Moira Zoitl: Küchen Torso – On Reducing the Number of Steps

Moira Zoitl; curated by Katharina Koch and Felicita Reuschling

exhibition, events series

Moira Zoitl, „Küchen Torso – von der Reduzierung der Schritte“, Installationsansicht „Domestic Utopias“, nGbK 2013 Foto: Ralf Hoedt


7.9.-18.10.2019 //
Wed-Sat // 16:00-19:00


6.9.2019 // 19:00


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Fotos: Marie-Luise Birkholz

two-part video installation, 2013

The two-part video installation focuses on the so-called “Frankfurt Kitchen,” developed by Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in 1926; the Frankfurt Kitchen is considered the blueprint for the modern fitted kitchen. Kitchen Torso evokes the systematic studies of the rationalisation of housework conducted in the early 20th century; these studies were inspired by Taylorist methods. Formally, the Study: Kitchen Torso refers to the Belvedere Torso [1], whose expressive features are said to result from the absence of limbs. The actress takes the position of the torso sitting on a stool. The movement of her back muscles indicates the various activities in the kitchen. It shows an abstract image of the canon of activity in the kitchen.

Thanks to: Stiftung Haus Schminke, Löbau
[1] A work by Apollonius of Athens from the first century B.C., now located at the Vatican Museum.

Moira Zoitl’s video works and installations, films and participatory projects evolve around the subjects of migration, urban development, gender, questions of (auto-)biographical and identity. In 2004 she recieved the Austrian Federal Stipend for Fine Arts. In 2001 Zoitl had her first solo show at Kunstverein Wolfsburg. Furthermore she exhibited at Steirischen Herbst, Graz (2000, 2016), 3. Guangzhou Triennale in China (2008), Festival Rencontres Internationales in Paris (2011) and Videonale.16 at Kunstmuseum Bonn (2017). Last: «Reframing Worlds – Mobilität und Gender aus postkolonial, feministischer Perspektive», Galerie im Körnerpark & nGbK Berlin (2017/2018). «Moira Zoitl—According to blueprint», Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin, D (2018/2019) & Stadtgalerie Lehen Salzburg, A (2018)

Presentation of parts of the exhibition VOM ERSTEN WIENER KÜCHENPATENT ZUR FRANKFURTER KÜCHE – work and life by architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (first presented at Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Raum, Vienna, 21.1. – 24.6.2016 © Christine Zwingl, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Club)

The exhibition takes place in the frame of the series „Feministische Wohngeschichte(n) für die Zukunft. Berlin, Bauhaus und darüber hinaus“ (6.9.-18.10.2019).

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