Robert Schaberl

1961 born in Feldbach, Styria, A
1979-85 Art education at the Mozarteum University of Applied Sciences
2007 First prize in the invited competition "Art and Building at the New Chemistry" at the Graz University of Technology, A
1997 State Scholarship for Fine Arts
1984 First prize for originality in the "Sound Machines Competition", Dornbirn, A
2007 Art and Building, design of the glass façade "Neue Chemie" at the Graz University of Technology, A

Painting for painting's sake - Robert Schaberl's central forms.

Seeing is always presence and demands passionate devotion; both of the creator and the viewer. If this is true for colour field painting in general, it is especially true for the constantly changing, newly created spatial sound formations of Robert Schaberl, born in Feldbach, Styria, in 1961. His studies of painting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg were followed in 1985 by a stay in America, where he first came to grips with the pictorial idea that still drives him today. From the mostly black oil paintings of the early 1990s to the colourful monochrome works of the Berlin years, which were also painted in oil, to the shimmering glazes of colour consisting of 60-70 layers of acrylic, to the shiny, rotating colour cosms consisting of interference pigments of recent years, his path is a continuous one. Since it is basically the consistent further development of his pictorial idea, Schaberl calls all these "central forms". His perseverance was rewarded in 1997 with the State Scholarship of the Republic of Austria and in 2007 with winning the Art in Building Competition of the Graz University of Technology and the associated commission for the artistic design of the 3000m2 façade of the new building.

Schaberl's core question is: How do materials and forms interact to create a unique, complete sound? (The second core question is where he finds the best mushrooms, but this belongs to another form of artistic exploration). So, in order to answer this simple, but in the consequence of its consequences unforeseeable question about the perfect sound, he experiments in his Viennese laboratory and creates an immediate painting. And there is no end in sight to this development. For the artist always succeeds in turning the tension screw a little further and seducing us with new sensory impressions, delighting us and keeping us in motion. By using Iriodin colours for some years now, he forces the viewer to move back and forth in front of the paintings, because depending on the position of the sun, the light conditions and the position of the viewer, completely different shades of colour are revealed, which can range from light blue to green to rusty red. Especially in our time of rapid change, it becomes clear how important works of art are that can lead us, plagued by a flood of images, to decelerated seeing and reflected action. With his central forms, the artist gives us the opportunity to discover painted space as an aggregate state that is brought to life by the viewer in the process of seeing. But - and this is what is special and unique about viewing a work by Robert Schaberl - only those who move experience the full richness of the hidden worlds of colour, the pulsation of the glazes and the opening of space to the sound of colour. In the two works shown here, the intense radiant powers of the colours (individually and as a whole), the grandiose explosive power of the spatial effect, but also the enormous fascination that Robert Schaberl's painting exerts on us for the sake of painting.

© Dr. phil. Harald Kraemer, Hong Kong / Basel 2014

ZF aubergine dance with soft green and blue

2-4 2016, acrylic on cotton, 100 x 100 cm

Exhibition view galerie gölles Robert Schaberl

ZF bright blue dance with light green and purple, Acrylic on cotton, each 160 x 160 cm

ZF leaf green dance with soft blue and purple

2-3 2016, acrylic on cotton, 100 x 100 cm



2021 The Columns Gallery, "Central Forms" Singapore SG
2020 The Columns Gallery, Seoul, KOR
2019 Kugelmühle "Mühldorf" , Feldbach A
Leonhard Gallery , Graz, A
2017 The Columns Gallery, "Robert Schaberl" , Seoul, KOR
The Columns Gallery, "Robert Schaberl" Art Busan, Busan , KOR
2016 Kunsthalle Feldbach," Robert Schaberl - Central Forms", Feldbach, A
AAC Palais Breuner, " (De)Zentral" , Vienna, A
2015 Hollenbach Gallery, Stuttgart, D
2014 Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, London, UK
2013 Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, CH
Gallery in the Fritz Winter Studio, Diessen, D
2012 Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, CH
Gallery Lausberg,Toronto, CA
Gallery K, Paris, F
2011 Gallery Hollenbach, Stuttgart, D
2010 Gallery Gölles, Fürstenfeld, A
Villa di Donato, Napoli, I
Gallery allerArt Bludenz, Bludenz , A
2009 Gallery Lausberg, Düsseldorf, D
2007 Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, CH
Gallery Hollenbach, Stuttgart, D
2006 Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, NewYork, USA
Karpio-Facchini Gallery, Miami, USA
Zurich, Gallery Kashya Hildebrand , CH
2005 Gallery Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim, D
Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, CH
2004 Weber Gallery, Wiesbaden, D
Jacob Karpio Galeria, San Jose, Costa Rica
Hollenbach Gallery, Stuttgart, D
New Gallery at the Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz, A
Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, New York, USA
Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Geneve, CH
2002 Gallery H.Curtze, Vienna, A
City Museum Graz, matter of view, A
2001 Silvana Facchini Gallery, Miami, USA
2000 Weber Gallery, Wiesbaden, D
1998 Gallery H.Curtze,Vienna, A
Trinity College -Hartford University, Hartford, USA
Kultur Brauerei, Berlin Festival 98, Berlin, D
Burgtheater - Casino at Schwarzenbergplatz, Vienna, A


2021 Gallery Lin Deletaille, Brusseles B
Gallery Artecont, Vienna A
Gallery Weihergut, Salzburg A
Albertina Museum, "Wonderland", Vienna A
2020 Gerberhaus Fehring, "Steirische Breite III", Fehring, A
Gallery Artemons Contemporary " Single Pieces " Vienna , A
2019 Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, A
2018 Jacob Karpio Galeria, Bogota, COL
Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, A
2017 Lentos Museum Linz, "STERNE- Kosmische Kunst von 1900 bis heute" Linz, A
Gallery Deletaille, "The Evolution of Pigments", Brussels, BEL
2016 Museum Liaunig, " Augen-Blicke -Neuerwerbungen " ,Neuhaus, A
"UNICH" Con - and Temporary Art Space , Munich , D
Gallery Gölles, "Alfred Haberpointner - Robert Schaberl" Fürstenfeld, A
Gallery Hollenbach, "Lichtbild", Stuttgart, D
Gallery at Fritz Winter Studio, "DON'T TRUST YOUR EYES!", Diessen, D
"OFF IS" Temporary Art Space
Gallery Gölles, "an original from ....IV", Fürstenfeld, A
Hollenbach Gallery, "Works on Paper", Stuttgart, D
2015 Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, London, UK
Hollenbach Gallery, Stuttgart, D
Gölles Gallery, Fürstenfeld, A
Frederick R Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, USA
Loft 8, with Andras Gal, Vienna, A
2014 Kunsthalle Feldbach, Feldbach, A
2013 Lausberg Gallery, Düsseldorf, D
Villa Donato, Napoli, I
2012 Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, A
Vasarely Museum, Budapest, H
2011 Lausberg Gallery, Toronto, CA
2010 Villa Rot, Burgrieden, D
Gallery Lausberg,Toronto, CA
2009 Gallery Lausberg,Toronto, CA
Gallery Lausberg, Düsseldorf, D
Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, CH
2008 New Gallery at the Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, A
Karlskirche, Vienna, A, Gallery Eugen Lendl, Graz, A
Galeria Karpio, San José, Costa Rica
2007 Gallery Eugen Lendl, Graz, A
2006 Karpio+Facchini Gallery, Miami, USA,
Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, CH
Hollenbach Gallery, Stuttgart, D
Lausberg Gallery, Düsseldorf, D
Museum for Contemporary Art, Admont Abbey, Styria, A
Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Gstaad, CH
2005 Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, A
Museum for Contemporary Art, Admont, A
Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, NewYork, USA
Hollenbach Gallery, Stuttgart, D
Kashya Hildebrand Gallery,Geneva,CH
Museum of Modern Art Carinthia, Klagenfurt, A
2004 Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Geneva, CH
Bernhard Knaus Gallery, Mannheim, D
Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, NewYork, USA
Frederick R.Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Malibu, USA
Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, NewYork,USA
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA
2003 Silvana Facchini Gallery, Miami, USA
Gallery Heike Curtze, Salzburg, A
Hollenbach Gallery, Stuttgart, D
Jacob Karpio Galeria, San Jose, Costa Rica
2002 Silvana Facchini Gallery, Miami, USA
Lendl Gallery, Graz, A
Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, D
Hollenbach Gallery, Stuttgart, D
Gallery Heike Curtze, Salzburg, A
2001 Museum on Call, Vienna, A
New Gallery at the Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, A
2000 Gallery Hollenbach, Stuttgart, D
Gallery Heike Curtze, Salzburg, A