Rudolf Polanszky


After the solo exhibitions Translinear Structures in the Dominican Bastion in Krems and Eidola in the Vienna Secession, the exceptional Austrian artist Rudolf Polanszky made the leap into the international art world.

Together with Franz West, he has been represented by the world's largest gallery, Gagosian, since 2019. Polanszky was rescued in Vienna in 1951 and has been working as a freelance artist since the mid-1970s, when he created his first conceptual works such as pig-fat drawings. In the 1980s, the topic of avoiding constructed aesthetics through the principle of randomness was added to his work.

 Starting with the reconstructions, Polanszky worked primarily with selected waste materials from the 1990s, which he transformed into new structures as wall objects and in sculptural form.

Polanszky's favourite media include plexiglass, metal, mirror film, synthetic resin, wire and foam, which he decouples in processing from its original purpose or intended use and thus frees it. The artist calls this decoupling and its spontaneous assembly into new contexts an ad hoc synthesis.

With such works, Polanszky's art has long been recognized in Austria and internationally over the past few years.