Lisa Holzer, What carries you?, installation view, Secession 2019, photo: Peter Mochi

Lisa Holzer

What carries you?

November 23, 2019 – February 9, 2020

At first something disappears. The exhibition starts in the staircase to the Kabinett with a colour application that will be overlooked. The dark grey mountings of the handrails – now there are two for security purposes – disappear in the colour of the wall. They seem to hang in the air. Almost as if I could throw them towards you.

In the Kabinett the light’s not on. This exhibition needs – no demands grey daylight. On view are radiant pigment prints, very colourful –  I should limit the colours – almost clownish pictures – this would be cooler. They show grapes and grapes in white chocolate. The grapes are huge. I thought wine grapes go well with Austria. It is a daylight, a movement exhibition. Maybe the winter date is not the best for this.

Removing the light is a reverse movement to the addition of colour on the mounting of the rails. And yet, twice, something is being removed.


Lisa Holzer was born in Vienna in 1971 and lives and works in Berlin and Vienna.