Hildegard Joos

Hildegard Joos is one of the most important artists of geometric abstraction in Austria. Her striking development spans an arch of Constructivism, Concrete Art, and Op Art to the Narrative Geometries, an individual and unique form vocabulary which she developed together with her artist and life partner, the swiss philosopher, Harold Joos in the late 1970s. As a result, her work proved to be an impetus for the young generation and led to a revision and re-estimation of the geometric form language.

Since 1955 she was a member of the Secession in Vienna and was the first female artist in 1962, whose work was presented in a solo exhibition in the main room of the Secession. Three other individual exhibitions took place there in 1964, 1967, and 1980.

From 1959 onwards, Hildegard Joos had a studio in Paris, where she looked up with her monistic pictures. She participated in the international development of geometric abstraction and in numerous exhibitions such as the "Salon des Indépendants" and the "Salon des Réalités Nouvelles". In 2001 she was with 11 other Austrian artists in Paris at the French art fair "Salon d'Automne" , among with others like Brandl Damisch, Attersee, Muntean-Rosenblum etc.

The work of Hildegard Joos marks an interface in the tradition of geometric-constructive abstraction and the discourse of contemporary painting.
Her works are placed in museum collections such as the Belvedere Museum, Vienna; Albertina Museum, Vienna; Mumok, Vienna; NÖ Landesmuseum, St.Pölten; Lentos Museum, Linz; Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus; Artothek des Bundes, Vienna etc.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

1958 Secession, Vienna (likewise 1962, 1964, 1967, 1980)
1965 Galerie des Jeunes, Paris
1984 Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna
1989 Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum
1994 NÖ Landesmuseum, St. Pölten
1997 Albertina Museum, Vienna
1997 Museum Belvedere, Vienna
1998 Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau
1999 Kunsthalle Krems
2005 Museum Belvedere, Vienna
2014 Künstlerhaus - Suppan Fine Arts, Vienna
2014 Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
2016 Suppan Fine Arts, Vienna

Group exhibitions (selection)

1963 Salon des femmes peintres, Paris (likewise 1968)
1974 Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck (likewise 1978)
1981 Bilan d'art Contemporain, Québec
1982 Secession, Darmstadt
1982 Grand Palais, Paris
1990 Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz
1996 Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest
1997 Neue Galerie Joanneum, Graz
1999 Museum Belvedere, Vienna
2002 Secession, Vienna
2004 Kunsthalle Krems
2004 Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
2006 MUMOK, Passau
2007 MUMOK,Vienna
2009 Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
2010 Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus
2012 21er Haus, Vienna
2013 NÖ Landesmuseum, St. Pölten
2014 Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
2014 Museum Belvedere, Vienna
2015 MUSA Museum, Vienna

Awards (selection)

1987 Price of the City of Vienna for Fine Arts
1990 Appraisal Award of the Province of Lower Austria
1996 Honor Cross 1st Class for Science and Art Austria
2000 Medal of Honor of the Federal Capital Vienna in Gold
2000 Awarded honorary professorship
since 1955 member of Vienna Secession
since 1964 member of the Salon Indépendants, Paris
1972 Admission to the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris
1975 Co-founding of the Vienna artist Group constructive
Artist "Exact tendencies"
1977 Co-founding of the "International community action
of Fine Artists - IntAkt "

Selected works

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