The two artists were not only bound in great respect for each other, their oeuvres too have certain similarities. There may be a clear contrast as to their techniques. While Kienzer largely makes use of prefabricated materials, Gironcoli formed everything down to the last detail himself. But they both keep returning to the same, or similar, subjects. The precise and concentrated work on the object, coupled with a strong sensibility for the exhibition space, makes their works very special indeed in the world of sculpture.
Bruno Gironcoli was born in Villach, Carinthia, in 1936. He studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna from 1957 to 59 and again from 1961 to 62. The year between he spent in Paris. From 1977 to 2004, he was professor and head of the school of sculpture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, in 1989 was the recipient of the Erste Allgemeine Generali Foundation Sculpture Prize, in 1993 of the Grand Austrian State Prize, in 1997 of the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. He died in Vienna on February 19, 2010. Selected international exhibitions of the latter years: 2003 50th Biennale di Venezia, Austrian Pavilion (Curator: Kasper König, Museum Ludwig, Cologne); 2003 C’est arrivé demain, Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (Curator: Anne Pontégnie); 2005 Bruno Gironcoli Frühe Arbeiten, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna; 2007 Bruno Gironcoli 11 Skulpturen, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen; 2008 The Third Mind. Carte Blanche to Ugo Rondinone, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 2008 Modelle und Prototypen, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman – Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck; 2012 Bruno Gironcoli Cavalcade, sculptures et dessins 1963–2001, MOMCA, Geneva; 2013 Gironcoli: Context, orangery and garden at Museum Belvedere, Vienna.
Michael Kienzer, born in Steyr, Upper Austria, in 1962, now lives and works in Vienna. In 2001, he was awarded the Otto Mauer Prize, in 2012 the Austrian Art Prize in Visual Arts, and in 2013 the Art Austria Award in the category Established. Numerous international exhibitions and public space projects since 1984: 2005 Neue Immobilien MAK Vienna; 2007 Vor Ort Museum für Gegenwartskunst Stift Admont; 2009 Out site_02 MUMOK Vienna; 2010 Malerei: Prozess und Expansion MUMOK Vienna; 2010 Triennale Linz; 2010 Linea Kunsthaus Zug; 2011 Fünf Räume Austrian Cultural Forum New York; 2011 54. Biennale di Venezia Glasstress Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti; 2012 Logik und Eigensinn Kunsthaus Graz.