Elke Krystufek

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Elke Silvia Krystufek
Born 1970
Nationality Austrian
Known for Conceptual art
elke krystufek: Wall of Silence, Schlosspark Grafenegg

Elke Silvia Krystufek (born 1970) is an Austrian conceptual artist who lives and works in Berlin and Vienna. She works in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, video and performance art.[1]


Krystufek studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the early 1990s. Her work is informed, by a history of Austrian artists - from Egon Schiele to the Vienna Actionists - who have explicitly explored sexuality in art.


Krystufek is a visual artist and writer who has dedicated her life's work to overstepping the boundaries between private and public life. She uses herself as the subject of her often provocative art work. Emphasizing the female body and its position within gendered identity. Since her first big solo presentation at the Secession in Vienna in 1997, she is working on the subject of the “Archive”. Her collection of images in the form of postcard-size photographs, titled “I am your mirror” took inspiration of the documentary work of photographer Nan Goldin and the “Atlas” by the German Painter Gerhard Richter. With the exhibition “Liquid Logic” at the then direction of Peter Noever, who gave her access into all storages of the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, the MAK, she drew comparisons between a thematically arranged Selection of partly never shown pieces from the depots of the museum and the biography of the Dutch-American artist Bas Jan Ader. Selections of a film, that she shot in connection with the exhibition on Easter Island can be viewed on YouTube in parts as the background of a talk she gave in 2009 at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. 2009 she represented Austria at the Austrian Pavilion at the 53rd Biennale of Venice together with Dorit Margreiter and Franziska and Lois Weinberger. In this show she dealt with the rare art-historical phenomenon of a nude male model painted by a heterosexual woman and the last film by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau “Tabu”. Since her solo exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, the gallery gives access to part of the Elke Krystufek Archive on the subject of immigration. On 13 April 2011 her first theater play “Hub” premiered at the Garage X, Theater at Petersplatz in Vienna. On 27 May her first public outdoor sculpture titled “The Wall of Silence” in the Schlosspark Grafenegg was destroyed on desire of Tassilo Metternich-Sándor. A documentation of the destruction and a fragment of the sculpture have been archived as a donation by the artist at the Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum. For November 2012 a large overview of a body of work in relation to landscape painting was planned at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin.

Further reading[edit]

  • Sammlung Essl (2003). Nackt & Mobil - Elke Krystufek. ISBN 3-902001-10-0
  • BAWAG Foundation (2004). Elke Krystufek.
  • Grosenick, Uta. (2001). Women Artists in the 20th and 21st Century.
  • Noever, Peter, et al. (2007). "Elke Krystufek Liquid Logic. The Height of Knowledge and the Speed of Thought."


  1. ^ Uta Grosenick, ed. (2001). Women artists : in the 20th and 21st century. Köln [etc.]: Taschen. ISBN 3-8228-5854-4. 

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