Hans Schabus

Born 1970 in Watschig, Austria. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria



Born 1970 in Watschig, Austria

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria

Hans Schabus’ works are directly related to spatial thinking and experience and understanding of socio-political infrastructures and its impact on the lived environment. He explores formal diversity within an artist’s practice and his work originates from a desire to connect different sites and temporalities. This is a key element in the artist’s research, and characterizes his work in the studio as well as the residencies and the exhibitions he participates in. The approach Schabus’ takes with each project, makes the artist into a sculptor in the classic sense of the word. He selects, assembles, and creates through an experience of space, understood both in its physical and mental dimensions. His works are a response to the surrounding environment and the materials that form it, and result from a direct and very personal experience of these contexts.  

Hans Schabus studied sculpture with Bruno Gironcoli at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1991 to 1996. Since 2012, he has been teaching at the University of Applied Arts, where he heads the Department of Sculpture and Space. Hans Schabus has been showing his work in a national and international context since 1992. His works were exhibited at the Colombo Art Biennale 2012, the 6th Berlin Biennale 2010, at the Biennale of Sydney 2008 and Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt am Main 2002.  

Recent solo presentations at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna; Mumok, Vienna; Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris; Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg. The artist has also exhibited at numerous international institutions, including NMNM – Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Turin; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Frac Normandie Rouen, Rouen; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.  

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Malmö Art Museum, Malmö; Art Metropole, Toronto; Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg; The Curve – Barbican Art Gallery, London; SITE Sante Fe, New Mexico; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz; Secession, Vienna.