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Art Spaces

Installations by Iris van Herpen and Philipp Fürhofer

Spaces within spaces: they are one of the architectural trademarks of the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Wien. The art spaces illustrate the link between Vienna City Center’s popular shopping mile and Swarovski’s shimmering shopping worlds, but they are far more than a conceptual parallel: They are a platform for artists.

GLITTERING STARS CROWN THE PRINCESSES
OF THE VIENNA OPERA BALL

A new display created by Philipp Fürhofer features the Swarovski tiara designed by Monsieur Christian Lacroix

EDGES OF INFINITY

until February 29, 2020

The whole of Vienna is dancing towards the highlight of the ball season: at this year’s Vienna Opera Ball, the radiant debutantes vying to outshine each other will be wearing a Swarovski tiara designed by Monsieur Christian Lacroix. This superb headpiece is on display now in the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store in Kärntner Straße – in a setting designed by the artist Philipp Fürhofer, which also includes a fascinating special effect. 

The legendary French designer Christian Lacroix took his inspiration from the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.”   

Berlin painter and stage designer Philipp Fürhofer takes up the idea of the starry sky, and also the ambivalence of the Queen of the Night, in his installation: “A key theme of The Magic Flute is the ambivalence of good and evil, the two sides of the Queen of the Night. Similarly, the art space at the Store has two different aspects, created using a two-way mirror, with the Swarovski tiara in the center; the fiery Queen of the Night appears, enthroned on the crescent moon, covering the sun with her cloak of stars, and reveals the infinity of the cosmos.”

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Biomorphism

by Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen takes her inspiration for the work called “Biomorphism” from living organisms and patterns found in nature. She forms them into hypnotic installations in which she demonstrates the performance of femininity. Originally from the world of fashion design, van Herpen’s installations for the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Wien use a wide variety of media to express the basic themes of movement and transformation.

The installations are realized in collaboration with Rhea Thierstein.


"Infinity" und "Micro"
Those cubes show elaborately handmade Couture dresses in the typical style of the Dutch designer.

„Visualizing the invisible“
A larger-than-life glass sculpture of a ghostly female face was created in collaboration with the Tyrolean glass artist Bernd
Weinmayer.

„Cymatic“
Van Herpen enters unusual terrain in “Cymatic,” a kinetic photo installation that explores he flow – and the disruption – of a dancing body and a piece of clothing.

InstallationS

Spread over three floors of the store, there are installations of various artists and innovations made out of and using crystal.