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Dialogue Tour
Jan Tappe & Anita Leisz 

Exhibition Tour 

Anita Leisz, 2017
Gypsum fibreboard, wax, wood

Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Anita Leisz’s works are characterized by a subtle formal language in which works made of industrial materials such as sheet metal, rubber, and fiberboard make new connections to the architecture of the exhibition space. On the works, various traces refer to human interventions and open up questions about transience and the evolution of form.

In a tour, Jan Tappe (HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark) enters into conversation with Anita Leisz to trace important guidelines within her oeuvre: How do her works interact with the surrounding architecture and spaces? What role does the artist play within the process of form-finding? What expectations do visitors have of art and how does Leisz deal with these expectations? Personal exchange reveals direct insights into what art can, does, and should do.

Artists

Participating artists

Anita Leisz

*1973 Leoben, lives in Vienna

studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Solo exhibitions have been held at Belvedere 21, Vienna; mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Kunstverein Ludwigsburg; Salzburger Kunstverein; and Secession, Vienna; among others. Her works have been shown at the Kunsthaus Bregenz; Haus der Kunst Munich; Kunstverein Nürnberg and Kunstverein Hamburg, among others. In 2019, she was awarded the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize. The artist is represented by Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna; Norma Mangione, Turin; and Lars Friedrich, Berlin.

Jan Tappe

lives in Graz

is curatorial assistant at HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark. Until August 2020 he was program coordinator at Galerie Wedding — Space for Contemporary Art in Berlin. There he curated, among other things, the exhibition project Gift by the artist Julian Irlinger, which will be shown this year in Los Angeles and Leipzig. In addition to his curatorial work, he publishes regularly, most recently as co-editor of Gift, published by Spector Books in fall 2021, and as author for Jasmin Werner’s Melted Mermoria, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König in 2022.

Anita Leisz, 2017
Gypsum fibreboard, wax, wood

Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano