Ulrike Lienbacher

1963 Oberndorf / Salzburg, AT – Salzburg and Vienna, AT

Ulrike Lienbacher studied sculpture at Mozarteum University in Salzburg. One of the basic tenets behind her work, built from drawings, objects, installations, photographs, and videos, is the body as a screen onto which social phenomena are powerfully depicted. 

This refers to the regime of rules, demands, and limitations that literally constrict the body like a corset, but also about possibilities to shed it, and resist. Lienbacher’s works include the thematic fields of sports; the hygiene discourse, with its ideas of health and fitness; and sexuality and desire. A society built on efficiency and competition fetishizes improved performance, discipline, and perfection. These themes are also reflected in the method of drawing. The clearly drawn line, which appears controlled while at the same time fragile and broken, is the fundamental means of design in Lienbacher’s drawings, whose concept is remotely aligned on a gestural automatism. The contour lines define the frequently fragmentary bodies briefly and minimally, and shape the character of their conception as images. The body, a movement apparatus with coded as well as unconscious gestures and poses, not only plays a role as carrier of psychic sensibilities and emotions, but is also seen as a form that must be constantly newly analyzed and grasped.

Selected solo exhibitions

  • optimal, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AT, 2015
  • Bricolage, Kunsthalle Nexus, Saalfelden, AT, 2014
  • Interieurs, Modelle, GalerieKrinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AT, 2012
  • Elitekörper // Revolte, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, AT, 2010
  • Ulrike Lienbacher, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, AT, 2006

Selected group exhibitions

  • Du dessin dans l'espace, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, St. Étienne, FR, 2015
  • Reines Wasser, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, AT, 2014
  • At Your Service, Tehnicki Muzej Zagreb, HR, 2014
  • Albertina Contemporary, Albertina, Vienna, AT, 2012
  • Sport in der Kunst, MOCAK, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Krakow, PL, 2012