Werner Reiterer

1964 born in Graz
1984-88 Studied graphic arts with Maximillian Melcher, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

1989 Prize of the Mautner-Markhof Foundation at Geist und Form XII, Vienna
1989 Römerquelle Discovery Prize at the Römerquelle Art Competition
Cologne Scholarship of the Forum Stadtpark, Graz
1990 Art Prize of the Province of Styria for Contemporary Visual Art
1992 1st prize, International Biennale, Cairo
1993 New-York Scholarship of the BKA.
1994 Rome Scholarship of the BKA.
1995 Promotion Prize for Fine Arts of the Provincial Capital Graz.
1996 State Scholarship for Fine Arts
Elisabeth Schneider Prize, Freiburg im Breisgau
1997 Working Scholarship of the City of Vienna
1998/99 London Scholarship of the BKA
2002 Art Prize of the City of Graz
2003 Prize of the Province of Upper Austria at the 28th Austrian Graphic Design Competition

The basis of his artistic work is the graphic series "Gezeichneten Ausstellungen" (Drawn Exhibitions), a series of pencil drawings each measuring 70 x 50 cm, which has artistic ideas in the broadest sense as its theme and was created in 1996.
Interventions in public spaces, sculptures, photographs and technically elaborate installations, which usually actively involve the viewer in the work, emerge from this series of drawings, which the artist describes as a kind of "pool of ideas".
But "three-dimensionally unrealisable ideas" also find expression in this block of drawings. Thus, from a design point of view, the drawings adhere to a strictly maintained formalism, which in the three-dimensional works makes use of an almost unlimited variety of materials and techniques. It is not the formal style that is decisive here, but the establishment of a "style of thinking" that primarily pursues the creation of immaterial, sculptural fields.
And because Werner Reiterer's entire artistic approach is very close to the human being, these works can also often speak or breathe, asking the viewer to take certain actions. In short, the works "behave like humans on a character level". Due to the very pronounced interactive level of the works, the human being is not only actively involved in the conception and realisation of the work as a "living, sculptural material", but is also an essential component of the work.
Furthermore, Reiterer also realises and implemented numerous temporary or permanent works in public spaces. He is less interested in making a splash with huge sculptures made durable for outdoor use than in implanting sculptural components that are capable of redefining a space.
Example: "Crash" art project on Leibnitz's main square: In 2013, Werner Reiterer installed a temporary art object as part of the 100th anniversary of the city of Leibnitz. He made a car appear to crash into the Mariensäule (St Mary's Column), which is centrally located on the main square. The action cost 30,000 euros and was ended prematurely after the car fell victim to an arsonist on 17 November.
Reiterer calls this way of dealing with the situation "setting a placebo". The term placebo plays on the one hand with the idea of the medical placebo, which is able to simulate something that does not exist in reality, and on the other hand with the artistic setting of a parameter that creates a "new place" in the viewer's perception.

Basic Room Speed

2010, pencil on paper, 70 x 50 cm

Ohne Titel

2009/2010, loudspeaker, sensor, LED lights, various electronics, light poles, approx. 210 x 292 x 246 cm


Hannover, 2006/11, from the series The Site Specific Mobiles, 87 x 137 cm


1998 State Museum, Schwerin
1999 The Austrian Cultural Institute, London
The Freud Museum, London
2003 Kunsthaus Basel-Land, Basel (with E. Hattan)
2005 Upper Austrian State Museum, Linz
2006 Overbeck Society, Lübeck
Lower Austrian State Museum, St.Pölten
2007 Kunsthaus, Graz
2008 The Speed Art Museum, Louisville/ USA
2009 The Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa/ USA
Belevedere, Vienna
2010 ÖsterreichOut Site, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna
2011 La Biennale de Montréal, Montréal Québec, Canada
2012 Gölles Gallery, Fürstenfeld
Hervé Loevenbruck Gallery, Paris
2013 100 Years of the City of Leibnitz, Art in Public Space, Hauptplatz, Leibnitz
2015 Off the Records, steirischer herbst-ORF Landesstudio Steiermark, Graz
2016 Caution! Objects May Appear Larger in Your Memory!, WUK Kunstzelle, Vienna,
2017 Culture is the highway! Art is the forest road! -Galerie am Stein, Schärding
2019 Draw the Line to Catch the Time, Galerie Ursula Krinzinger, Vienna
Hervé Loevenbruck Gallery, Paris

2003 Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
2004 Kunsthalle Vienna
Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg
Kunsthaus Graz
2005 Swiss Institute, New York
Grey Art Gallery, New York
Tinguely Museum, Basel
La Galerie, Centre d'art contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec/France
Museum for Art and Crafts, Hamburg
Society of Contemporary Art, Bremen
2006 Art Museum, Bochum
Casino Luxembourg, Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne
2007 Villa Manin, Udine
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
2008 Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
Prague Triennial, National Gallery, Prague
2009 Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
Lentos Art Museum, Linz
2010 Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Bourges/ La Box, Bourges
Lower Austrian State Museum, St.Pölten
Gallery in the Taxispalais, Innsbruck
2011 Biennale Montréal, Montréal
OK - Centre/Energie AG, Linz
Biennale Selestat, Selestat