Hertha Hurnaus

O. T., 2012
pigment print on FineArt paper, mounted on Aluminium, framed
60 x 60 cm
5 + 2AP

Hertha Hurnaus often takes a narrative approach to photographing architecture. The series on Dedeček’s buildings plays with the absence of people, although some photos feature pieces of furniture, hinting at what the function of these spaces might be. The images depict, for example, the empty seats of the National Gallery’s outdoor cinema, a furnished classroom, the futuristic plenary hall of the University of Agriculture in Nitra, or a leather bench, which could be from a discotheque, but is actually in the Supreme Court of Justice in Bratislava. This method transforms the buildings into stages, making the viewer wonder “Which drama could possibly be staged here?” One thing is for sure: we need to revisit modernity and learn to engage with these kinds of buildings once again.

Text excerpt: Oliver Elser
(English translation: Mandana Taban)




Hertha Hurnaus

Lives and works in Vienna.
Born in Linz, Austria.

1982-85 School of Photography, Linz, Austria
Masterclass Photography, Grafische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt Wien

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2015Herta Hurnaus. Dedeček.,Krobath Wien
2011Raum verschraubt mit der Zeit, im Rahmen des Architekturpreis des Landes Steiermark, HDA im Palais Thinnfeld, Granz & Vorarlberger Architektur Institut, Dornbirn
2008Out of Context, Galerie Prisma, Suedtiroler Kuenstlerbund, Bozen
2006Die Ostmoderne, ARCHITEKTURTAGE – Wien & Bratislava, Galerie des Slowakischen Architekten­vereins, Bratislava
form and nonform, Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, Prague
2005form and nonform, Batiment Jean Monnet, Luxembourg
2003Haus Meldemannstrasse, Künstlerhaus Passagegalerie, Vienna

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2016VOM SCHREIBEN, REISEN UND FOTOGRAFIEREN, NöART-Gruppenausstellung – Kunsthaus Horn
“Care for Architecture: Asking the Arché of Architecture to Dance”, 15th International architecture exhibition / La Biennale di Venezia 2016, Pavillon of The Czech Republic and The Slovak Republic, Giardini di Castello, Venice
2014Guten Morgen, Stadt! Kommunaler Wohnbau der Wiener Nachkriegsmoderne, pool Architektur, Wien
2012Architektur + Fotografie II – Iwan Baan, Jan Bitter, Hertha Hurnaus, Architektur Galerie Berlin, Berlin
2007Architektur sehen – M. Spiluttini, B. Klomfar, H. Hurnaus, Kunstverein Baden, Baden; Schloss Seisenegg
2006Architektur sehen – M. Spiluttini, B. Klomfar, H. Hurnaus, Zumtobel Lichtforum, Vienna (touring exhibition)
Umgebungen, Kunsthaus Muerz, Mürzzuschlag
2005Nachkriegsarchitektur, Die Ostmoderne, Framework, Berlin & Vienna
2004Picturing The Modern World, The Photography of Dwell, James Nicholson Gallery, San Francisco