November 7, 2019

Tillman Kaiser in conversation with Bob Nickas

Exhibition talk

Talk in English.
An event by the friends of the Secession


In his exhibition Im Dom in the Secession’s main gallery, Tillman Kaiser presents mostly new sculptures and large-format pictures. Kaiser’s pictures combine photography with painting and graphic art. Photographs recorded with a homemade camera obscura as well as cyanotypes and photograms made without the use of a camera are the material he subsequently reworks in a painterly process. Folding and geometric forms as well as the use of straightforward and “poor” materials are the defining characteristics of Kaiser’s sculptures, objects, and three-dimensional wall pieces.

Exhibitions (selection): 2018 Galerie Layr, Rom; 2017 Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; 21er Haus, Wien; 2016 Villa Borghese, Rom; 2015 Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York

Tillman Kaiser studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He lives and works in Vienna.


Bob Nickas is a writer and curator based in New York. He has organized over 80 exhibitions since 1984. Between 2003-06, he was Curatorial Advisor at MoMA/PS1, he served on the team for the 2003 Biennale de Lyon and contributed a section to Aperto at the 1993 Venice Biennale. He was founding editor of Index magazine.

His books include Painting Abstraction: New Elements In Abstract Painting, and four collections of writing and interviews: Theft Is VisionLive Free or DieThe Dept. of Corrections, and Komplaint Dept. Most recently he has published essays in Vija Celmins (Matthew Marks) and Brand New: Art & Commodity in the 1980s (Hirschhorn Museum). His reviews were published in numerous international art magazines such as Spike, Artforum, Frieze, and Art in America.