Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber

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Cliffhanger. The Exhibition

The works of the Vienna art collective Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber in urban spaces have repeatedly caused sensation. In September 2020, the trio caused sensation with their intervention “Cliffhanger” in the canyons of the Ötscher creek: A bright red tourist information booth in the middle of the steep gorge of the idyllic Mirafall waterfall reveals with a wink how much nature is being appropriated by the machinery of tourism. Anyone who wants to see the work must go on a hike. The installation will be accessible again from April through September 2021.

In past projects such as “Trouble in Paradise” (at the Schönbrunn Zoo) or “Freeze” (at Vienna’s Natural History Museum) the relationship between civilization and nature has already been explored in the often conceptual work of Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber. In contrast to “Cliffhanger“, however, these projects were all set in urban environments.

The exhibition of the same name in the State Gallery of Lower Austria features drafts, sketches and models of the intervention in the Ötscher canyon. A diorama was developed especially for Krems. Also on view are two videos by Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler, who further explore the project in the Ötscher canyon. The films are part of their experimental film musical “Alles hat Grenzen, nur der Mondfisch nicht“, which will be released in 2021.

The exhibition will be presented at the top floor of the State Gallery of Lower Austria, which offers a spectacular view of the landscape and the old town of Stein. Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber will incorporate the panorama into the exhibition.

Curator: Christian Bauer


Due to the measures to contain Covid-19, the exhibition was postponed from November 2020 to May 2021.

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