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Xenia Hausner




Thursday, 14 November 2019 to Saturday, 11 January 2020
Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

New York, NY – Forum Gallery, New York will present the first exhibition in the US in a decade of paintings by Austrian artist Xenia Hausner from November 14, 2019 to January 11, 2020. Since her introduction to American audiences in 2000, Xenia Hausner has exhibited extensively in Europe and China as well as New York and Los Angeles. The current exhibition of twelve striking new paintings precedes a solo retrospective exhibition for the Artist to be presented by The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria in April 2020.

In the paintings for this exhibition, Xenia Hausner explores the human condition of women today as she responds to the geopolitical issues of our time. Hausner captures the spirit and soul of her subjects as she probes their emotional and personal lives. The paintings are direct, dramatic and boldly expressive in their poignant narratives. Using striking color with confident, secure brushstroke, Hausner achieves a unique engagement in a highly personal way. With unflinching directness, she engages the viewer, drawing us in to her creative world. Her subjects confront us as they reveal themselves with open and palpable strength, often demanding that we seek out their points of inflection. To view a Xenia Hausner painting is a multi-layered experience that begins with an appreciation of the painting as a bold and colorful object and leads to a deep, ongoing engagement with the inner drama of the subjects. 

Xenia Hausner portrays the emotional lives of her subjects with strength and dexterity. They are passionate about love, desire, survival and making sense of life. Xenia Hausner offers insightful views into their hopes and dreams. In her paintings we are able to see, in a singular way, some of their past, much of their present, and a glimpse of their thoughts of the future.

Xenia Hausner began her working life as a stage designer in Vienna and since 1992, has devoted all of her time to easel painting. Forum Gallery introduced her work to the United States in 2000 and subsequently presented two exhibitions in New York and one in Los Angeles. Xenia Hausner has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Wien, Austria; Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany; Rupertinum, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria; Käthe-Kollwitz Museum, Berlin, Germany; The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; the Shanghai Art Museum and the Today Art Museum in China.

Hausner’s paintings are included in major museum collections throughout Europe, and three monographs have been published on the Artist’s work, two of which have appeared in English as well as German.

Xenia Hausner opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and will be on view through Saturday, January 11, 2020.


Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Please visit to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on November 14, 2019 and will be on view through January 11, 2020. Forum Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm. A fully illustrated, 32-page color catalogue will be available from the gallery, featuring an essay by Jessa Crispin.

For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545;

Artist ( Description ): 

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1951, Xenia Hausner is an internationally recognized artist well known for her large enigmatic portraits, often of women, portrayed with the artist’s expressionistic use of vibrant, dynamic color. Humanity and the human condition are central themes of Hausner’s work, in which she utilizes radical color and gestural brushstrokes to portray her subjects in light of their vulnerability, loneliness, desire, and love. Having traveled all over the world, Hausner incorporates into her artwork the materials and mental memories collected on her travels as well as photographs of what she has seen throughout her journeys.

Hausner studied at the painting academy in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she began a career as a scenic designer at the Vienna Burgtheater in 1976.  From 1977 to 1992, Hausner designed more than 100 theater, opera and film productions, including those at the Shiller Theater, Berlin; the Thalia Theater, Hamburg; the Vienna State Opera; the Salzburg Festival; the Covent Garden Opera, London; and the Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels. 

Beginning in 1992, Hausner moved to Berlin and devoted herself completely to painting.  Her work was introduced at the Martin Gropiusbau in Berlin in 1996 in an exhibition entitled “Die Kraft der Bilder” (The Craft of the Artist), and she was soon afforded one-person exhibitions in Salzburg and Vienna.  Later in 1996, Hausner had a one-person exhibition, “Menschenbilder” at Galerie Thomas in Munich, and Galerie Thomas introduced her work to an international audience with a featured presentation at Art Cologne.  In 1997, a one-person exhibition, “Liebesfragmente” was presented at the Museum Quarter Kunsthalle of Vienna and at the Ludwig Museum in Leipzig.

Forum Gallery introduced Hausner’s work to the United States in 2000, when she was first exhibited in New York.  That same year, Hausner was awarded the Ernst Barlach Art Prize (Hamburg, Germany), and had solo exhibitions at the Kathe-Kollwitz Museum in Berlin, State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, and Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg. Since then, Hausner has had numerous solo shows around the world including exhibitions at Forum Gallery in New York and Los Angeles, and an exhibition titled, Hide & Seek, which traveled to the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, and Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna. In 2011, Hausner was given a one person exhibition at the Shanghai Art Museum in China, and in 2014, the Today Art Museum in Beijing presented a solo show of her work. Hausner was included in the 2015 exhibition “From Hockney to Holbein: The Würth Collection in Berlin” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau. In 2017, Hausner exhibited at Palazzo Bembo in Venice and was included in the exhibition “Monet to Picasso: The Batliner Collection,” a show of work from the Permanent Collection of the Albertina in Vienna, Austria.

In May 2019, Xenia Hausner was included in an exhibition “Displaced: Stories in Motion” at the Ducal Palace Museum Complex at the National Archaeological Museum of Matua, Italy. Recently, Xenia Hausner was awarded with a solo exhibition at The Albertina Museum in Vienna, to open in April 2020. Forum Gallery will present their next solo exhibition for the artist titled “Agent Provocateur” from November 14, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

Venue ( Address ): 

475 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Forum Gallery , New York

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