Stools for the Dom Museum Wien
Stools for the Dom Museum Wien
Stools for the Dom Museum Wien
Stools for the Dom Museum Wien

Leo Zogmayr


Dom Museum Wien


Modern and Contemporary art

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Photo: Leni Deinhardstein, Lisa Rastl, Dom Museum Wien
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Stools for the Dom Museum Wien

Cubic stools bearing the names of saints invite you to sit down and reflect upon the objects in the collections of the Dom Museum Wien.

Straightforward cubic wooden stools invite you to sit down. The absence of a support calls for an attentive, upright posture. Zogmayer’s solution helps you to arrive in the here and now and offers you an adequate basis for contemplating art. The stools also serve as information carriers: plastic sheets of different colors have been fitted obliquely below the seating surface. Names of male and female saints have been cut into the discs with a laser device, with the language changing from stool to stool. This turns the seats into communicative objects, establishes a relationship to the representations of saints on display in the museum, and allows to use them for talks staged in the context of educational programs and events.
The artist has consistently worked on the formal reduction of his means of expression in the last decades. This has resulted in a number of word and text pictures among other things: monochrome verre églomisé paintings on the one hand and metal, wood and concrete objects in basic geometric shapes on the other, some of them realized as installations in the public realm. All these works show concise, irritating words or slogans with which the artist strives to advance toward the essence of things. Zogmayer aims at interrupting the present-day world’s flood of images and torrents of words so full of second-hand messages and at opening up spaces that offer new possibilities.
The artist has carried out several commissions for sacred spaces in Germany, Belgium, and Austria and arrived at answers oscillating between sculpture and design. One of his major projects was the conversion of St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, a Roman Catholic episcopal church, in Berlin in spatial-liturgical terms. Thanks to the arrangement of seats around the central altar, Mass can be celebrated now amidst the believers.
Leo Zogmayer on his approach to his work as an artist: “What applies to good fasting also applies to art and culture: less of something, more of nothing. Reduction. Reduction in the sense of dis-illusionment. Of curbing the stream of images. In favor of intensifying and sensitizing listening and looking.”