Josef Strau

Josef StrauInstallation viewHypostasicisms, Layr Singerstraße, Vienna, 2023

Josef Strau
Installation view
Hypostasicisms, Layr Singerstraße, Vienna, 2023

Josef StrauRedemptive Line, 2023Sulfur, tin, pencil, acrylic, stone magnets on linen120 × 100 × 6 cm

Josef Strau
Redemptive Line, 2023
Sulfur, tin, pencil, acrylic, stone magnets on linen
120 × 100 × 6 cm

Josef StrauHypostasis 1, 2023Poster, acrylic, stone magnets59,5 × 41,5 × 3 cm

Josef Strau
Hypostasis 1, 2023
Poster, acrylic, stone magnets
59,5 × 41,5 × 3 cm

Josef StrauPlotinus Waves, 2023Sulfur, tin, pencil, acrylic, stone magnets on linen60 × 50 × 6 cm

Josef Strau
Plotinus Waves, 2023
Sulfur, tin, pencil, acrylic, stone magnets on linen
60 × 50 × 6 cm

The aim of this one-time experiment called „Hypostasicisms“ was to emerge into the so called Neoplatonic metaphysics, to very practically concentrate on the possible applications of their most idealistic discourses as on the understanding of the forces of the universes with their distinct spheres, in between spiritual movements, gravitations and attractions, the separations of times and the different worlds in general and in the particulars on observing the sphere of the here and now during the moments of creation in the production of the works exhibited. Zooming down these Neoplatonic inspirations and models, down to the everyday practice of the artists temporal studio situation in the extensive dimensions of the Viennese Ringstraßen areas building. Possibly or actually finding a new philosophical Sachlichkeit in the most metaphysical methods.

The production was also an attempt to re-appropriate earlier production procedures and repeat their exercises, by hopefully rectifying them. Like the performing space of the lamps, building a temple model, the postertext for the angel, mimicking and retouching childhood art historical objects, such as Doré's Jacob's encounter with the Angel, the internal and the sea monster, or the unexplainable attraction to useless poster folding. Drawings of the yellow light, burning soft metal, and coating it on found trash like bonbon chocolate box trays. The dark power of magnetism, gazing at the Porphyrian tree of life, collecting stones without knowing their names, confusing the canvases with a ballpoint pen, mimicking writing, obsessive paper folding, etc. But now, all these exercises, often kept unexhibited before, connect and suddenly make sense by observing Plotinus and his paradoxical drifts of thoughts. Like the phenomenon of feeling to be observed during moments of Hypostasis while connecting the separated materials.

Creating a limited time of exercise, often very basic and exclusively chemical. For instance, mostly in the burning and extinguishing of fire of metals like tin or lead, or the sulfuring connecting them to the canvases or the found objects from trash just through fire exclusively without glue, or by magnetizing the objects and connecting them only with particular stones. But always in dedication to the advice of Plotinus. The phenomenon, for instance, that while elaborating the most simple material experiments, in the very present moments, the vast thoughts might descend into them through inspiration, as if performing the universe's central force of Hypostasis, as Plotinus teaches to experience the descent of the inspirations into the sphere of simple material movements into the Hypostasis container.

Plotinus' pleasure surely lies in the attraction to the not-so-clear, the attraction of not really understanding, as he praises regarding another philosopher, "but he seems to teach by metaphor, not concerning himself about making a doctrine clear to us, probably with the idea that it is for us to seek within ourselves as he sought for himself and found."

It is better to choose something that cannot clearly be understood, and that "it is weariness to keep toiling at the same things and always beginning again," invoking the great spirit of not understanding, at least during the time while approaching or even entering some new field.

The attraction of the things and the thoughts that are not so easy to discover, as we find inconsistencies, but still those works appear to be more attractive than the very consistent ones, getting much more light from them. Maybe such pleasures and attraction derive from a deep sense of the pleasures of the liberation from the intellectual imprisonments, for instance, of the consistent and the clarified.

In permanent respect to the advice of Plotinian philosophy (Plotinos, c. 204 - 270 CE), although reappropriating them in very freewheeling modes of interpretation and pseudo-Plotinic text, that in order to emanate a thought into the material sphere, one might better use materials not only without such thought but by actually negating it. Bringing oneself into a situation of self-refusal to become an instrument of such thought and having faith that such thought will emanate by its own power.

Saying how to become hypostatic as a cultural producer who is willing to withdraw from all prefigured assumptions, not out of nihilistic desire (although including it at times) but to emanate thought in general, or in metaphysical ways even, and by the way revealing the reason why sometimes using stupid things can be higher and intellectually more demanding than any translating production attitudes.

Interestingly, the greatest or, as many say, the most influential philosopher, Plotinus himself, did not care to be understood.

Text by Josef Strau

Josef StrauInstallation viewHypostasicisms, Layr Singerstraße, Vienna, 2023

Josef Strau
Installation view
Hypostasicisms, Layr Singerstraße, Vienna, 2023

Josef StrauMagnetic line, 202312 stone magnetsvariable dimensions

Josef Strau
Magnetic line, 2023
12 stone magnets
variable dimensions

Josef StrauSpheres Flower, 2023Sulfur, tin, pencil, acrylic, stone magnets on linen50 × 40 × 6 cm

Josef Strau
Spheres Flower, 2023
Sulfur, tin, pencil, acrylic, stone magnets on linen
50 × 40 × 6 cm

Josef StrauHow Time Goes, 2023Sulfur, tin, pencil, acrylic, stone magnets on linen30 × 40 × 6 cm

Josef Strau
How Time Goes, 2023
Sulfur, tin, pencil, acrylic, stone magnets on linen
30 × 40 × 6 cm

Josef StrauInstallation viewHypostasicisms, Layr Singerstraße, Vienna, 2023

Josef Strau
Installation view
Hypostasicisms, Layr Singerstraße, Vienna, 2023

Josef StrauHypostasis poster on temple model side table, 2023mixed materials126 × 82 × 75 cm

Josef Strau
Hypostasis poster on temple model side table, 2023
mixed materials
126 × 82 × 75 cm

Josef StrauSomeric Hypostasis side table lamp, 2023mixed materials130 × 70 × 60 cm

Josef Strau
Someric Hypostasis side table lamp, 2023
mixed materials
130 × 70 × 60 cm

Josef StrauTemple Side Table Lamp, 2023mixed materials, lamp, table, 2 parts180 x 40 x 40 cm, 92 x 96 x 70 cm

Josef Strau
Temple Side Table Lamp, 2023
mixed materials, lamp, table, 2 parts
180 × 40 × 40 cm, 92 × 96 × 70 cm

Josef StrauStaircase temple side table lamp, 2023mixed materials97 x 90 x 128 cm

Josef Strau
Staircase temple side table lamp, 2023
mixed materials
97 × 90 × 128 cm

Josef StrauBabel Tower Alteration, 2023poster, tin, magnet stone, tape41 × 44 × 2 cm

Josef Strau
Babel Tower Alteration, 2023
poster, tin, magnet stone, tape
41 × 44 × 2 cm

 

Selected works and exhibitions

 
Josef StrauThe 13 Hour Cymbal Spiderclock That Exhales the Dreams, 2020iron (derusted and polished) and laquerdimensions variableCourtesy Josef Strau & Galerie Buchholz Berlin/Cologne/New York

Josef Strau
The 13 Hour Cymbal Spiderclock That Exhales the Dreams, 2020
iron (derusted and polished) and laquer
dimensions variable
Courtesy Josef Strau & Galerie Buchholz Berlin/Cologne/New York

Josef StrauAngel Installation viewThe Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Angel
Installation view
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauAngel Installation viewThe Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Angel
Installation view
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauAngel Installation viewThe Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Angel
Installation view
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauAngel Installation viewThe Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Angel
Installation view
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauAngel Installation viewThe Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Angel
Installation view
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauAngel Installation viewThe Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Angel
Installation view
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Installation view
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Installation view
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauInstallation view,Tears and New Tears, Greene Naftali, New York, 2018Courtesy Josef Strau & Greene Naftali, New York

Josef Strau
Installation view,
Tears and New Tears, Greene Naftali, New York, 2018
Courtesy Josef Strau & Greene Naftali, New York

Josef StrauInstallation view,Tears and New Tears, Greene Naftali, New York, 2018Courtesy Josef Strau & Greene Naftali, New York

Josef Strau
Installation view,
Tears and New Tears, Greene Naftali, New York, 2018
Courtesy Josef Strau & Greene Naftali, New York

Josef StrauInstallation viewHow to be an Angel Painter, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, 2019Courtesy Josef Strau & Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

Josef Strau
Installation view
How to be an Angel Painter, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, 2019
Courtesy Josef Strau & Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

Josef StrauAngel's Alphabet G, 2019Pencil, ballpoint pen, marker, brass, tin and nails on wood panel101.6 x 81.3 cmCourtesy Josef Strau & Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

Josef Strau
Angel's Alphabet G, 2019
Pencil, ballpoint pen, marker, brass, tin and nails on wood panel
101.6 × 81.3 cm
Courtesy Josef Strau & Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

Josef StrauInstallation viewInvitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef Strau
Installation view
Invitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017
Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef StrauInstallation viewInvitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef Strau
Installation view
Invitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017
Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef StrauInstallation viewInvitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef Strau
Installation view
Invitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017
Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef StrauInstallation viewInvitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef Strau
Installation view
Invitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017
Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef StrauInstallation viewInvitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef Strau
Installation view
Invitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2017
Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Josef StrauInstallation viewLoyalties, House of Gaga, Mexico-City, 2016Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Installation view
Loyalties, House of Gaga, Mexico-City, 2016
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauInstallation viewLoyalties, House of Gaga, Mexico-City, 2016Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Installation view
Loyalties, House of Gaga, Mexico-City, 2016
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauInstallation viewLoyalties, House of Gaga, Mexico-City, 2016Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef Strau
Installation view
Loyalties, House of Gaga, Mexico-City, 2016
Courtesy Josef Strau & Gaga Guadalajara/Los Angeles

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015
Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015
Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015
Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015
Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna, 2015
Photo: Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef Strau
Installation view
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014
© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef Strau
Installation view
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014
© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef Strau
Installation view
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014
© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef Strau
Installation view
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014
© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef Strau
Installation view
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014
© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef Strau
Installation view
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014
© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef Strau
Installation view
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014
© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef StrauInstallation viewThe New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef Strau
Installation view
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2014
© Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photographer: Tom Van Eynde

Josef StrauInstallation viewExcercises ab initio..., Greene Naftali, New York, 2012Courtesy Josef Strau & Greene Naftali, New York

Josef Strau
Installation view
Excercises ab initio..., Greene Naftali, New York, 2012
Courtesy Josef Strau & Greene Naftali, New York

Josef StrauInstallation viewExcercises ab initio..., Greene Naftali, New York, 2012Courtesy Josef Strau & Greene Naftali, New York

Josef Strau
Installation view
Excercises ab initio..., Greene Naftali, New York, 2012
Courtesy Josef Strau & Greene Naftali, New York

Josef StrauInstallation viewLight from Light, MAAP, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and Shanghai Library, Shanghai, 2010

Josef Strau
Installation view
Light from Light, MAAP, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and Shanghai Library, Shanghai, 2010

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008
Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008
Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008
Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008
Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008
Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008
Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef StrauInstallation viewA Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008Photo: Helene Toresdotter

Josef Strau
Installation view
A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 2008
Photo: Helene Toresdotter

 

Selected posters from different exhibitions

 

Josef Strau

*1957 Vienna
lives and works in Vienna

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2023

    Hypostasicisms, Layr, Vienna (AT)
    El Comercio de los Lamentos Finos, House of Gaga, Mexico-City (MEX)

  • 2022

    Ulysses, Greene Naftali, New York (US)

  • 2021

    The Mephisto Hours, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin (DE)

  • 2020

    Spirits and Objects… and How Non-Productive Love Is Sometimes Contained in Them…, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (DE)

  • 2019

    How to be an Angel Painter, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich (CH)

    The Prototype, House of Gaga, Los Angeles (US)

  • 2018

    Tears and New Tears, Greene Naftali, New York (US)

  • 2017

    Invitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen (DE)

  • 2016

    Rainy Day and Hundred of Water and Everything, dépendance, Brussels (BEL)

    Loyalties, House of Gaga, Mexico-City (MEX)

  • 2015

    A Turtle Dreaming (... Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna (AT)

  • 2014

    Turtles + 8 Paintings + Yellow Brown Blue, Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv (ISR)

    The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago (US)

  • 2013

    Greetings from our Garden of Condesa, The Jewels of Moctezuma, Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services, New York (US)

    Übersetzungsbüro – Office for Duplication, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin EDITION REPETION COMPETITION, House of Gaga, Mexico-City (MEX)

  • 2012

    Exercises ab initio..., Greene Naftali, New York (US)

  • 2011

    3 Exercises: anrufen, bekennen, wegwerfen, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich (CH)

  • 2010

    Vienna and Jerusalem (mit Martin Guttman), Pro Choice, Vienna (AT)

  • 2009

    The Space of Words, MUDAM, Luxembourg (LUX)

  • 2008

    A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (SWE)

    Voices and Substitutes, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL)

  • 2007

    The Tabernacle on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Institut im Glaspavillon, Berlin (DE)

  • 2006

    Don’t Climb the Pyramids, Greene Naftali, New York (US)

    Invited by Yilmaz Dziewior, Bibliothekswohnung Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Berlin (DE)

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2022

    Identität nicht nachgewiesen, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (DE)

    New Space Show, Layr, Vienna (AT)

  • 2020

    Words at an Exhibition — an exhibition in ten chapters and five poems, Busan Biennale, Busan (KOR)

  • 2018

    dog chews shoes, Ampersand, Lisbon (PORT)

    Role Models, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (NZ)

  • 2017

    Souvenir, Alto Refugio, Paternal, Buenos Aires (AR)

    Section Litt.raire, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (CH)

    Passages of Neo-Avantgarde, Austrian Cultural Forum, Warschau und im Polnischen Institut, Budapest (HUN)

  • 2016

    The Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner collection, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)

    Pure Fiction, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (FR)

    Night Thoughts, CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (US)

    Poesie der Ver.nderung, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (AT)

    Und eine Welt noch, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg (DE)

  • 2015

    to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (AT)

    Turtles plus eight Paintings plus Yellow Brown Blue, Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv (ISR)

  • 2014

    No Such Thing as History: Four Collections and One Artist, Espace Louis Vuitton, München (DE)

    On Radical Juxtaposition, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg (DE)

    Abandon the Parents, Statens Museum for Kunst, Kopenhagen (DNK)

    A Needle Walks Into a Haystack, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (UK)

    The Promise, Arnolfini, Bristol (UK)

  • 2013

    Counter-Production (Part 2), Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (SE)

    Some Redemptions, curated by Josef Strau, Soloway, New York (US)

    The Whole Earth, Haus der Kulturen und der Welt, Berlin (DE)

    Letter Tunnels, Frieze, London (UK)

  • 2012

    Florbelles (after Sade), Air de Paris, Paris (FR)

    La Demeure Joyeuse II, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich (CH)

    Perros Negros Presents Perros Negros, A Post-Posteriori, New Jersey, Basel Counter-Production, Generali Foundation, Vienna (AT)

    Donde el lenguaje es el material, Casa del Lago, Mexico-City (MEX)

    Keine Zeit, 21er Haus, Vienna (AT)

  • 2011

    Time Again, Sculpture Center, New York (US)

    A Different Person, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (DE)

    FAX, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge (UK)

  • 2010

    The Baghdad Batteries, MoMA P1, Long Island City, Queens (US)

    At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (US)

    Josef Strau and Clegg&Guttman, Pro Choice, Vienna (AT) and Jerusalem (ISR)

    Light from Light, MAAP, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and Shanghai Library, Shanghai (CN)

    The Milk Drop Coronet, Camera Austria, Graz (AT)

  • 2009

    Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (US)

    evas arche und der feminist (carte blanche), The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (US)

    Scorpio ́s Garden, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (DE)

    Looking Back, White Columns, New York (US)

  • 2008

    Manifesta 7, Trentino (IT)

    One Season in Hell, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin (DE)

    Novel, Bibliothekswohnung Anna- Catharina Gebbers, Berlin (DE)

  • 2007

    Door Slamming Festival, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin (DE)

    Wonderwall—Constructing the Sublime, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (JPN)

    Shandyismus, Wiener Secession, Vienna (AT)

  • 2006

    ...: ICAL KRBBR PRDLY PRSNTS GART JAS, JON KLSY, JOSF STRA, Portikus, Frankfurt am

    Main (DE)

    Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (US) ; (other locations: Power Plant, Toronto (CA); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (US), 2007)

Published texts

  • 2022

    “Josef Strau. Spirits and Objects …and How Non-Productive Love Is Sometimes Contained in Them…“, Eva Birkenstock (ed.), Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, 2022

  • 2020

    Strau, Josef: "Spirits and Objects… and How Non-Productive Love is Sometimes Contained in Them…",

    Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2020 (exhibition text)

  • 2019

    Strau, Josef: "Application for Turtle Island and a School Cannot Move" / "The Nonproductive Attitude", in: "Städelschule Lectures 1", Koenig Books, London 2019, pp. 157-183 / pp. 381-406

    Strau, Josef: "How to be an Angel Painter", Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, 2019 (exhibition text)

    Strau, Josef: "The Prototype", Gaga, Los Angeles, 2019 (exhibition text)

    Shalom, Enzo/Strau, Josef: "You Are Like Him: Josef Strau", in: Mousse Magazine, Summer 2019, pp. 46-47

  • 2018

    Strau, Josef: "Tears And New Tears", Greene Naftali, New York City, 2018 (exhibition brochure)

  • 2017

    Strau, Josef: "Michael Krebber", in: Meyer, Christian (ed.): "Das unbekannte Meisterwerk", Schlebrügge.Editor, Vienna, 2017, pp. 32-45

    Strau, Josef: "Invitation Epiphany", Künstlerhaus Bremen, February 2017 (exhibition text)

    Gritz, Anna/Strau, Josef: "Das Universum erzählt sich selbst/The Universe Narrates Itself", in: Spike Art Quaterly, Spring 2017, pp. 124-138

  • 2016

    Strau, Josef: "Rainy day and hundred of water and everything", Dependance, Brussels, 2016 (exhibition text)

    Strau, Josef: "Loyalties", House of Gaga, Mexico City, 2016 (exhibition text)

  • 2015

    Strau, Josef: "Dreaming Turtle”, Secession, Wien, 2015 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "Isa Genzken: Sculpture as Narrative Urbanism (2009)", in: "Isa Genzken", October Files, MIT Press, Massachusets, 2015, pp. 183-189

    Strau, Josef: "Apology", in: Dysfyction II, Pure Fiction, Frankfurt am Main, 2015, pp. 8-9

    Strau, Josef: "Montezuma. Fell from Hell", in: Mousse, December-January 2014/2015, pp. 179-181

  • 2014

    Strau, Josef: "The New World 2: Travels in Turtle Island", The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2014 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "The New World 1: The Application", The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2014 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "The New World Application for Turtle Island", The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2014 (exhibition text) 
Strau, Josef: "Pocahontas Alterations", in: Bryson, Fiona, Cytter, Keren and Van Voorheers, Roger (eds.): "Noon on the Moon", A.P.E (Art Projects Era), Rotterdam, 2014, pp. 26-27

    Strau, Josef: "The Lamp and the Ribbon (2009)", in: Hudek, Antony (ed.): "The Object", Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art, February, 2014, pp. 87-88

    Strau, Josef: "My BC Years", in: "Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years", Koenig Books, Cologne, 2014, pp. 290-298 (catalogue)

  • 2013

    Strau, Josef: "Babeck’s Biograph (*Staten Island, 1992) - / 2. True Considerations / 3. Fell From Hell / 4. OSIP,the writer", in: "Lazy Susan", A.P.E (Art Projects Era), Rotterdam, 2013, pp. 28-34

    Strau, Josef: "Diary", "La Vita E Una Altra Cosa", in: Bryson, Fiona, Cytter, Keren and Van Voorheers, Roger (eds.): “The Atlantis Search Engine“, A.P.E (Art Projects Era), Rotterdam, 2013, pp. 52-66, 68-75
"Josef Strau", in: "Ein Buch über das Sammeln und Ausstellen konzeptueller Kunst nach der Konzeptkunst", Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2013, pp. 506-509 (catalogue)

    "Josef Strau", in: Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London 2013 (exhibition brochure)

    Strau, Josef: "Übersetzungsburo - Office for Duplication", Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, 2013 (exhibition text)

    Strau, Josef: "Edition, Repetition, Competition and Jewelry of Flowers and of Redemption", House of Gaga, Mexico City, 2013 (exhibition text)

    Strau, Josef: "Some Redemptions", Soloway, New York City, 2013 (exhibition text)

    Strau, Josef: "Mike Kelly", in: Artforum, May 2013, pp. 318-319

  • 2012

    Strau, Josef: Untitled, in: Olesen, Henrik: "Mr. Knife & Mrs. Fork", Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig, Verlag der Buchhaltung Walter König, Cologne, 2012, pp. 12-45 (exhibition catalogue)

    "Transcript of a Conversation Between Colin De Land, Josef Strau, and Stephan Dillemuth", in: Knoll, Valerie; Loichinger, Hannes; Magnus Schaefer (eds.): "Dealing with – Some Texts, Images, and Thoughts Related to American Fine Arts, Co.", Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2012, pp. 50-63

  • 2010

    Josef Strau: "The "why does this all happen to me experience"", House of Gaga, Mexico City, 2010 (exhibition text)

    Josef Strau: "Lamp Memoirs", curated by Kim Machan, MAAP, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and Shanghai Library, Shanghai, 2010 (exhibition text)

    Strau, Josef: "Alongside the abstract plane, dots and bangs of latent evidences and true relativity exposed", in: Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition, Serpentine Galleries, 2010 (exhibition text)

    Strau, Josef: "I felt my own transformation into a true moment of assistance", in: "Avere Luogo. Nora Schultz", Nero, Italy, 2010 (catalogue text)

    Strau, Josef: "Why working together with an inner Voice", May, No. 4, June 2010, pp. 131-134

    Interview with Dominik Eichler: "Out of Inconvenience", in: Mousse Magazine, April-May 2010, pp. 34-39

    Strau, Josef: "Untersuchungen des Selbst - Über Birgit Megerle", in: Texte zur Kunst, March 2010, pp. 74-79

    Strau, Josef: "Exploration of the Self - On Birgit Megerle", in: Texte zur Kunst, March 2010, pp. 126-128

  • 2009

    Interview with Christophe Gallois: "Commencer Cent Choses et Nén Achever Aucune / To Begin a Hundred Things and To Finish None", in: "The Space of Words", MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2009, pp. 262-275 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "The Mount of J", in: "The Space of Words", MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2009, pp. 290-298 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "the new year lamp müsli shop lamp letter.", in: "Berlin-Los Angeles. A Tale of Two (Other) Cities", Mousse Publishing, Milano, 2009 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "Fell from Hell / Aus der Hölle Gefallen", in: Parkett, No. 85, 2009, pp. 33-34, 40

    Strau, Josef: "Ei Arakawa: A Non-Administrative Performance Mystery / Ein nicht administratives Performance-Mysterium", in: Parkett, No. 84, 2009, pp. 158-168

  • 2008

    Strau, Josef: "Bad Conscience", in: “Novel“, Bibliothekswohnung, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, organised by Alun Rowlands and Matt Williams, Berlin, 2008 (publication)

    Strau, Josef: "Wolfgang Tillmans: Lighter", in: Artforum, December 2008, p. 100

    Strau, Josef: "Top Ten", in: Artforum, September 2008, pp. 183-184

    Strau, Josef: "Grammatik des Unmöglichen", in: Tageszeitung, June 2, 2008, p. 15

  • 2007

    Strau, Josef: "The Bad Conscience", in: Krebber, Michael: "...ical Krbbr Prdly Prsnts Gart Jas, Jon Klsy, Josf Stra", Portikus, Frankfurt am Main / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2007, pp. 161-194 (exhibition catalogue)
Strau, Josef: "White Nights", in: "Shandyismus", Secession, Vienna, 2007 pp. 143-149 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "Voices", Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, 2007 (exhibition text)

    Strau, Josef: "Mizmor l´Jacov", in: Manifesta 7, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy, 2007 (exhibition text)

  • 2006

    Strau, Josef: "The Non-productive Attitude", in: "MAKE YOUR OWN LIFE: Artists In & Out of Cologne", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2006, pp. 28-31 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "The Nazis of Suburbia", Berlin 2006 (artist publication)

    Strau, Josef: "My Light / The-Cologne-In-Review-Lamp", Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne 2006 (artist publication)

    Strau, Josef: "The Bad Conscience", Bibliothekswohnung, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Berlin 2006 (artist publication)

  • 2005

    Strau, Josef: "Die Anrufung/The Invocation", in: "Amelie von Wulffen", Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, 2005, pp. 149-157 (exhibition catalogue)

  • 2004

    Strau, Josef: "Dear Little Tiger", Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln 2004 (artist publication)

    Strau, Josef: "Genuss Luxus Stil. Sstems – ideological milieu", in: "Josef Kramhöller", Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, 2004, pp. 69-70 (exhibition catalogue)

  • 2003

    Strau, Josef: "White Nights", Pork Salad Press/Jacob Fabricius, Kobenhagen 2003 (artist publication)

    Strau, Josef: "Cafe Voss", in: "Sergej Jensen/Stefan Müller", Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, 2003 pp. 32-36 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "Haare wachsen, wie sie wollen", in: "Isa Genzken", Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König,

    Köln, 2003 (catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "Zitat und Künstlichkeit", in: fluter, January 30, 2003

    Strau, Josef: "Josef Strau", in: "Prague Biennale 1: Peripheries Become the Center", Prague Biennale 1, National Gallery, Veletrzni Palac, Prague, 2003 (exhibition text)

  • 2002

    Strau, Josef: "Der Malstrom", in: Dany, Hans-Christian; Wege, Astrid (eds.): "Ökonomien der Zeit", Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2002 pp. March 4-8 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "The Nazis of Suburbia", in: Dany, Hans-Christian; Wege, Astrid (eds.): "Ökonomien der Zeit", Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2002 pp. August 10-17 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "Giorgine und die Entspannung für die Nicht-Authentischen", in: Texte zur Kunst, December 2002, pp. 95-97
Strau, Josef: "B", in: Texte zur Kunst, March 2002, pp. 76-83

  • 2001

    Strau, Josef: "Die Favoritin", in: Metallic, Berlin 2001

    Strau, Josef: "Das Auge der Verwesung / The Eye of Decay", in: "Josephine Pryde: Serena", Kunstverein Braunschweig 2001, pp 50-55 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "Ruine und Mond", in: "Amelie von Wulffen: Museum der Römischen Geschichte", Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig 2001, pp. 15-16 (exhibition catalogue)

    Strau, Josef: "Spuk am Waldsee", in: Texte zur Kunst, March 2001, pp. 114-117

  • 2000

    Strau, Josef: "Nostalghia of the bad architecture" / "Performing Monuments" / ""Genuss Luxus Stil. Sstems – ideological milieu" / "Fendi Life Essence", 2000 (artist book)
Strau, Josef: "Geheimnis der Mode", in: Texte zur Kunst, December 2000, pp. 170-172

    Schmerler, Sarah: "Snowflake Office", in: Time Out, January 2000

  • 1999

    Strau, Josef: "Berliner Geschichten, ein Gang durch das Jüdische Museum", in: Texte zur Kunst, December 1999, pp. 146-152

  • 1997

    Strau, Josef: "Die wir soziale Intervention" (mit A. Siekmann), in: A.N.Y.P., Nr. 8, Berlin 1997

  • 1996

    Strau, Josef: "Kontinuität am Beispiel des Stadtplaners Roland Rainer", in: demontage Nr. 11, Wien, 1996

    "Kultur für Alle", in: Messe 2ok, Köln, 1996

  • 1992

    "Ein Fax-Gespräch zwischen Stephan Dillemuth/Josef Strau und Margreiter/Mathias Poledna/Florian Pumhösl, Oktober 1991", in: Texte zur Kunst, Spring 1992, pp. 130-139

  • 1991

    Strau, Josef; Dillemuth, Stephan: "F-Space, Ludwigstraße 11", Kunstraum Daxer, München 1991 (exhibition brochure)

    Strau, Josef: "Thomas Ruff", in: Texte zur Kunst, June 1991, pp. 181-182

    Strau, Josef: "Friesenwall 120“, in: Texte zur Kunst, Spring, 1991, pp. 174-175

  • 1988

    Strau, Josef: "Übersetzungsbüro", Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, 1988 (exhibition brochure)

Selected Monographs and Catalogues

  • 2022

    Josef Strau. Spirits and Objects …and How Non-Productive Love Is Sometimes Contained in Them, ed. by Eva Birkenstock, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Cologne, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König

  • 2018

    Strau, Josef: Tears and New Tears, Greene Naftali, New York

  • 2015

    Banks, Eric (Hrsg.): Sammlung von Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner. New Haven and London, Yale University Press.

    Buchmann, Sabeth, Helmut Draxler, Karol Kraus, et al.: to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer: Artistic Practices around 1990, Verlag der Buchandlung Walther König, Köln

    Strau, Josef: Dreaming Turtle, Secession, Wien

  • 2014

    Strau, Josef: The New World 1, The Applications, Renaissance Society, Chicago

    Strau, Josef: The New World 2, Travels in Turtle Island, Renaissance Society, Chicago

  • 2012

    Knoll, Valérie; Loichinger, Hannes; Schäfer, Magnus (Hrsg.): Dealing With – Some Texts, Images and Thoughts Related to American Fine Arts, Co., Sternberg Press, 2012

  • 2011

    Time Again exh. catalog. Long Island City: Sculpture Center: 10-13.

  • 2010

    Strau, Josef. “Alongside the Abstract Plane, Dots and Bangs of Latent Evidence and True Relativity Exposed”, in Wolfgang Tillmans, Serpentine Gallery, London.

  • 2008

    Strau, Josef. A dissidence coincidence, but W.H.C.T.L.J.S. Malmo: Malmo Konsthall.

  • 2006

    Strau, Josef. My Light The-Cologne-in-Review-Lamp.

    Strau, Josef. Nazis of Suburbia. New York: Greene Naftali.

    Strau, Josef. Part III: The Bad Conscience. Lübeck: Anna-Catharina Gebbers.

    Strau, Josef: "The Non-productive Attitude", in: Make your Own Life. Artists In and Out of Cologne. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania

  • 2005

    Die Anrufung/The Invocation, in: Amelie von Wulffen, Kunstverein Düsseldorf/Kunstmuseum Basel.

    “Time structure and Passerbys” in Susanne Winterling, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai

  • 2004

    “Zu Josef Kramhöllers Buch” in Josef Kramhöller, Kunstverein Düsseldorf.

    Strau, Josef. Part II: Dear Little Tiger. Berlin: Galerie Buchholz.

  • 2003

    Strau, Josef. “Cafe Voss” in Sergej Jensen/Stefan Müller, Kunstverein Braunschweig.

    “Haare wachsen, wie sie wollen” in Isa Genzken, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne.

    Strau, Josef. Part I: White nights. Copenhagen: Pork Salad Press.

  • 1997

    “Die wir soziale Intervention” (with A. Siekmann) A.N.Y.P., Berlin

  • 1996

    “Kultur für Alle,” Messe 2ok, Cologne. Strau, Josef.

    “Kontinuität am Beispiel des Stadtplaners Roland Rainer” demontage Nr. 11, Wien

Public Collections

  • Bundeskunstsammlung – The Federal Collection of Contemporary Art (DE)

    Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (US)

    Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR)

    mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (AT)

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (US)

    Sammlung Generali Foundation - Permanent loan to Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg (AT)

    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (US)

    ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (DE)

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