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Xenia Hausner

Xenia Hausner

Austrian artist, painter
Xenia Hausner
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Intro Austrian artist, painter
A.K.A. X.H.
Is Painter
From Austria
Type Arts
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1951, Vienna, Austria
Age 71 years
Father: Rudolf Hausner
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Xenia Hausner (born 1951 in Vienna, Austria) is an Austrian artist, recognized internationally as a major artist of her generation.


Xenia Hausner was born into a family of artists. Her father was the Austrian painter Rudolf Hausner, her sisters are the filmmaker Jessica and the costume designer Tanja Hausner. From 1972 to 1976, she studied stage design at the Academy of Arts in Vienna and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. From 1977-1992, she designed over one hundred sets for theater and opera at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Covent Garden in London, Theâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels etc.

Since 1992, Xenia Hausner has been working exclusively as a painter and has participated in innumerable exhibitions at home and abroad. She lives and works in Berlin and Vienna.


Stage sets

Her first stage sets were collages built from material collected from condemned houses, junk yards and garbage dumps. She used this raw material to assemble a theatrical space that sprung to life in the clash between naturalistic clarity and abstract interpretation.


As of 1990 Xenia Hausner began concentrating on painting. People are at the center of her focus. Her images are enigmatic, the situations she depicts ambiguous. Xenia Hausner’s large-formatted works are societal descriptions, the situations purposely fragmentary, snapshots from daily life. In contrast to the classical portrait, the characters in her images play the roles of people other than themselves. They are cast like actors in a play. Her style is expressive and her palette brims over with strong colors, a fact that is apparent in the flesh tones of her protagonists. Xenia Hausner works on paper and mixed-media as well. She transforms large-formatted photos into paintings, incorporating various materials depending on the specific medium she is working in. In this way, painting and photography merge, are transported to the limits of current artistic awareness. Using a variety of techniques, she concentrates images and constructs a new reality. Producing special edition art works on hand-made paper has become a new field of experimentation for Hausner. These unique limited editions deal with subjects known from her paintings, but the images are reinvented through technique and the medium and evolve into an independent artistic form. While preparing for her exhibition, "Damage", at the Shanghai Art Museum in 2011, she became intensively interested in Asiatic, especially Chinese motifs and began incorporating them into her personal artistic DNA: clear evidence of the global networking in contemporary art.


She is active in the "Women without Borders" movement and its project SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism), that focuses on the world, especially on people in extreme situations. She is strongly interested in architectural projects, for example the mantling of the Ringturm in Vienna in 2011, or in designing church windows (Kilian Church in Heilbronn, St. Johannis Church in Gehrden, St. Johannes and St. Laurentius Cathedral in Merseburg).

Notable exhibitions

A selection

  • 2017 „Glasstress“, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice
  • 2017 “Xenia Hausner – Exiles” in Personal Structures: Crossing Borders, Palazzo Bembo, Venice
  • 2017 „Entfesselt. Malerinnen der Gegenwart“, Schloss Achberg, Germany
  • 2017 „Fleischeslust“, Galerie Deschler, Berlin
  • 2017 „Modern & Contemporary Art“, Forum Gallery, New York
  • 2017 „10 – Alive and Kicking“, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
  • 2017 „Menagerie. An Animal Show from the Würth Collection“, Forum Würth Rorschach, CH
  • 2016 “Frau im Bild – Female Portraits from the Würth Collection”, Gallery Würth, Oslo
  • 2016 “Rendezvous, Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Essl”, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
  • 2015: "From Hockney to Holbein. The Würth Collection in Berlin", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 2015: "Personal Structures: Crossing Borders", Palazzo Mora, Venice
  • 2015: "Soft Power", Leo Gallery, Shanghai
  • 2015: "Girl, Girls, Girls", Galerie Deschler, Berlin
  • 2015: Xenia Hausner "Some Hope", FO.KU.S, Innsbruck
  • 2014: Xenia Hausner "Look Left – Look Right", Today Art Museum, Beijing
  • 2014: Xenia Hausner "Look Left – Look Right", The Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong
  • 2014: "Glanzlichter. Meisterwerke zeitgenössischer Glasmalerei im Naumburger Dom", Naumburg
  • 2014: "Die Andere Sicht", Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
  • 2013: "Sie. Selbst. Nackt." Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen
  • 2013: "Painting Water", Berlin Art Week, Galerie Deschler
  • 2013: "A.E.I.O.U. – Österreichische Aspekte in der Sammlung Würth", Museum Würth, Künzelsau
  • 2012: "ÜberLeben" Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg
  • 2012: 5th Beijing International Art Biennial, Beijing (China)
  • 2012: "Xenia Hausner - Flagrant délit", Musée Würth France, Erstein
  • 2012: "Glasmalerei des 21. Jahrhunderts", Centre intern. du Vitrail, Chartres
  • 2011: "Damage", Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
  • 2011: "Sense of Family", Installation Ringturm, Vienna
  • 2011: "Glasmalerei der Moderne", Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
  • 2010: "Intimacy. Bathing in Art", Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen
  • 2010: "Trailblazer", Gabriele Münter Prize 2010, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 2009: "Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild. Das Portrait im Wandel der Zeit", Kunsthalle Krems
  • 2009: "Yearning for an Image: the Portrait through the Ages", Kunsthalle Krems
  • 2008: Montijo International Biennal ON EUROPE 2008, Portugal
  • 2008: "You and I", Forum Gallery, New York
  • 2007: "Back to the Figure", Kunsthaus, Vienna
  • 2007: "Two", Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich
  • 2006: "Back to the Figure – Contemporary Painting", Kunsthalle der Hypokulturstiftung, Munich
  • 2006: "Austria: 1900 – 2000 Confrontations and Continuities", Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg
  • 2006: "Works on Paper", Forum Gallery, New York
  • 2006: "Glücksfall", KunstHausWien, Wien
  • 2005: "Physiognomy of the 2nd Republic", Austrian Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
  • 2005: "Round Leather Worlds", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 2005: "Xenia Hausner - Glücksfall", Ludwig Museum, Koblenz
  • 2004: "Strange. Reports of a Far Nearness", Kunstfest Weimar "Pélerinages"
  • 2004: "Xenia Hausner – 2nd Nature", Charim Galerie, Vienna
  • 2004: "Upper Class – Working Girl", Galerie der Stadt Salzburg
  • 2003: "New Paintings", Forum Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2003: "Xenia Hauser – Lady’s Choice", Galerie Deschler, Berlin
  • 2002: "Xenia Hausner – Paintings", Galerie Kämpf, Basel
  • 2002: "Xenia Hausner – Paintings", Galerie Hohmann, Hamburg
  • 2001: "Xenia Hausner – New Works", Rupertinum, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
  • 2001: "Xenia Hausner – New Works", Galerie Thomas, Munich
  • 2000: "Xenia Hausner – Heart Matters", Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum, and Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg
  • 2000: "Xenia Hausner – Paintings", Ernst Barlach Museum, Hamburg Wedel
  • 2000: "Heart Matters", Forum Gallery, New York
  • 1999: "Figuration", Rupertinum Salzburg, Museion Bozen und Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal
  • 1998: "Reality and Dream", Berlin Galerie, Berlin
  • 1998: "Xenia Hausner – Paintings", Kunsthalle, Koblenz
  • 1998: "Xenia Hausner – Love Fragments", Jesuitenkirche Galerie in Aschaffenburg
  • 1997: "Xenia Hausner – Love Fragments", Kunsthalle Vienna und Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig
  • 1997: "Contemporary Art in Austria", Europäisches Währungsinstitut, Frankfurt am Main
  • 1996: "Die Kraft der Bilder", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 1996: "The Power of Images", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 1996: "Human Pictures", Galerie Thomas, Munich
  • 1996: "Masterpieces of Austrian ContemporaryArt", Galerie Heike Curtze, Salzburg


  • Arte, Metropolis: Stories of Loneliness and Closeness – Visiting Xenia Hausner in her studio in Vienna, broadcast January 26, 2013 at 4:45 P.M.
  • 3sat, Culture Time: Harald Wilde, Grand Dame of portrait painting – Xenia Hausner at the Essl-Museum in Kosterneuburg, October 24, 2012.1
  • Arte, Metropolis: The artist Xenia Hausner, first broadcast, October 11, 2003.


  • "Xenia Hausner: Look Left – Look Right." Brandstätter Verlag, 2014, ISBN 978-3-85033-841-7
  • "ÜberLeben". Brandstätter Verlag, Wien 2012. ISBN 978-3-85033-715-1
  • "Flagrant délit". Swiridoff Verlag 2012. ISBN 978-3-89929-242-8
  • "Damage". Hirmer Verlag 2011. ISBN 978-3-7774-4281-5
  • "You and I". Prestel Verlag, München 2008. ISBN 978-3-7913-4106-4
  • "Two". Galerie von Braunbehrens, München 2007. ISBN 3-922268-47-1
  • GlücksFall. Prestel Verlag, München 2005. ISBN 3-7913-3621-5
  • Damenwahl- Berichte aus dem Labor, mit Beiträgen von André Heller, Elfriede Jelinek und Peter Weiermair, deutsch/englisch, Übersetzung von P. J. Blumenthal und Allison Brown, Wienand Verlag, Köln 2003. ISBN 3-87909-824-7
  • Wieland Schmied (Hrsg.): Xenia Hausner. Kampfzone. 2. Auflage, Wienand Verlag, Köln 2003. ISBN 3-87909-803-4
  • Heart Matters. New York 2003. ISBN 09675826-52
  • Kampfzone. Wienand Verlag, Köln 2000. ISBN 3-87909-687-2
  • Figuration. Bozen 1999. ISBN 3-905597-09-8
  • Liebesfragmente. Wienand Verlag, Köln 1997. ISBN 3-87909-394-6
  • "Xenia Hausner: Rätselraum Fremde Frau." Braus Verlag, Heidelberg 1990, ISBN 3-92583-548-2
  • Global Art Affairs Foundation: "Personal Structures – Crossing Borders". European Cultural Centre, Venice 2015, ISBN 978-94-90784-18-8
  • Die andere Sicht. Sammlerin und Künstlerin. Edition Sammlung Essl, 2014, ISBN 978-3-902001-81-8
  • Elfriede Jelinek: Werk und Rezeption. Diskurse. Kontexte. Impulse. Publikationen des Elfriede Jelinek-Forschungszentrums. Pia Janke (Hg.) 2014, 2 Teilbände
  • Sie. Selbst. Nackt. Paula Modersohn-Becker und andere Künstlerinnen im Selbstakt. Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2013, ISBN 978-3-7757-3664-0
  • Dieter Wellershoff: "Was die Bilder erzählen. Ein Rundgang durch mein imaginäres Museum". Kiepenheuer & Witsch Verlag, 2013, ISBN 978-3-462-04555-0
  • A.E.I.O.U. Österreichische Aspekte in der Sammlung Würth. Swirdoff Verlag, 2013, ISBN 978-3-89929-272-5
  • Museum Angerlehner. Hirmer Verlag, Munich, ISBN 978-3-7774-2130-8
  • Holger Brülls: "Zeitgenössische Glasmalerei in Deutschland". Centre International du Vitrail, Chartres 2012, ISBN 978-2-908077-06-3
  • Burkhard Leismann und Martina Padberg (Hg.): Intimacy! Baden in der Kunst. Kunstmuseum Ahlen, 2010, ISBN 978-3-86832-020-6
  • Hans-Peter Wipplinger: "Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild. Das Portrait im Wandel der Zeit" Kunsthalle Krems, 2009, ISBN 978-3-901261-43-5
  • Christiane Lange/Florian Matzner (Hg.): Zurück zur Figur. Malerei der Gegenwart, Prestel Verlag Munich, 2006
  • Österreich: 1900 – 2000. Konfrontation und Kontinuitäten. Edition Sammlung Essl, 2005 ISBN 3-902001-27-5
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