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Time Guardians by Manfred Kielnhofer 2006
Occupy Kassel, documenta (13)
The light art project Guardians of Time on tour in Venice, St. Mark's Square, 2011
Public Art Project on Tour in Basel, Art Basel, Design Miami / Basel, Liste, Scope, Volta, 2011
Ferryman to the Art Basel 2012
Guardians of Time, Festival of Lights (Berlin) French Cathedral, Berlin, Velotaxi 2011
Giants GOT, Steyr

The Guardians of Time, is an art project of the Austrian sculptor Manfred Kielnhofer.

Idea and history[edit]

The Guardians of Time were developed by the artist Manfred Kielnhofer, who believes that mankind is watched and protected by strange characters. Kielnhofer has always been interested in the human being as a model and potential source of danger. In 2006 he created the first life-size "Time Guardians" for the Skulpturenpark Artpark in Linz. Which resembles a monk not by human-size but by form as a tool in his art.[1] Over the years, he placed his Time Guardians in public places such as ancient castles, squares, old mines or parks. Kielnhofer’s art explores the human desire for security and reflects genuine exploration of the current historic moods and sensibilities.

In 2012 Kielnhofer designed the Mini guards as a limited edition made out of plastic in various colors that can be illuminated from within. One was ordered by Peter Weibel for the ZKM in 2012. The Guardians of Time settled in during Art Dubai 2013 and the first cast bronze guardian was made by the art foundry Krismer. In 2014, ancient giant people statues were shown at the Festival of Lights in Berlin and at the 56th Venice Biennale Of Art. Kielnhofer also worked with glass at Berengo Studio Murano Venice and created a fine empty coat of white Carrara marble by Studio Massimo Galleni in 2016.[citation needed]


  • 2006–2007. Gallery Artpark LinzSkulpturenpark Artpark, Gallery Fotopark Linz, Time guardians on tournee
  • 2008. Egon Schiele Art Centrum (CZ), Gallery Fontaine Amstetten, Black Box Gallery Copenhagen/Linz, art garden Graz;
  • 2009. Cass Sculpture Fondation (UK), Art Vilnius together with Martina Schettina, Franz West and de:Herbert Brandl,[2][3] Artfair Berlin-Arttower, Galerie Seywald Salzburg, Mobile-Galerie Hörsching, Woka Lamps Vienna
  • 2010. Castle Schloss Steyregg near Linz, Neuköllner Kunstsalon Berlin, Galerie Kunst und Handel Graz, Kunstraum Ringstrassen, Light Art Biennale Austria 2010, Galerie Claudiana, Area 53 vienna, Citygalerie, Kunsthandel Freller
  • 2011. Galerie Thiele Linz, Nord Art Germany, Kunstprojekt "ghost car" zur Art Basel, Liste, Scope, Volta Show, Festival of Lights Berlin, Grevenbroich Inseln des Lichtes, Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin, Kunstverein Passau, ArtStays Ptuj Slovenia, Time guards on tour in Venice
  • 2012. Designmonat Graz, Galerie Bachlechner, Sculpture show Castle Hartberg "Slow", Ferryman Ferry Basel public Art Basel show, Occupy movement DOCUMENTA (13) Kassel Time guards, Festival of Lights Berlin, Art & Antiques fair vienna sculpture garden
  • 2013. Galerie Liebau Burghaun Fulda, Phantasten Museum Wien, Guardians of Time Settle in During Art Dubai, VBKW Künstlerparade Stuttgart, Phantasten Museum Wien, public art show Venice Biennale, SCOPE Art Show Basel Galerie Kunst und Handel, Art Bodensee Galerie Galerie Bachlechner, Austrian contemporary sculptures castle Tabor, Festival of Lights Berlin, art and antiques vienna fair, Kunstmesse Fulda Galerie Liebau, IC contemporary Istanbul art project Galerie Kunst und Handel Graz vienna, Wikam Art&Antiques fair vienna sculpture garden Galerie Kunst und Handel, Art&Antique vienna Hofburg Kunsthandel Freller
  • 2014. Wiener internationale Kunst & Antiquitätenmesse Kunsthandel Freller, Art&Antique Residenz Salzburg Kunsthandel Freller, Skulpturensommer Galerie Liebau, WIKAM im Schloss Laxenburg Galerie Szaal, Highlights Art Basel public art, Kunst in der Fabrik II im GIZ Rosegg Galerie Kunst und Handel, public art Brussels and Amsterdam, ART Bodensee Galerie Galerie, Art Stays Festival Ptuj Slovenia, Art Salzburg Kunsthandel Freller, Woodlands Waterway Arts Bench Competition, Texas USA, Festival of Lights Berlin, WIKAM Galerie Kunst und Handel, Art&Antique Hofburg Vienna Kunsthandel Freller
  • 2015. 56th Venice Biennale Of Art, Collateral Event – Personal Structures, Time Space Existence, Palazzo Mora, TRIO Biennial Three-dimensional Rio de Janeiro Biennial, ArtPrize Grand Rapids, Michigan USA
  • 2016. 4th Dubai art award, ArtPrize Grand Rapids Michigan USA, Susan Mains gallery Grenada, Galerie am Museum in Frauenau, Festival of Lights Berlin, Artigo Rio de Janeiro art fair, Light festival Kolding Denmark
  • 2017. Spotlight Festival Bucharest RO, Muralharbor Linz A, Museum Modern Art Hünfeld D, Guerilla art Documenta Kassel, ArtPrize ArtPrize Grand Rapids Michigan USA, Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast AU, Festival of Lights Berlin, Kunst Zürich, Beijing China TaiKooLi mall
  • 2018. Toronto Light Fest, arte in fiera Italia - Kunst und Handel gallery, Lightart Zwickau, Swiss Triennial Festival of Sculpture Bad RagARTz, PAN Awareness Projekt #TheEyeofGuardian Ghana Afrika, Galerie Spittelberg Passage, Festival of Lights Berlin, Biennale Arte Salerno Italia, Tabakfabrik Linz
  • 2019. Toronto Light Fest, artvienna wikam art dealer Freller, Lichtgalerie Cottbus, PAN Austria Galerie, Gleis21 Dietikon Swiss,
  • 2020. Stadtplatz Steyr, Exhibition of three golden statues on the historic town square, purchased by the local government


  • 2006: in the online database of MAK Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna) Design-Info-Pool-Online
  • 2006: Manfred Kielnhofer. Exhibition Catalogue Artpark digitalprint Linz, Gallery ARTpark Lenaupark City Linz.
  • 2007: Time guardians Exhibition Catalog digitalprint Linz, Gallery ARTpark Lenaupark City Linz.
  • 2008: Masters Contemporary Arts, Collectible Global Art Book ISBN 978-91-89685-18-5
  • 2008: Trends Contemporary Arts, Collectible Global Art Book ISBN 978-91-89685-17-8
  • 2009: Cass Sculpture Foundation (UK) Manfred Kielnhofer's Timeguards, the Foundation's newest arrivals
  • 2011: NordArt, Kunstwerk Carlshütte ISBN 978-3-9813751-2-1
  • 2011: Festival of Lights, Berlin Impressionen
  • 2011: 500 x Art in Public, Chris van Uffelen, Braun publishing ISBN 978-3-200-02461-8
  • 2012: Kunstforum Bd. 217 dOCUMENTA (13), Ein Rundgang, page 80,81
  • 2012: ST/A/R Printmedium Wien – Berlin, page 58
  • 2012: Berliner Morgenpost cover page, Festival of Lights
  • 2013: Ice Contemporary Istanbul art fair magazine page 41-45


  1. ^ 500 x Art in Public, Chris van Uffelen, Braun publishing ISBN 978-3-200-02461-8
  2. ^ Art curator Prof. Dr. Raminta Jurenaite about ART Vilnius ‘09 Archived 23 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine (recalled at 8 July)
  3. ^ Press release Art Vilnius 09 Archived 23 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine(recalled at 8 July 2009)

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