Markus Schinwald

Markus Schinwald

In his interdisciplinary work, encompassing video, performance, dance, theatre, painting, photography, installation, and even puppetry, Markus Schinwald creates mysterious and unsettling atmospheres that hint at their Viennese production context, through references to austere Biedermeier style or to psychoanalysis.

His seminal studies in fashion left him with a wide interest in clothing and, furthermore, in the human body’s potential and limitations in both physical and psychological senses. Therefore, his works concentrate on processes of manipulation and alteration of bodies and their surroundings, echoing the transformative potential of cultural construct.

He declares himself a “builder of prostheses for undefined cases,” and alters 19th-Century portraits, for instance, by painting improbable apparatus on the characters’ faces and bodies, such as little bandages, splinters or wires that seem to tie the limbs of their owners together.

Markus Schinwald has also developed a series of manipulated pieces of furniture, often using Biedermeier table or chair legs, characteristic of a 19th-Century style valued by the growing middle-class. He saws them off and rearranges them in uncanny ways that often bring out their anthropomorphic qualities. The Sacks series features such legs tied up in canvas bags, attached to the wall. The half-hidden wooden parts stretch the fabric, thus creating weird and allusive forms. Although the enveloping fabric is reminiscent of the white cloth that is used to cover and protect furniture in inhabited houses, one can easily see the sexual allusion to both male, or female genitals in Untitled (Sacks # 2) .

Solo exhibitions


Markus Schinwald. Misfits, Fondazione Coppola, Vicenza, Italia


New Works, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Markus Schinwald: Children’s Crusade, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malága, Malaga, Spain

Markus Schinwald, Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan, Italy



New Works, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Markus Schinwald, Magasin III, Stockholm, Sweden



Markus Schinwald, CCA Wattis Institute for contemporary arts, San Franscisco, California, USA

Il dissoluto punito, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

Markus Schinwald, M museum Leuven, Leuven, Belgium



CAPC, Bordeaux, France

Ouverture, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France



Gallery Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

Animal Works, Sala Verónicas, La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia, Spain

Gallery Gió Marconi, Milano, Italy



Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria

Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany

54th Venice Biennale, Austrian Pavilion, Venice, Italy



Yvon Lambert, New York, NY, USA



Vanishing Lessons, Kunsthaus, Bregenz, Germany

Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria

Pocket History, Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary



Migros Museum, Zürich, Swizterland

Galleria Giò Marconi, Milano, Italy

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria



Augarten Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

Centre d’édition contemporaine, Genf, Germany

Center for contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece



Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, USA

MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Museo di Palazzo Poggi, Bologna, Italy

Argos, Brussel, Belgium

CAC Brétigny, Brétigny, France



Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster, Germany

Gallery Gio Marconi, Milano, Italy



Tableau twain, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

dictio pii, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany



Ceaseless blur, TAV Gallery, Taipei, Japan

Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria



…seconds, Kunstverein GoldeggGoldeggGermany



Dictio pii, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Warp, Tanzquartier, Vienna, Austria



Oxygen, flipping through Kiesler, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, California, USA



Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany

Galerie Karin Günther, Hamburg, Germany

GAP, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

Stage, Museum in Progress, Vienna, Austria

Group exhibitions


Unprecedented Times, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria


Etrange ! (variations en vrac), Chasse-Spleen Centre d’art, Moulis-en-Médoc, France

Exclusivement contemporain, Cabinet d’arts graphiques, MAH, Genève, Suisse

Mask in Present-day Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland 


Les nouvelles frontières de la peinture, Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italie

Der flexible Plan, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Now, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, England

From the Inside to the Outside, Galerie Crone, Vienna, Austria

Charity, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Katz, Salzburg, Austria


LOST_INN staging grief, Brut Wien, Vienna, Austria

Ways of Seeing, ARTER - Space of Art, Instanbul, Turkey (travelled to Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium; NYU Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Die andere Seite - Erzählungen aus dem Unbewussten, Wilhelmhackmuseum, Ludwighafen am Rhein

Intériorisés, LABANQUE, Bethune, France

Never Ending Stories, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

Specular Windows: Reflections on the Self and the Wider World, Lower Belveder, Vienna, Austria

Collection on display: Rules, Migros Museum Für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland

The Arcades: Contemporary Art & Walter Benjamin, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

White Cube - Black Box, Bank Austria KunstForum, Vienna, Austria


Spirit of Austria, KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany 

Curated by (?), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy


This is not a joke, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

Thoughts that Breathe, Fondation Hyppocrène, Paris, France


La disparition des lucioles, Prison Sainte-Anne, Avignon, France

The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Stanze / Rooms, Collectors room, Berlin, Germany

IK 00 The spaces of confinement, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy



The Souls, Doppelgänger 2/3, Centre Européen d’Actions Artistiques Contemporaines, Strasbourg, France

Weather Report – Kunst und Klimakatastrophe, Landesgalerie Linz, Linz, Ausria

Dés-Orienté(s), ISELP, centre d’art contemporain, Brussels, Belgium

Die Sammlung #2, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria

Theatre of the World, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Australia

The Souls, a Twice-Told Tale, Centre Européen d’Actions Artistiques ContemporainesStrasbourg, France



Slg. Wilhelm Otto Nachf., Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany

Alpenrepublik, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Die Sammlung / The Collection, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria

Fremde Überall – Foreigners Everywhere, Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Pomeranz Collection, Jüdisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria

Future Perfect, Galerie du Jour agnès b, Paris, France

Stigmates, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France

Beyond Time, Inernational Video Art Today, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

KonterFrei, zum Porträt heute, General Public, Berlin, Germany

The New Dimension: Constructed, Satdtgalerie Lehen, Salzburg, Austria

Utopie Gesamtkunstwerk, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria



Hauntings – Ghost Box Media Heimliche und unheimliche Präsenz in Medien, Kunst und Pop, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, Austria

Un’espressione geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

WELTTHEATER. Die Sammlung migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein

Geheimgesellschaften / secret societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany ; traveling to CAPC, Bordeaux, France

Le Surréalisme, c’est moi! Hommage an Salvador Dalí, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

Prague Quadrennial, Czech Republic

Von Engeln & Bengeln. 400 Jahre Kinder im Porträt, Kunsthalle Krems, Germany

Zeit zu handeln!, Collection – migros museum für gegenwartskunst Zürich, Kunsthalle Krems, Germany

Things are queer, Highlights aus der Sammlung Uni Credit. MARTa Herford, Germany



International 10 Touched, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

Hyper Real, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria

Memories of the future, Sean Kelly Gallery New York, NY, USA

Body/Space Mechanics, De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Scene Shifts, Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, Sweden

Raum.inhalt (2) – noli me tangere, im Tal Stiftung Wortelkamp, Hasselbach, Germany

“Haus für die Kunst” HasselbachGermany

Wystawa, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej Warschau, Warsaw, Poland

Collection – migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland

Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Napoli, Italy

Che cosa sono le nuvole? Artworks from the Enea Righi Collection, MUSEION of modern and contemporary art, Bolzano, Italy

Konstellationen. Sammeln für ein neues Jahrhundert, MUMOK, ViennaAustria

Sammlung Rheingold, Stiftung Schloss Dyck, Jüchen, Germany

Chapter Five: THRILLER, About change Collection Christiane zu Sam in Berlin, Germany

Design by performance, Hasselt, Belgium

Remote Viewing, The Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain

Psychoanalysis Gazes on Photo and Video Art from Austria, Austria

Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Japan

Contemporary Art Musuem Kumamoto/Kyushu, Japan

Extraits de Printemps: La part des ombres, Musée Henri-Martin, Cahors, France



Videorama, Austrian art clips, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

Schönheit des Hässlichen, Forum Frohner, Krems, Germany

Locus Solus, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild das Portrait im Wandel der Zeit, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Germany

Choral Visual, Palacio Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Höhepunkte der Kölner Kunstfilmbiennale in Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Best of Austria, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

Subversive Spaces Surrealism and Contemporary Art, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Compton Verney, Warwickshire; Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK

Intervenciones Foro Sur 2009, Museo de Caceres, Spain

Le Sang d’un Poète. Saint-Nazaire biennale Hangar à bananes, Nantes, France

Shifting Identities, CAC Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

Attitudes, Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France

Faces and Gazes, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland



Archeology Of Mind, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden. Travelled to Kuntsi, Modernin taiteen museo, Vaasa, Finland

System Mensch, MdM – Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

Held together with water, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey

Kunstpreis des Landes Salzburg, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria

Western Motel. Edward Hopper and Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria

Archeology of Mind, Fundazione Morra Greco, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden

DRESSing the MESSAGE. Transformationen von Kunst und Mode, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

Platform Seoul, Seoul, South Korea

Legend, Domaine Départemental de chamarande, France

The world as a stage, ICA, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Matrix, MUSA – Museum auf Abruf, Vienna, Austria

gravità, Coleccion Ernesto Esposito, Artrium Centro Mueso Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo, Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain

shifing identities, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

True romance, Kunsthalle Kiel & Museum Villa Stuck München, Munich, Germany



The world as a stage, Tate Modern, London, UK

Novella ( Not yet another story), Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany

Talking Pictures, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordheim-Westfallen, Düsseldorf, Germany

True romance, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

The enforced dress, Kunstraum Noe, Vienna, Austria

Foto.Kunst, Zeitgenössische Fotografie aus der Sammlung Essl, Essel Museum, Vienna, Austria

Held together with Water – Sammlung Verbund, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria

Cross Border, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Manipulance, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

RAW, Among a Ruins, Marres Maastricht, The Netherlands

Paul Klee – Überall Theater. Spektakel und Situation, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Germany

Knappernes Krig, Arhus Kunstbygning Center for Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Danemark

Timer 01, Triennale Milano, Italy

An Interpersonal Journey, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey

Hard Rock Walzer, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Venice, Italy

Our Magic Hour, ARARIO Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

21 Positions, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA

My Favourite Things, Voges + Partner, Gallery for Contemporary Art, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

e-flux VIDEO RENTAL, Centre culturel suisse de Paris, Paris, France

Depiction, Perversion, Repulsion, Obsession, Subversion, International Filmfestival Rotterdam, Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands



Don Quixote, Witte de With, RotterdamThe Netherlands

William Kentridge, Catherine Sullivan, Markus Schinwald, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany

Sigmund Freud in den Kunstwerken, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Manipulations, On Economies of Deceit, LAZNIA – Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland

Blind Date, Museum Modernere Kunst, Passau, Germany

Personal Affaire, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Krieg der Knoepfe, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany

Simultan, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Germany

Le Printemps de Septembre, Les Abattoirs – Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France

Reflection & distraction, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria

Kontracom 06, Öffentlicher Raum, Salzburg, Austria

Filmen, Castel Sant`Elmo, Naples, Italy

Grand Spectacle II, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

Biennale Cuvee, Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria

IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Egomania, Galleria Civica di Moderna, Italy

Kunst fürs 20er Haus, Belvedere Wien, Vienna, Austria

Berlin Biennal III, Berlin, Germany

Bühne des Lebens, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

Protections, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria

A reverie interrupted by the police, Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome, Italy

Trial Ballons, MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla, Leon, Spain

Kosmopolis 2006, International Festival of Literatur, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain

Ghosts of self and state, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield East, Australia

War is over, Galleria d´Arte Moderna, Bergamo, Italy

Videozone 3, International Video Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel



I still believe in miracles  II, Musée d’Art moderne, ParisFrance

Boettcher Preis, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany

‘3, CGAC  Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Prag Biennial, Prague, Czech Republic

Baltic Triennial, Lithuania

T1 Torino Triennial, Italy

Simultan, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Panopticon  and  more…, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Das Neue II, Museum Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

The red thread, Howard House Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA

Nach Rokytník, die Sammlung der EVN, MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung, Vienna, Austria

In den Wäldern, Kunsthalle Mürz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria

Matthew Buckingham, Markus Schinwald, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Galerie Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany

Lebt und arbeitet in Wien II, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

Slices of Life, ACF, New York, NY, USA

Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2005, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Threshold, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

Neue  Freunde, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Palais Enzenberg, Tirol, Austria



Manifesta 5, San Sebastian, Spain

Lodz Biennial, Lodz, Poland

3′ condensed information, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

Ulysses, Museum Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

One in a million, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY, USA



Bewitched,Bothered and Bewildered, Migros Museum, Zürich, Switzerland

LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland

How big is the world, Museum of fine Arts, Kaohsiung, China

In Passing, Pavlov House, Volgograd, Russia

The air is blue, Barragán Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

Love/Hate, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany

Utopia Station, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Haus der Kunst, München, Munich, Germany

Adorno, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

Horror der Kunst, Kunstverein Graz, Graz, Austria

Re-Produktion 2, Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria

Videodrome, Cosmic Gallery, Paris, France

re:local, Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen, Germany



Animation: Videos, Centre d’édition contemporaine, Genève, Switzerland

waiting for the ice age, Gallery Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria

Dialogs, O.K. Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria



Untragbar, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany

Archeology of Desire, Sophia, Bukarest, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Tirana Biennial, Tirana, Albany



At your Service, Gasser & Grunert Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Exit, Chissenhalle Gallery, London, UK

Die neue Künstlergeneration, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Germany

That’s art, Museum Nordico, Linz, Austria



Drive in, Litfastrasse, Vienna, Austria

Destination is wherever it arrives, Salon 3, London, UK

Projektwerkstatt, O.K. Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria

Expanded design, Kunstverein Salzburg, Austria



Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany

fast forward, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Junge Szene, Secession, Vienna, Austria

Liquid Beauty, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany

imitating… , Galerie Wiensowski&Harbord, Berlin, Germany

Contemporary. Self. Portrait., Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Leisz, Schinwald, Heger/Dejanov, Kunstverein Graz, Graz, Austria



Time out, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

Sonic Tonic, Läufer, Linz, Austria

Inner Space, Galerie 5020, Salzburg, Austria

Warming up, Ballgasse, Vienna, Austria

Falling and suspension, Galerie A4, Wels, Austria




Public and private collections


MUMOK –Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna

Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

Museum Belvedere, Vienna

Neue Galerie Graz

Wien Museum

Kunsthaus Bregenz

Lentos kunstmuseum Linz



Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris

Musée d’Art moderne, Paris



MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León



Kunsthaus Zürich

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich


United Kingdom

Tate Modern, London