Join us for the opening night of Austrian artists Paul Renner and Richard Hoeck’s new exhibition, HOUSTON, SIE HABEN EIN PROBLEM! Featuring a performative dinner experience and first look at the exhibition, visit the Museum for an intimate and joyous experience of art, eating, and community in a temporary social club style setting. Food and beverages will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
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HOUSTON, SIE HABEN EIN PROBLEM! is curated by Hesse McGraw, Executive Director. It is coordinated by Patricia Restrepo, Assistant Curator, and YET Torres, Public Programs and CAMHLAB Manager.
Location and Accessibility
This event will take place in the Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery. If there are questions or concerns regarding safety or accessibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Artists
Paul Renner (b. 1957, Bregenz, Austria) is a singularly bold artist whose activities span painting, performance art, jubilant social theater, and hyper-adventurous cuisine. He creates ecstatic feasts that present food as sculpture and paintings as mythic backdrops, set within environments that transform the experience of his guest-eaters into art. He has presented major projects at institutions such as Kunsthaus Bregenz and Kunsthalle Wien, as well as at the Leo Koenig Gallery, New York. Renner has also collaborated with several notable figures including Hermann Nitsch, Ferran Adrià, Medlar Lucan, and Durian Gray.
Richard Hoeck (b. 1965, Hall in Tirol, Austria) is a Vienna-based conceptual artist working in installation, sculpture, performance, photography, and video. Hoeck’s work explores worldviews, social conditions, and the possibilities of perception. In recent years, Hoeck has increasingly devoted his attention to the changing relationship between haptics and optics, between body and image. Together with his long-time collaborator John Miller, they use the inherent materiality of mannequins to explore bodies, surfaces, and transformation as displacement grows due to more of our life happening in the digital space. Living in New York City from 1993–1998, Hoeck received the MoMA/PS1 stipend. He has presented numerous exhibitions in both his home country and abroad, at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, (Leipzig, Germany) as winner of the Blinky-Palermo stipend; at Meyer Riegger (Karlsruhe, Germany) as well as at Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK) (Vienna, Austria) among others. Further notable shows include his presentations at the third Istanbul Biennial and the Bienal de São Paulo in 2018. Recent group exhibitions include ERSCHRECKEND AKTUELL / FRIGHTENINGLY TOPICAL at Gabriele Senn Galerie (Vienna, Austria) in 2021, COMEDY at Gabriele Senn Galerie (Vienna, Austria), Richard Hoeck & Rudolf Polanszky at Galerie Johann Widauer (Innsbruck, Austria); and Franz West – ARTISTCLUB at Belvedere 21 (Vienna, Austria). Hoeck is represented by Meliksetian | Briggs in Los Angeles, California.
Image caption: Paul Renner, Die Weihung Der Bar (The Consecration of the Bar) installation view, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, 2011. Image courtesy Phileas.
HOUSTON, SIE HABEN EIN PROBLEM! was produced in collaboration with Phileas – A Fund for Contemporary Art. Exhibition support is provided by the Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria: Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport; and the Vorarlberg Cultural Service.
Additional support is provided by Sherry and Larry Davis, Leigh and Reggie Smith, and Highway Vodka.
Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.