Croy Nielsen (AT)

Oliver Croy and Henrikke Nielsen founded Croy Nielsen in Berlin in 2008. In 2017 they relocated to Vienna, where the gallery is situated in a historical building. The program includes several Nordic artists, who had their first gallery exhibitions at Croy Nielsen, such as Marie Lund, Nina Beier, Birke Gorm, and Sandra Mujinga.

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CHART

For CHART 2022, Croy Nielsen is pleased to exhibit a duo presentation of works by Nina Beier and Soshiro Matsubara. Beier’s new sculptures feature different types of iron staircases that have been repurposed as pedestals, or structures for storing different sorts of marble eggs. Matsubara’s drawings and ceramics reference the Belgian symbolist painter Fernand Khnopff, and in particular his sister and muse: Marguerite.

Nina Beier (DK)

Contrasts and ruptures characterize Nina Beier’s work. She digs into cultural tropes to find things that are loaded with particularly problematic and layered stories, things that have undergone a transformation in terms of their intention, production, distribution, trading and use. Especially those objects that represent collapsed systems are unpacked by Beier, exposing the implicit economical and interpersonal power structures they perform. In doing so, she poses complex questions about the value and meaning of objects.

Nina Beier (b. 1975) lives in Copenhagen and Berlin. Solo exhibitions and commissions include The High Line, New York (2022); Spike Island, Bristol (2018) and Kunstverein Hamburg (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Lyon Biennial; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (both 2022); São Paulo Biennal, Brazil (2021); the Riga Biennial, Latvia (2020); and YUZ Museum, Shanghai (2018). She is represented by Croy Nielsen, Vienna and Standard (Oslo).

Nest

Marble and stone eggs, spiral staircase, 800 cm x 200 cm
2021

Photo by David Sternholm

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Guardian

Marble lion and stone egg, 150 × 55 × 125 cm
2021

Photo by Jan Søndergaard

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Plug

Ceramic sink and rolled cigar, 17 × 35 × 33 cm
2020

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Peanuts

Human hair wig, feathers, 1 Hermès tie, synthetic insulation, nylon, 80.5 × 63 cm
2015

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China

Ceramic vase and ceramic dog, dog: 71 × 53 × 30 cm, vase: 72 × 28 × 28 cm
2016

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"I work with things or gestures that already exist in the world. I am interested in unfolding the baggage, the layers of meaning or the chaos inherent in these things. The more entangled and complex the history, the more I can get out of it. I often end up collecting objects that have lost their value or changed status in one way or another."

Nina Beier

Nina Beier, Women & Children, 2022, installation view High Line, New York

Soshiro Matsubara (JP)

Soshiro Matsubara often makes use of overly romanticized moments in art history, as means to examine the potential of art as a romantic pursuit or obsession. Several pieces draw on the turbulent love affair between Oskar Kokoschka and Alma Mahler in the 1900s: upon being abandoned by Mahler, Kokoschka heartbrokenly had a doll fashioned in her image. Filled with ambiguity and eeriness, Matsubara’s ceramics, paintings, and installations become emblems of the forces of attraction – from mad obsession to sensuous unions with the beloved. In 2017 he founded the antique shop 'Haus der Matsubara'.

Soshiro Matsubara (b. 1980, Hokkaido, JP) lives and works in Vienna. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include: Union Pacific (2022; UK); Bel Ami, (2022; US); MACRO (2021; IT); Fern Residency (2021; BE). Recent and upcoming group shows include: Den Frie (2022; DK); Aspen Art Museum (2021; US); Crévecoeur (2020; FR); Kunsthalle Aarhus (2019; DK).

Kiss XXIII

Oil on canvas, hand-made frame, 26.5 × 45 × 2.3 cm
2020

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Love Sick

Glazed ceramic, oil paint, epoxy, artificial hair, rug, acrylic, wood, fabric, 156 × 98 × 54 cm (Sculpture with plinth)
2019-2021

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Untitled

Found object and glazed ceramics, 29 x 15 x 34 cm
2021

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Last Night XXIII (Le nid)

Glazed ceramic, light bulb, 38 x 34 x 9 cm
2021

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Before Sunrise

Oil on canvas in artist's frame, 122 x 87.5 cm
2022

Photo by Paul Salveson

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"I am drawn to the strangeness, attachment, obsession, energy, humor, beauty and imbalance of the story of Oskar Kokoschka and Alma Mahler. This unique cure for being lovesick cheers me up."

Soshiro Matsubara

PW Magazine, November 2020

Soshiro Matsubara, True Romance, installation view, 2020, Croy Nielsen, Vienna

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