La biennale Venezia Italy T-Guardian public art sculpture tour by Manfred Kielnhofer and Christoph Luckeneder

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T-Guardian. La biennale 2013.

Here’s a new definition for “art on the move.” The “T-Guardian” sculpture, designed by artists Christoph Luckeneder and Manfred Kielnhofer, currently on a global tour of the world’s museums and exhibition spaces, has made its way to Venice for La Biennale—and it’s showing up in a new spot around the city each day. Luckeneder and Kielnhofer, both from Austria, have collaborated together before, most recently in a show at Gallery Liebau in Burghaun, Germany.

The T-Guardian piece, which depicts a cloaked red figure seated atop a metal cross covered in “spikes,” combines familiar forms from both artist’s body of works. Kielnhofer is known for his various depictions of the “Timeguard” figures, shrouded figures that recall themes from fantasy, mythology and the gothic. Luckeneder is known for his series of “light cactuses”—wire sculptures that play with various colors of light. Here, the two forms are juxtaposed, creating a new iconic, striking piece.

The only question is—where will it show up next? [ Christoph Luckeneder ] [ Manfred Kielnhofer ]

Manfred Kielnhofer

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer Mystique contemporary art sculpture Guardians of Time by the Austrian Manfred Kielnhofer observing and pretending the world. “The Guardians of Time” relates to the idea that since the beginning of time mankind has had protectors, both for historic and mystical reasons. It seems that only man himself is a potential source of danger for his own existence. In his works of art Manfred Kielnhofer deals with the natural human desire for security. Thus his oeuvre reflects genuine exploration, consideration and discussion of current as well as historic moods and sensibilities of his social environment. His works of art captivate with elaborate combinations of light and different technique.

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