six parts.

The counterposition with the limited edition work Sketch for Two Way Mirror/ Hedge Arabesque, 2013 by American minimal and conceptual artist Dan Graham builds that bridge between Austria and the US and references the pavilions by the artists as his sculptural work.

The counter-position of the two artists shows the three-dimensionality that is absent but still to grasp by means of understanding the conceptual approach Dan Graham took to visualise the sculpture created, like a preview of what will be on view to make us understand what his sculptures look like, aiming to realise the work in real life. An architectural approach at the same time, to show what can be created. Lisson Gallery represents Dan Graham and thereby the bridge to his gallery is achieved at the same time, which we will visit during our stay in New York.

Elisabeth Pfniss’ three dimensional approach is fine and nearly not to grasp when the works are behind glass but upon second view these layers created over several weeks become visible.

Austria versus America and the bridge we build, very close when it comes to visual art and the time invested in the works, captured.

The exhibition series YACA (Young Austrian Contemporary Art) & counterparts worldwide has been developed in 2008 to promote Austrian Contemporary Art internationally and counter-position emerging contemporary artists with internationally renowned artists to increase the value of their art and allow for them to live of their artistic practise.

After extensive exhibitions in a small gallery space in the centre of the City of Graz in Austria from 2008-2012, the exhibition series Zu Gast am Schlossberg/ Visiting Schlossberg Mountain takes place since 2015 in the Bell Tower Graz on Schlossberg Mountain where artists are provided the possibility to create new installations, especially for this heritage protected building.

Last year in November 2020 the first international exhibition took place in London in our Baker Street office under the title Paintings Painted/ Malerei Gemalt going London 2020 which showcased art from Austria focusing on the region Styria surrounding Graz, Austria and three international positions Reiner Heidorn, Kathrin Weber and Tonino Gottarelli in collaboration with the Fondazione Tonino Gottarelli, curated by Daniela Haberz, M.A. for the Bell Tower Liesl, showcased in Graz in October 2021 and exhibited subsequently at AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited in London  in November 2021.

More here: Paintings Painted/ Malerei Gemalt Details

We would like to thank the Christie Collection for the loan of the work by Dan Graham.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon and all my best wishes,

Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Curator & Wealth Adviser for Art as Investment


Daniela Haberz, M.A., Curator & Wealth Adviser for Art as Investment
AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.
Wealth Management limited to the assessment in moveable assets in Art & Art Investment

Head office:
Schoergelgasse 32/1/6
8010 Graz

Exhibition Space:
Glockenturm/ Bell Tower Graz
Schlossberg 6
8010 Graz

Office London:
AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited (By Guarantee)
83 Baker Street
London W1A 6AG
United Kingdom

Mobile UK: +44 759 265 7030
Mobile Austria: +43 664 182 8678
E-mail: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org
Web: http://www.artconsultancyhaberz.org

AØH Travel London Oct 2020


This year AØH Travel is going to Frieze Week in London.

In conversation about young Styrian and Austrian Art in comparison with emerging British Art with gallerist Jari Lager at Union Gallery, London

We joined Lehmann Maupin at the opening of their new art space in Mayfair

We visited Zabludowicz Collection and got a private VIP tour by the curator.

Link Tate Gallery: https://www.tate.org.uk

Link Hayward Gallery: https://www.haywardgallery.org.uk

Attention: Pre-registering necessary (see link above)

Open: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 6pm Monday and Tuesday closed

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd
London SE1 8XX

Email: info@haywardgallery.org.uk
Call: +44 20 7960 5211

Link Whitechapel Gallery: https://www.whitechapelgallery.org

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High St
London E1 7QX

Call: +44 (0)20 7522 7888
Email: info@whitechapelgallery.org

Link: Lehmann Maupin, South Kensington, London: https://www.lehmannmaupin.com/news/lehmann-maupin-london-opens-at-cromwell-place-in-october

1 Cromwell Place
South Kensington
SW7 2JE London

Opening hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 10 AM–6 PM
By appointment: Monday–Tuesday, 10 AM–6 PM
Email: london@lehmannmaupin.com

Link: Lisson Gallery, Mayfair, London: https://www.lissongallery.com/news/lisson-gallery-to-open-on-cork-street-mayfair

22 Cork Street

Call +44 (0)20 7724 2739

At Union Gallery within the Programme of Frieze Week I am giving a talk on current projects of AØH Art Consultancy Haberz including Sculpture Garden on the River Mur and exhibitions in the series Visiting Schlossberg Mountain and Styrian Art.

Date: 09th of October 2020 at 3.00 – 4.30 p.m. (including Q&A)

Union Gallery, London: http://www.union-gallery.com

If someone is interested for me to include their work in my presentation please write to: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org and send your CV and portfolio.

In our spare time we take part in a service at Westminster Abbey like last year and visit

Westminster Abbey: https://www.westminster-abbey.org 
Kew Gardens: https://www.kew.org
Princess Diana Memorial Playground: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/diana-memorial-playground

For the detailed program please get in touch under the below contacts.

All my best wishes,

Daniela Haberz, M.A.

Curator & Wealth Adviser for Art as Investment

Daniela Haberz, M.A., Curator & Collection Adviser
AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.
Wealth Management limited to the assessment
in moveable assets in Art & Art Investment

Head office: Schörgelgasse 32/1/6, 8010 Graz, Austria
Exhibition space: Bell Tower ‘Liesl’ Graz, Schlossberg 6, 8010 Graz, Austria
Mobile: +43 664 182 8678
E-mail: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org
Web: http://www.artconsultancyhaberz.org

Dan Graham – Contemplation Kitchen Gallery, Graz – 21st of February 2019

Dan Graham – Contemplation curated by Daniela Haberz, M.A.
at the Kitchen Gallery, Graz, Austria
Opening: Thursday, 21st of February 3.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Finissage: Saturday, 30st of March 2019 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

‘Sketch for Two Way Mirror/ Hedge Arabesque, 2013 by Dan Graham

***Für Deutschen Text bitte nach unten scrollen******

Researching on the artist Dan Graham in October Files 11 and reflecting upon my visit of the exhibition at Lisson Gallery in London in October last year, as well as the limited edition art print I bought, I’ve come up with a list of thoughts on the term ’Contemplation’ and what it means to myself as well as what the action or rather time passing of contemplating results in.

Pondering, considering, lost in thoughts, concretising, defining, developing, back and forth, focusing on here and now, cutting ties with dreams, realistic behaviour versus dreamworld, giving it up entirely? Just some sort of loopiness allowed? All certainty? All lost? Living here and now – forget the past, cut ties with former life, start anew, we’re going back to the start, wondering which start it was, our start, my former starts?

Window to the future, portal to the past – which one to choose? 

Pondering – Time loop

Two way mirror – Me versus We

Entry Exit Back – Scattered

Put together (By someone else)

Lifted up – Dropping down – Lifting up – Dropping down

– Spirraled – 

Today’s society and working methods let us appear to be in a constant loop of the same old routines producing constant déjà-vus, being captured in a time loop seeming to never end.

Real life versus pondering, constantly interchanged in our life. Where would the world be without research of numerous scientists or like in former times, philosophers walking in circles thinking up the innovations of today. Time is of the essence for realisation of the things that surround us. 

Like in the British parliament, currently discussed day-in and day-out in the Brexit proposals for a future relationship with the European Union, voices need to be heard not simply suppressed to realise a joint agreement, remembering that with the final contract, both sides will face the same obstacles.

Sitting in front of Dan Graham’s art work at Lisson Gallery allowed me to see myself mirrored in his work, however only like a mere shadow reflected in the plexi glass structure. Previously I have taken a similar photograph at the Art Basel Unlimited section reflecting myself in a Pavilion structure by Dan Graham presented by Lisson Gallery.

The focus lies on the art work, but the public, in this case myself, is still reflected in the realisation of his work, but not in the foreground but rather as a mere shadow in the distance only documented in photographs. I conscientiously choose the term realisation of his work, as further developed by his performances the visitor is vital to Graham’s working method. Even though his creative output resulted in an art work, we engage with it and therewith develop it further. Like Foucault says the visitor further develops the work carrying it out into real life, by further definition by ones own words.

In his performances Graham engages with the audience, the public is asked to define himself, he defines the audience. It’s a ’Me’ versus ’We’ resulting in creating a better understanding of Graham’s personality by himself, mirrored in the eyes of the audience.

The experience created by these performances make us aware of, or allow us to take time to encounter events and in a grander realm, life to the full extent, which is expressed in Graham’s Collected Memories resulting from his engagement with the audience.

A succession of Time – Thoughts – Experience – Memory, were my associations reading about his work and by looking at his works, which led to my creation of the title for the exhibition ’Contemplation’ in this realm ’Results’ are no priority, as schedules are not inherent to contemplation. Where does the performance end and what does the public take away for themselves? The question, we pose to ourselves is, do we encompass the art on show into our own lives to learn more about ourselves. Would Graham be where he is today without the public involved is another angle to view. Dan Graham’s ultimate result is discovering himself by means of being described by the audience.

Like in the single art work being on show at the Kitchen Gallery in Graz poignantly reduced by his simple inscription: ’Dan Graham with Dan Graham’ signed Dan Graham

The Me versus Us results into a ‘Me’, one could say enhanced by the ‘We’, quoted in the beginning in my word collection and spiralled, until the next encounter with the public takes place.

The exhibition can be viewed and engaged with upon personal request only, to leave time and space to contemplate.
Curated by Daniela Haberz, M.A. for AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.

Kindly supported by the County of Styria Culture, Europe & Foreign Affairs and the City of Graz Culture



AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.
Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Mobile: +43 (0) 664 182 8678
E-mail: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org
Web: http://www.artconsultancyhaberz.org

Dan Graham – ’Contemplation’ – kuratiert von Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Kitchen Gallery, Graz, Austria 21. Februar – 30. März 2019

Eröffnung: Donnerstag, 21. Februar 15:00 – 21:00 Uhr
Finissage: Samstag, 30. März 11:00 – 15:00 Uhr

Während meiner Beschäftigung mit dem Künstler Dan Graham und der Reflexion über meinen Besuch seiner Ausstellung in der Lisson Gallery in London, sowie dem limitierten Kunstdruck den ich erworben habe definierte ich eine Wortsammlung zum englischen Begriff ’Contemplation’ zu Deutsch ’Kontemplation’ und was der Begriff für mich bedeutet oder worin die Handlung oder vielmehr der Zeitvertreib von ’Contemplation’ resultiert.

Überlegen, Bedenken, Gedankenverloren, Konkretisieren, Definieren, Entwickeln, Vor und Zurück, fokussieren auf das ’Hier und Jetzt’, loslassen von Träumen, realistisches Handeln versus Traumwelt, das völlige Aufgeben derselben? Etwas Verrücktheit erlaubt? Völlige Sicherheit? Alles verloren? Das Leben im Hier & Jetzt – Aufgeben der Vergangenheit, die Brücke zum vorhergehendem Leben abbrechen, Neuer Start, wir kehren zum Anfang zurück, überlegen welcher Anfang das war, unser Start oder meine vergangenen Anfänge?

Fenster zur Zukunft, Portal zur Vergangenheit – welche Wahl treffen?

Überlegen – Zeitspirale

Doppelter Spiegel – Ich versus Wir

Eingang – Ausgang – zurück – verstreut (Zusammengesetzt von jemand anderem)

Aufgehoben – Niedergefallen – Aufheben – Fallen lassen

– Unendlich weitergeführt –

Die heutige Gesellschaft und unsere Arbeitsmethoden erscheinen uns in einer Endlosschleife der immer gleichen Routinen, welche in konstanten Déjà-vues resultieren, gefangen in einer nie enden wollenden Zeitschleife. Echtes Leben versus Gedankenverlorenheit, im ständigen Austausch.

Wo wäre die Welt heute ohne die Recherche der zahlreichen Wissenschaftler oder in früheren Zeiten der Philosophen, die in Kreisen wandelten um die Innovationen unserer heutigen Zeit zu entwickeln? Zeit is wesentlich zur Umsetzung der Dinge, die uns umgeben.

Wie im Britischen Parlament derzeit tagein und tagaus zur Entwicklung der Brexitpläne für eine zukünftige Beziehung zur Europäischen Union diskutiert, müssen Stimmen der Bevölkerung gehört werden, nicht einfach unterdrückt, um eine gemeinsame Lösung zu finden, uns zu erinnern, dass der endgültige Vertrag beide Seiten in gleichen Maßen betrifft, wir dieselben Hürden überbrücken müssen.

Vor der Skulptur von Dan Graham in der Lisson Gallery in London zu sitzen ermöglichte mir mich selbst in der Plexiglas Struktur zu spiegeln. Vor Kurzem habe ich ein ähnliches Bild auf der Art Basel Unlimited Messe gespiegelt in einem anderen ’Pavillon’, wie Graham’s Skulpturen benannt werden fotografiert, welche ebenfalls von der Lisson Gallery in London ausgestellt wurde. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf dem Kunstwerk selbst, jedoch das Publikum, in dem Fall ich selbst, ist wesentlich für die Realisierung der Arbeit, nicht im Vordergrund sondern als ein reiner Schatten in der Weite, dokumentiert rein durch die Fotografien.

Hierbei wähle ich bewusst den Begriff ’Realisierung’ seines Werkes, da für die Weiterentwicklung von Dan Graham’s Performances der Besucher wesentlich ist. Auch wenn die kreative Umsetzung von Graham in einem Kunstwerk resultiert, interagieren wir Besucher_innen damit und entwickeln es dadurch weiter.

Wie Foucault sagt, interagiert die/ der Besucher_in mit einem Objekt und trägt es hinaus in die Welt, durch Beschreibung ihrer/ seiner eigenen Worte. In seinen Performances interagiert Graham mit dem Publikum das aufgefordert wird ihn zu beschreiben, anschließend beschreibt er das Publikum. Es ist ein ’Ich versus ’Wir’, das in einem besseren Verständnis von Dan Graham’s Persönlichkeit durch ihn selbst resultiert, gespiegelt in den Augen des Publikums.

Die Erfahrung, die aus seinen Performances entsteht macht uns bewusst oder gibt uns Zeit Begegnungen oder im größeren Kontext das Leben in vollem Ausmaße zu erleben, was durch die Kommunikation mit dem Publikum in Dan Graham’s ’Collected Memories’, zu Deutsch ’Gesammelten Erfahrungen’ resultiert.

Eine Folge von Zeit – Gedanken – Erfahrungen – Gedächtnis waren meine Assoziationen beim Lesen über und dem Betrachten seiner künstlerischen Werke, was zum Titel der von mir kuratierten Ausstellung ’Contemplation’ in der Kitchen Gallery in Graz führte. In dieser Beziehung sind Resultate nicht vorrangig, da zeitliche Terminisierung dem Vorgang der Kontemplation nicht inhärent sind.

Wo endet die Performance oder künstlerische Aufführung und was nimmt das Publikum für sich selbst mit? Die Frage, die wir uns selbst stellen, beziehen wir Kunst in unser Leben mit ein, um mehr über uns selbst zu erfahren? Wäre Dan Graham ohne das Involvieren des Publikums heute da wo er ist, ist ein anderer Blickwinkel der in Betracht gezogen wird. Dan Graham’s schlussendliches Ergebnis ist sich selbst zu erkennen, durch Beschreibung des Publikums.

Wie in dem einzigen in der Kitchen Gallery in Graz ausgestelltem Kunstwerk in seiner Signierung treffend formuliert: ’Dan Graham mit Dan Graham’ signiert Dan Graham.

Das ’Wir’ resultiert in einem ’Ich’, man könnte sagen verbessert durch das ’Wir’, wie in meiner vorangegangenen Wortsammlung beschrieben – ins Unendliche fortgeführt, bis das nächste Zusammentreffen mit dem Publikum stattfindet.

Die Ausstellung kann nach Terminvereinbarung betrachtet und mit ihr interagiert werden, zur Kontemplation und für Zeit für eigene Gedanken.

Kuratiert von Daniela Haberz, M.A. für AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.

Gefördert durch das Land Steiermark Kultur, Europa & Außenbeziehungen und der Stadt Graz Kultur.



AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u.
Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Mobile: +43 (0) 664 182 8678
E-mail: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org
Web: http://www.artconsultancyhaberz.org