Petra, Anton and Simon Gölles cordially invite you to the vernissage!


OPENING on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 5.00 pm

Introduction by Roman Grabner, director of the Bruseum Graz


EXHIBITION until April 13, 2024, Mon – Sat 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sun by appointment 0664 2645975





Life still goes on


1953 born in Schiefer, Styria
1972-79 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Josef Kern’s works defy easy reading and superficial categorization. The strange-looking figures in the reliefs, which Kern carves in lime wood and paints in chalk, are as multi-layered as the artist’s oeuvre as a whole.

Josef Kern’s oeuvre is characterized by repeated thematic and formal breaks, but the figurative orientation runs consistently and obsessively through all phases. Josef Kern is interested in the living, the changing – contemporary references are present in the refreshing art of fabulation in his current paintings.



Museum exhibitions

at the Belvedere Vienna, DOK NÖ St. Pölten, Museum Liaunig Neuhaus, Kunsthalle Vienna, Kunsthaus Mürz Mürzzuschlag, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Leopold Museum Vienna, Musèe d’ Art Contemporain Lyon, MUMOK Vienna, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, Rupertinum Salzburg, Salford Museum, Manchester, Museion Bozen, Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade






1974 born in Vienna
1992 Studied at the University of Applied Arts (Mkl. Terzic), Vienna
1995 Studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin/Weißensee
1997 Diploma at the University of the Arts (Mkl. Attersee), Vienna
2011 – 2013 Teaching position at the Mozarteum, Salzburg (textiles)


In her work, which can be classified as Concept Art, the artist deals with the theme of camouflage and deception in a variety of ways. In Sengl’s works, questions of identity, pastiche and masquerade are also transferred to the animal kingdom, while at the same time the whole complex of “victim versus perpetrator” is examined.


Museum exhibitions

Austrian Cultural Forum, Bratislava, Museum of Modern Art Carinthia, Klagenfurt, Schlossmuseum Linz, Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Bildraum Bodensse, Bregenz, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels, Landesgalerie Niederösterreich, Krems, Museum Brot und Kunst, Ulm, MOCAK, Krakow, MAK, Vienna, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg , NCCA Kaliningrad, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Stiftung Schloss Moyland, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Freiraum Quartier 21, MQ, Vienna, Forum Kunst Frohner, Krems, Kunstforum Montafon, FORUM KUNST Millstatt, Landesgalerie Linz, Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg, MUSA, Vienna, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Landesmuseum Niederösterreich, St. Pölten, Museum
Landesgalerie Burgenland, Eisenstadt, Lentos Museum, Linz, Admont Abbey, Siga Siga, CAMP!, Athens


Josef Kern

Hain I, 2012, carved lime wood, chalk, 100 x 70 x 8 cm

Deborah Sengl

Fragments, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180 cm