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Svenja Deininger

19–31 August 2019

Svenja Deininger, echo of a mirror fragment
Echo of a mirror fragment, Secession, 2017, installation view, courtesy Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, photo: Markus Wörgötter


Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (teacher also speaks German)

What to bring
Favourite tools and materials for working in your preferred medium (drawing, painting), portfolio/data files or images of previous works, laptop if available. Generally, students should bring the materials they are familiar with in their practice.

Welcome are all artistic methods of creating a painting and we will not draw distinctions between abstract and figurative approaches.

Maximum number of participants

Manuel Gorkiewicz

Participation fee
€ 700.– (€ 540.–)

The focal point of this class will be reflection on one’s own painterly decisions. The artistic take in this class would be a process of thinking, acting, watching and reacting. On the way, we will talk about priming, the quality of different colours and paint. We will also discuss pivotal points in the development of a composition, and the question of when to stop working on a piece.

Thinking and reflecting on the practice of exhibiting will be an important element towards the last segment of the class, since we want to set up a little show of student works. Each participant will have the chance of presenting two paintings that would either support each other or have a relation in their polarity.

These two works can be abstract as well as figurative they could support or describe an atmosphere, a certain rhythm
they can be two words in one sentence
they can be like the beginning or end of a song
they can be even two visual descriptions of the same sound
they can show two different parts of one body
they can be one thought in the morning and one in the evening
they can include the wish to transport a certain smell
they can be complete or incomplete
they can be of similar scales or also of completely different ones

Another option would be that there will be only one work on view which is related to an already existing work from another artist you admire (or even not).

Svenja Deininger, born in Vienna in 1974, lives and works in Vienna, Milan (IT) and Berlin. Graduated in 2003 at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (DE), (Prof. Albert Oehlen).

Suspended in a hybrid space somewhere between the abstract and the figurative, Svenja Deininger’s works combine various elements of a visual approach that includes the memories of objects and formal intuitions. (…) Her canvases become a synthesis of tactile possibilities and architectural references, demonstrating how abstract and apparently non-figurative painting need not abandon the elaboration of reality but can be the result of an intense contemplation and representation of its data. (see Luigi Fassi, 2017)

Solo exhibitions
2018 Crescendo, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (US). 2017 Echo of a Mirror Fragment, Vienna Secession, Vienna. Second Chances First Impressions, Norton Museum, Palm Beach, FL (US). Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna. Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE (US). Second Sentence, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Milan.

Group exhibitions
2019 Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (CH). 2018 Surface Work, Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Borderline Relation, Eastward Prospectus, Bucharest. Testbild, Neues Museum, Nürnberg (DE). 2017 Abstract Painting Now!, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems (AT). Other Spaces. Collected #7, Kunstforum, Vienna.

Svenja Deininger: Echo of a Mirror Fragment, Artist Book/Catalogue Secession, Revolver Verlag, Vienna/Berlin 2017.
Svenja Deininger: Second Chances First Impressions, exh. cat., Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach 2017.
Stephanie Buhmann: Berlin Studio Conversations. Twenty Women Talk About Art, The Green Box, Berlin 2017.

Svenja Deininger