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Artist Tour with Franz Kapfer 

Exhibition Tour 

Styrian Armory

Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz

Franz Kapfer, Atlanten (Cloth mask), 2022 – 24

Cutting templates, mounted; cloth mask, 796145 cm, lacquer on wood, Plexiglas, weights; Courtesy the artist

Prior to producing his works, Franz Kapfer often delves into long periods of research, which are not only based on historiography in literature, but are also always fed by his own experience. He travels to different places, visits architecture(s) and tries to discover new contexts through encounters and impressions. This event aims to focus on this process of development of his works. Moreover, we will discuss Kapfer’s intervention at the Styrian Armory, based on the presentation of works in the Styrian Armory collection presentation.

Kapfer has placed colorful cutting templates throughout the four floors of the Styrian Armory, which depict examples and interpretations of different types of weapons held in the Styrian Armory collection. The ten templates for Kapfer’s atlases also exhibited here are arranged according to the logic of the collection. Atlases are figures, whose origins can be found in Greek mythology and which have been used time and again in art and architecture throughout the ages. As male figures, they replace columns on buildings and thus provide concrete support for the entire structure.

It is precisely this image and the associated glorified connotations of power, masculinity and strength that military and paramilitary forces and their commanders make use of, thus ascribing themselves a similar supporting role within society. In this work, Kapfer draws specifically on the atlases of Tula that he visited in Mexico.

As part of this conversational tour, Kapfer will talk about his trips to places such as Mexico, Israel and Ukraine, and will describe the background of the works on display from his own perspective.


Participating artists

Franz Kapfer

*1971 Fürstenfeld, lives in Vienna

Solo (among others): Kunst am Bau, Graz (2025), Club Hybrid, Graz (2021), museumORTH, Orth (2020), Museum Hartberg (2017), GPLcontemporary, Vienna (2016), Kunstpavillon Innsbruck (2009), Belvedere, Vienna (2008), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen, Passau (2007), Salzburger Kunstverein (2006), Galerie Hohenlohe, Vienna (2006), Bétonsalon, Paris (2005), Galerie Hohenlohe, Vienna (2004), Neue Galerie am Universalmuseum Joanneum, Studio, Graz (2002). Shows (among others): Kyiv Biennale, Vienna (2023), EVN collection, Maria Enzersdorf (2022), Neue Galerie am Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz (2022), HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz (2021), Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (2021), Sala Omnia, Bucharest (2019), Würtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2019), EVN collection Plovdiv (2019), Kunsthaus Graz (2018), Zeta Art Center & Gallery, Tirana (2018), Belvedere 21, Vienna (2017), Biennale Gherdëina 5, Ortisei (2016), MUSA, Vienna (2016), GFZK, Leipzig (2015), Kyiv Biennial, Kyiv (2015), Kunsthalle Mainz (2015), University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong (2015), National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Nizhny Novgoradd and Moscow (2014), Leopold Museum, Vienna (2014), Secession, Vienna (2014), Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck (2013), Ludwig Museúm, Budapest (2013), Depo, Jewish baker and Austrian Cultural Forum, Istanbul (2013), Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (2012), Busan Biennale, Busan (2012), MUAC, Mexico City (2012), Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Cracow (2011), BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nowy Sącz (2011), im Rahmen von Franz West Extroversion, 54. Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2011)

Franz Kapfer, Atlanten (Cloth mask), 2022 – 24

Cutting templates, mounted; cloth mask, 796145 cm, lacquer on wood, Plexiglas, weights; Courtesy the artist