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.

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

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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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