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Art Spaces

Installations by Iris von Herpen and Rhea Thierstein

Spaces within spaces: they are one of the architectural trademarks of Swarovski 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.

Radiant Light

by Rhea thierstein - until end of February 2020

For the displays and windows of the Stores in Vienna, Wattens, and Innsbruck, Swarovski called in the celebrated British set designer Rhea Thierstein, whose creative expertise has resulted in a series of festive installations entitled “Radiant Light,” telling stories that tug at the heartstrings, and shining a special light on the emotional appeal of crystal in this darkest season of the year. The installations can be seen until February 2020.

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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.