Nikolaus Eberstaller

Multimedia Art

The multifaceted work of Nikolaus Eberstaller encircles the Big Five of his world theatre: dream, our so called reality, social criticism, beauty and ugliness. The Austrian artist denounces the exciting and fascinating way to social ills and to show the fatal consequences of poverty, suffering and destruction caused by the abuse of power. The statements of the artworks are bipolar, they live from the tension of opposites that are not incompatible, but to make clear that every aspect includes a positive and a negative side. In the monumental BATTLEFIELD you can perceive at first only the letters of the plastic protruding LOVE, which is the sweet pink color uniformly blended with. On closer inspection, you realize that the letters are made from countless toy soldiers and tanks. They stand in rows and are forced into subordinate formations attracted to the color as a standard sauce, so that the actors remain nameless, they deserve no more individuality. At the same time, the color of vulnerable human skin of the soldiers return to our flesh and blood. The pink color is caused by the mixture of red, which stands for blood, and white symbolizing the purity. In a subtle way the artwork brings to express that irresolvable opposites seemingly can arise from one another, that love can develop from a battlefield and a battlefield from love.
Also invented by Eberstaller the currency HONEY juxtaposes opposites. It shows that money has a hand of peace and another full of destructive consequences, depending on how it is used. On the back of each certificate a baroque castle appears in a park, a sunny idyll that symbolizes prosperity and peace as a result of meaningful invested money. However, on the other side allegorical representations of the seven deadly sins – Acedia, Luxuria, Gula, Invidia, Avaritia, Ira and Superbia. Eberstaller draws on these pictures from his rich knowledge of the compositions of old masters like Hieronymus Bosch and Marcantonio Raimondi, which he often subtly alienates with a humorous undertone. In addition, the artists also used to hold photographs, current events such as the measurement of radiation exposure of children after the Chernobyl or the disaster of Fukushima. The images are accompanied by animals, which symbolize the respective mortal sins according to medieval tradition. Besides logos of large international corporations appear such as Smith & Wesson or IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), showing exert negative effects on such industries, social life and the environment and ultimately hate and discord. Finally, hiding behind the serial numbers on the right edge of the bills, the exact dates of those wars, from the beginning of the second world war, to the most devastating consequences. The inscription “Worthless unless transformed” calls to mind that the existence of money in itself has no effect, but only when it is used, it is only when claiming a counter value. This exchange may have meaningful consequences or objectionable, which call the impressive pictures on the notes in memory. As the saying goes, they are the two sides of a coin. The allegorical images provide a wealth of suggestions to further reflect on the consequences of the money that is worthless in itself and yet exerts such a lasting impact by affecting the flow of the entire life. Text by Dr. Achim Gnann/ Curator Albertina, Vienna/AT
Nikolaus Eberstaller was often awarded. Exhibitions took him throughout Europe and the USA. Recently his works were exhibited in the exhibition hall A38  in Budapest/HU and in the Bode-Museum on the Museum Island in Berlin/DE.

Artist Info

Nikolaus Eberstaller


Biography


Born in 1968 in Klosterneuburg/AT
Lives and works in Vienna/AT

Education

1989-1994

Studies of architecture, Technical University, Vienna/AT

Awards and scholarships

2013

LICC London International Creative Award
(Finalist, 2 Shortlists and 1 Honourable Mention)
GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2013, 2 nominations

2011

Winner, 2 Red Dot Awards

2010

Charlatan Ink Collective, NYC, Finalist
LICC London 2010 Art Prize, Shortlist
Winner, INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN LABEL Awards

2009

GOLDEN DRUM Awards, Portoroz/SLO
The Cup Award, Portoroz/SLO
European EULDA Award

2005

Burgenländischer Landespreis

2003-2006

Grant by Foundation Forum Krasków/PL

Selected solo shows

2015

Battlefield Love Memorials, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2013

Alles wird gut, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2012

NEUE MALEREI & MARIE COCHON REVIEW, Golser Kinohaus, Gols/AT

2010

Galerie im Alten Wienerturm, Bruck-Leitha/AT

2009

SZDP, Wroclaw/PL

2008

Herzog am Hafen, Berlin/DE

2006

ISAF World Sailing Games/AT

2005

Foundation Heinrich, Gols/AT

2004

Austrian Culture Forum, Krakau/PL

2003

Krasków Art Foundation, Marcinowice/PL
Hagebau-Kolar, Neusiedl am See/AT

2002

NCM, Salzburg/AT

2000

galerie im haus im puls, Neusiedl am See/AT

Selected group shows

2017

Sammlung Haupt (Berlin)/30 Silberlinge – Kunst&Geld, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim/DE
Muse Macht Moneten, Bode-Museum, Museum Island, Berlin/DE
Nonnenturm, Merkur Bank, Plauen/DE

2014

Divided and Reunified, A38, Budapest/HU
The inner wealth, Conference of the Visionaries, Berlin/DE
Just fair, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2013

Money Works, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Club 119, Weiden am See/AT
Money, Money, Money, Kunstforum Halle/DE

2012

Dreißig Silberlinge – Sammlung Haupt, Altmärkisches Museum Stendal/DE
DAS GLÜCK IST EIN VOGERL, Pavillion am Wasser, Vienna/AT
Der Goldene Käfig – THE GOLDEN CAGE, Kunstbüro & WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2011

CHARLATAN INK COLLECTIVE, New York/USA
Preview Aftershow, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
PREVIEW BERLIN, with WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
The End of the Dream, MicaMoca & WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Krasków Art Foundation, Marcinowice/PL

2010

getsix, Wroclaw/PL

2009

Gallery in Haberkasten, Muehldorf-Inn/AT

2008

art zurich, Zurich/CH

2007

Gallery Alter Wienerturm, Bruck-Leitha/AT

2005

Gallery Bettfedernfabrik, Oberwaltersdorf/AT
Collection Kolar, Neusiedl-See/AT
Cash & Carry, Eisenstadt/AT

2003

East College, Jennersdorf/AT

2002

Barbara Eberstaller Wendelin, Gols/AT

2001

Art Foundation Infeld, Halbturn/AT
Kollegium Ost, Jennersdorf/AT

Collections


Atlas Sztuki, Warsaw/PL
Austrian General Consulate, Krakow/PL
Bode-Museum, Berlin/DE
Collection Frohner/AT
Collection Infeld/AT
Dr. Maximilian Herzog, Berlin/DE
Art Foundation Forum Krasków Castle/PL
Sammlung Gamperl/PL
Sammlung Haupt, Berlin/DE