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Sonia Leimer & Christian Kosmas Mayer
33 Orchard, NYC

Verlag für moderne Kunst was pleased to present a two personexhibition by Sonia Leimer & Christian Kosmas Mayer at 33 Orchard in New York City from June 16 – 30, 2017. 

The show launched the release of the artists’ recent publications with Verlag für moderne Kunst – a vinyl record by the two person musical group "Essachai Vow", comprised of Mayer and Alexander Wolff, and Sonia Leimer’s catalogue "Autoterritorium", from her exhibition at Taxispalais Kunsthalle, Innsbruck. Alongside these publications, Verlag für moderne Kunst was presenting a broad selection of books. There was an opening reception on Thursday, June 29th, where the artists were present to discuss their latest projects.

Inspired by the gallery’s Chinatown neighborhood, Mayer and Leimer spent the following two weeks developing collaborative and individual works for the show, alongside their existing pieces.


33 Orchard, 33B Orchard Street, NY

Making of

Making of

Mayer presented an installation of wallpaper depicting Chinese decor, alluding to a specific early 19th century wallpaper produced by the French company Zuber & Cie. Mayer took the colonial woodblock-printed wallpaper origins and reduced the imagery by subtracting the color and details to black and white, thus pointing to the important role of such images in the beginning of what we call globalization today. 


Installation View

Sonia Leimer’s two silk-screens from her "Mickey Mouse" series were created in New York during her current residency at ISCP. Leimer used an image of a formation on the planet Mercury that resembles the face of Mickey Mouse, and then silkscreened it onto titanium foil produced by the European space agency, a highly resistant material used for space craft insulation.


"Mickey Mouse", book table and street view

Sonia Leimer lives and works in Vienna. She studied architecture at the Technical University and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Leimer exhibited her work internationally at numerous art institutions and museums. Leimer’s opens a show at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles July 8, 2017. Her show ”Autoterritorium” at Taxispalais Kunsthalle (March – June 2017), Innsbruck has been reviewed in Artforum‘s Critic’s Pick.

Christian Kosmas Mayer lives in Vienna and works variously with photography, video, sculpture, installation and performance. Known for his engagement with questions of memory, preservation and rediscovery, his works have been shown in numerous international institutions. Mayer was included in "Constructing Paradise", a group exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, February - April, 2017. 

Florian Nitsch, Lisa Seebach, Sonia Leimer, Georg Petermichl, Elli Kuruş, Christian Mayer

Manhattan Skyline

We had a great time – thanks to all!