Manfred Kielnhofer

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Manfred Kielnhofer
Manfred Kielnhofer
Born (1967-01-28) January 28, 1967 (age 50)
Haslach an der Mühl
Known for Painting, Photography, Design, Sculpture
Notable work Guardians of Time

Manfred "KILI" Kielnhofer (born January 28, 1967 in Haslach an der Mühl) is an Austrian painter, sculptor, designer and photographer.

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer, Galerie Artpark Linz, 2006
Guardians of Time, Festival of Lights (Berlin), Light art, French Cathedral, Berlin, Velotaxi 2011
Public Art Project on Tour in Basel, ArtBasel, Design Miami / Basel, Liste, Scope, Volta, 2011
The Street art project “Guardians of Time” on tour in Venice, St. Mark's Square 2011

"Interlux-Chair", Lightart-object 2010
Photographer Kielnhofer: Water reflection, 2009


Manfred "KILI"[1] Kielnhofer visited the technical College Linz where he took his final exam in 1995. he was engaged with technique and design and art on building lead him to his special way of art. Since 2000 he lives as a freelance artist in Linz. 2005 he launched Gallery Artpark in Linz.


Kielnhofer's most famous work is, "Guardians of Time“. Drawing on religious and supernatural phenomena, the Guardians of Time are stone statues that are cloaked in hooded robes and situated to seem like they are moving forth in some kind of ritual. In some cases the figures stand alone; in other instances, they are grouped together as if whispering to each other. Kielnhofer places his statues in public places like ancient castles, old mines, plazas, and parks. They are installed and moved without fanfare, heightening the eerie, mystic aura they give off. The first of these mysterious figures was created in 2006. Since then, Kielnhofer continues to create and install these statues all over the world. In 2012, the artist created the first of a new series of miniature guardians out of plastic.[2]

In 2009, Kielnhofer developed a new sort of 'act photographs', which involves the construction of a waterplate in his studio, where he can take photos of models sitting or lying down, likely on a mirror.

In 2010 he developed the concept of the Light Art Biennale Austria 2010 with Martina Schettina.[3]

The Interlux-Chair, Kielnhofers artwork shown at the biennial, was registered in the design-database of the MAK, the Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna.[4]

In 2012 Establishment of the first miniature guardian. The mini guardian, limited edition, 54x36x34cm plastic.

In 2013 the first life-sized Guardian in bronze were cast at the art foundry Krismer.

In 2014 the large-scale sculptures 220x220x220cm guardians are shown by the Festival of Lights in Berlin.

In 2015 First works with the glass Berengo Studio Murano Venice.

A fine empty coat were made of white Carrara marble by Studio Massimo Galleni in 2016.


  • 2000 Studies in USA New York, Miami
  • 2005 Stipend of the county of Upper Austria, Studio at the Egon Schiele Art Center Krumlov CZ
  • 2007 Symposium – Egon Schiele Art Centrum – Cesky Krumlov 100 years after Egon Schiele
  • 2008 Symposium of sculpture on wood in Italy Ossana 2008
  • 2012 International symposium of sculpture Styria, Hartberg "Slow!"


  • 2000–2005. : Allerton Art Gallery New York, Gallery Tampere Finnland, Citygalerie Linz, Giga Galerie Ansfelden, filmproduction shadow performance main place Linz, biggest children-painting of the world, Galerie Generali Group, Land-culture-project Enns. Front-painting of an ancient house in Traun.
  • 2006–2007. : Gallery Artpark Linz – Skulpture garden Artpark, Gallery Fotopark Linz, "giant ball of integration" on Tournee, Timeguards on tournee
  • 2008. Egon Schiele Art Centrum (CZ), Gallery Fontaine Amstetten, Black Box Gallery Copenhagen/Linz, art garden Graz; art in the public: Dianabad Wien.
  • 2009 Cass Sculpture Fondation (UK), Art Vilnius together with Martina Schettina, Franz West and de:Herbert Brandl,[5][6] 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 Lichtkunst 2010 Austria, 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, Kunstmesse Linz Galerie Thiele, 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 galerieGalerie, 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 Bienal Three-dimensional Rio de Janeiro Biennial, ArtPrize Grand Rapids Michigan USA
  • 2016 4th Dubai art award, ArtPrize ArtPrize Grand Rapids Michigan USA, Susan Mains gallery Grenada, Galerie am Museum in Frauenau, Festival of Lights Berlin, Artigo Rio de Janeiro artfair, Light festival Kolding Denmark
  • 2017 Spotlight Festival Bucharest RO, Muralharbor Linz A, Museum Modern Art Hünfeld D, Guerrilla art documenta Kassel, ArtPrize ArtPrize Grand Rapids Michigan USA, Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast AU, Festival of Lights Berlin
  • 2018 Swiss Triennial Festival of Sculpture Bad RagARTz,


  • 2005: 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.
  • 2006: Integrationsweltkugel Artpark ISBN 3-902040-11-4
  • 2007: Timeguards 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 Fondation (UK) Manfred Kielnhofer's Timeguards, the Foundation's newest arrivals
  • 2011: NordArt, Kunstwerk Carlshütte ISBN 978-3-9813751-2-1
  • 2011: LOÖK, Designverständnis eines Bundeslandes ISBN 978-3-200-02461-8
  • 2011: Festival of Lights, Berlin Impressionen
  • 2011: 500 x Art in Public, Chris van Uffelen, Braun publishing ISBN 978-3-03768-098-8
  • 2012: EYES IN - Collector's 9, World's Innovative Creators & their Masterpieces, Cover page 51-58 ISBN 978-0985904302
  • 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
  • 2017: Monopol Magazin, Museumsverwaltung entfernt "Guerrilla Kunst" von Documenta-Standorten


  1. ^ MAK Vienna Database
  2. ^ [1] recalled at October 29, 2013
  3. ^ Ulrike Breit in: Lichtkunst-Biennale: International und heimisch, leuchtend und blinkend, OÖN Kultur recalled at September 13, 2010
  4. ^ MAK-Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien(recalled at September 30, 2010)
  5. ^ Art curator Prof. Dr. Raminta Jurenaite about ART Vilnius ‘09 (recalled at July 8)
  6. ^ Press release Art Vilnius 09(recalled at July 8, 2009)


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