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Edwin Lipburger

Kugelmugel

June 4 - July 16

When the Austrian artist Edwin Lipburger built a house in the shape of a ball in the early nineteen-seventies he made headlines in the tabloid press. This was not only because of the unconventional shape of the house, which was situated in the Austrian countryside. Provoked by a series of prosecutions (for failing to obtain planning permission etc.), and in order to escape Austrian jurisdiction, Lipburger had declared Kugelmugel ("Ball Hill") an independent republic. Lipburger was, however, sent to prison for 10 weeks and the case is still not closed. Meanwhile Lipburger has reached the age of 77, and the house, originally named "Sphera 2000", stands in the Vienna Prater.

The project is more than an eccentric architectural experiment. It encompasses the vision of one person to create an alternative to existing ways of living, building and creating art. Except for an article printed in the Austrian magazine "transparent" in 1977, Kugelmugel has never been taken into serious consideration by either the specialised art or architectural press. Nonetheless Kugelmugel resonates today, as projects sharing a similar approach are produced and presented within museum and exhibition contexts.

The exhibition includes original photographic documentation made by Lipburger in the early seventies, and a selection of Lipburger's extensive artistic production relating to the project (stamps, posters, and conceptual paintings), presented alongside a video portrait by Oliver Croy made in 2003.

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