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21 October 2016 until 26 February 2017

Tying in with Marcel Duchamps’ radicalism, with land art, minimalism and process art, Gottfried Bechtold’s oeuvre is all about expanding the concept of art. Committed to experiment and artistic freedom, Bechtold has created an extensive, multifaceted oeuvre, where the emphasis is on the transfer of reality in the media, on phenomena of physics, mobility as a topic, mythic aspects of the motor car and the ideas of time and movement. In a consummate manner the artist plays with the opposition of acceleration and deceleration. His Betonporsches, concrete casts of the Porsche 911 sports car, are well-known examples of the transformation of an iconic symbol of high-speed mobility into perfect instantiations of immobility.

Bechtold, born 1947 in Bregenz, is one of Austria’s most outstanding artists. From his beginnings as a stonemason apprentice he moved into sculpture and into working with film, video and photography. He has realised a number of large-scale projects in public space. The LENTOS devotes a great retrospective to the artist, whose latest solo exhibition was put on by the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2006. The LENTOS will attempt to highlight all aspects of the several decades of Bechtold’s activities as an artist.

Curator: Margareta Sandhofer


The book Gottfried Bechtold is published by Verlag für moderne Kunst to coincide with the exhibition and features essays by Margareta Sandhofer, Thomas Mießgang, Thomas Feuerstein, and Pipilotti Rist, with a foreword by Stella Rollig (172 pages, richly illustrated with colour photographs, German/English, ISBN 978-3-903131-66-8), € 24

Signed edition of Mini-Porsches

A signed edition of Mini-Porsches made of porcelain in several colours is available during the exhibition in LENTOS shop.


Supported by



Thursday, 20 October, 7 pm
(together with the exhibition Nevin Aladağ)
Free admission

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Foto: © maschekS.