Herbert Brandl

Born 1959 in Graz

Studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with Herbert Tasquil and Peter Weibel. From 2004 to 2019 Herbert Brandl held a professorship at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Herbert Brandl. Koralm Killaz

Herbert Brandl found his way to the technique of monotype because, according to his own statements, he always had a problem with the large editions of prints and the monotype had the advantage of a one-time reprint from plate to paper. Monotype is a technique in which a glass plate is painted or marked and printed on paper while the colours are still wet. As a technique, it is ideal for the artist's painterly intentions, as it allows him to work in a similarly dynamic way to painting. "It is a pulsating process between the application and the wiping away of paint. In the process, light and space, horizons, mountains and knives, scenic structures emerge. The process-like application of paint in a flow is based on experiences in painting."
Meanwhile, Brandl works with a special oil paint on two acrylic plates that are not cleaned after the printing process, but draw the representation of the pre-print as a shadow into the next picture. Through this phantom print, each sheet is in a sense directly related to the previous one. But it is not only the shadows of the past that have to be taken into account, but also the reprint itself, in which the image is reproduced laterally reversed and the top layer of ink on the plate is the bottom layer on the paper. Each sheet is thus a complex composition of light and shadow, trace and memory, impression and imprint, and thus landscape and abstraction.

Text excerpt Roman Grabner, 2013


2016, oil on canvas, 150 x 300 cm

Exhibition view galerie gölles Herbert Brandl

Koralm Killas series


2012, monotype, oil paint on Lana handmade paper 640 g/m², 130 x 236 cm


Museum exhibitions (selection)
- 1985 - Biennale de Paris, Paris
- 1986 - Hacking in the Ice, Museum of the 20th Century, Vienna; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
- 1992 - documenta IX, Kassel
- 1993 - The Broken Mirror. Positions on Painting, Kunsthalle Vienna; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
- 2002 - Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Museum for Contemporary Art, Basel
- 2004 - NEUE WILDE - A Development, Essl Museum - Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
- 2006 - Austria: 1900-2000. Confrontations and Continuities, Essl Museum - Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
- 2007 - Biennale di Venezia, Austrian Pavilion, Venice
- 2007 - Passion for Art, Essl Museum - Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
- 2008 - COMPLEX. Austrian Contemporary Art from the Essl Collection, Essl Museum - Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
- 2008 - Masterpieces of the Essl Collection, Essl Museum - Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
- 2009 - Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
- 2010 - Mountains and Landscapes, Albertina, Vienna
- 2010 - Paintings and works on paper, Galerie Noah, Augsburg
- 2010 - CORSO. Works from the Essl Collection in Dialogue, Essl Museum - Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
- 2012 - Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna
- 2012 - Emden Art Gallery
- 2012 - Altana Cultural Foundation, Bad Homburg
- 2012 - Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
- 2015 - Homelandjoe and the holy Bauernmonos, Greith-Haus, St. Ulrich i. Gr./Styria
- 2017 - Museum Franz Gertsch "Hyena Pause
- 2017 - Palace Milesi and Art Gallery Kula in Split - "Super Weather, Dobar Dan"
- 2020 - Kunsthaus Graz "Morning
- 2020 - Künstlerhaus Graz "24/7