out‾of the blue, Die Grube / The Pit [ Art and Architecture Out There ]

Exhibition at the gallery Raumburgenland Contemporary,Eisenstadt, Austria November 5, 2021 – May 20, 2022

Die Grube/The Pit, situated at the interface between two world cultures, at a geopolitical intersection, at the beginning of the Eurasian Steppe, is Peter Noever’s “work in progress.” out ̄of the blue provides a first-ever representative overview of the still-to-be-realized projects here, including The Tower and House with Boat. Despite ongoing, polemically charged pushback, Noever continues steadfastly in pursuit of their realization.

“With the complete ‘leveling’ of Vienna’s Ringstraße doomed to remain an urban reform utopia for the time being, 1970 saw Peter Noever commence realization of his visionary landscape architecture project Die Grube/The Pit in Breitenbrunn, Burgenland. This project is about no less than overcoming the Ringstraße and the structural and ideational inversion of the round dumpling-topology (convex) to create a pit (concave). Burgenland, traditionally a region that Austrian modernism has tended to neglect, thereby became the site of an antagonistically tinged dialogue with Viennese modernism and its both cultural and ideological ‘Ring- centeredness.’ Noever’s Pit represents his negation of the ‘Ring structure,’ indeed being recognizable in its revolutionary aspect as an ‘Anti-Ring.’ Die Grube/The
Pit is Noever’s ‘work in progress,’ having expanded continually over the decades since its inception in 1971. Via this expansion, Noever also proclaims his underlying architectural and design-aesthetic idea of a radically open process that can never be completed, only discontinued.”

— Gabriel Ramin Schor (Cover-Text "out of the blue, 2021", SCHLEBRÜGGE.EDITOR)



Original Version in German:
„Die Grube/The Pit ist Noevers Work in Progress. Mit out of the blue liegt nun erstmals eine representative Übersicht der noch zu realisieren- den Projekte wie Der Turm und Haus mit Boot vor. Unbeirrbar hält
Peter Noever trotz anhaltender Polemiken an deren Realisierung fest.

Da die restlose Schleifung der Wiener Ringstraße vorerst eine utopische Urbanreform bleiben wird, hat Peter Noever bereits im Jahre 1970 damit begonnen, sein visionäres Landschaftsarchitektur-Projekt Die Grube/The Pit im burgenländischen Breitenbrunn zu realisieren. Es handelt sich um nicht weniger als die Überwindung der Ringstraße, um die strukturelle und ideelle Inversion der runden Knödel-Topologie (konvex) in die Grubenform (konkav). Das traditionell von der österreichischen Moderne eher vernachläßigte Burgenland wurde so zum Schauplatz eines – antagonistisch geprägten – Dialogs mit der Wiener Moderne und seinem kulturideologischen Ring-Zentrismus. Noevers „Grube“ stellt seine Negation der Ring-Struktur dar, ist in seinem revolutionären Moment erst als Anti- Ring erkennbar. Die Grube/The Pit ist Noevers Work in Progress, insofern als es im Jahre 1971 einsetzt und seitdem, seit Jahrzehnten, permanente Erweiterung findet. Darin bekundet Noever auch seine architektur- und designästhetische Grundidee von einem radikal offenen Prozess, der nie zum Abschluss, sondern nur zum Abbruch gelangen kann.“
Gabriel Ramin Schor
(Klappentext Buch „out of the blue, 2021“, SCHLEBRÜGGE.EDITOR)

Proposal for "out‾of the blue", at Architektur Raumburgenland, Eisenstadt, Austria, 2021 © archive studio no/ever
Proposal for "out‾of the blue", at Architektur Raumburgenland, Eisenstadt, Austria, 2021 © archive studio no/ever

The Exhibition

In the Architekturgalerie RAUMBURGENLAND contemporary, in the centre of Eisenstadt, models, objects, plans, drawings and photos created especially for this occasion will be presented from November 5th, 2021 to May 20th, 2022. The Pit is the centerpiece of the exhibition and the publication of the same name out‾of the blue – Art + Architecture Out There.

The book out‾of the blue – Art + Architecture Out There, published by Schlebrügge.Editor Publishing House, provides the first opportunity to discover Peter Noever's extensive oeuvre in Breitenbrunn.

The exhibition in the Architekturgalerie RAUMBURGENLAND contemporary, which is taking place within the framework of 100 Jahre Burgenland (100 Years of Burgenland), and the current publication simultaneously provide an impulse for an intensive examination of art, architecture and landscape in this region.

“Peter Noever has made not simply a site, an armature for spectatorship, but has crafted a place. Here’s the difference: Noever’s work tests not the edge of sculpture but the edge of architecture. The arts of habitation are not excluded but attenuated, made to dance a languorous yet electric tango of life floated to ritual.”

— Michael Sorkin   architect, author and educator, New York

Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, Austria, 2018 © archive studio no/ever
Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, Austria, 2018 © archive studio no/ever

Perhaps Dennis Hopper wouldn’t have been able to remember it anymore, but it would have been an easy ride on the Toilet with Concrete Plateau just above The Pit in Breitenbrunn. And perhaps, thus seated, he would have taken a photo of the large cast occupying Walter Pichler’s Sitting Pits— of all those who sat there, planning the future. And would’ve then, orienting himself on the familiar Airstream trailer and flanked by the white wings, headed down the steps—into The Pit, into the old Wine Cellar, in order to drink a simple eighth of a liter from the new glass and then, led by the tunnel, to arrive at the Cube, from whose roof he would have seen Rudolf M. Schindler’s slab, as fragmentary as it was broadly foundational, and the cubes for intense sitting, and—the lake at his back—the quarry’s grounds and walls: out of the blue, into the whatever. At some point, the director’s cut will get worked on—but until that time, filming will continue, various tables will be occupied, provisional penalty kicks will be awarded, and toasts will waft up to heaven, which can only be approached by constantly questioning it anew.

Markus Mittringer, 2021

<p>Der Turm / The Tower (model of solid steel, scale 1:33, height: 76 cm/30 in), 1990 © Photo: Gerald Zugmann</p>
<p>Peter Noever, House with Boat, 2021, Vienna (model made from wood and silver leaf, 27 x 46 cm / 10.5 x 18 in, 17 cm/6.5 in high) © archive studio no/ever</p>
<p>Cube XXXVII, Breitenbrunn, Austria © Photo: Gerald Zugmann</p>
<p>Cube XXXVII, View from above with exterior stairs and skylight, steel model © archive studio no/ever</p>
<p>Aerial view of 36 Cubes, Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, Austria, Peter Noever © archive studio no/ever</p>
<p><span>36 Cubes, Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, Austria, Peter Noever © archive studio no/ever</span></p>
<p>Quarry Passageway, Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, 2019 © archive studio no/ever</p>
<p>Wing-Stairs, Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, Austria © Photo: Gerald Zugmann, Archive studio no/ever</p>
<p>Aerial view, Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, Austria, 1972 © Foto: Brian Spence; Archive studio no/ever</p>
<p>Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, Austria © Photo: Brian Spence</p>
<p>Die Grube / The Pit, Peter Noever / Aerial View, 2019, Breitenbrunn Austria  © archive studio no/ever</p>
<p>Lake View, Die Grube / The Pit, Breitenbrunn, Austria © Gerald Zugmann</p>

The Publication

The publication out‾of the blue - Art + Architecture Out There, published by Schlebrügge.Editor Publishing House, provides the first opportunity to discover Peter Noever's comprehensive oeuvre in Breitenbrunn.

In this book, the provocative, indefatigable initiator and director emeritus MAK Vienna / Los Angeles reveals his intentions towards art and architecture in an in-depth conversation. In addition, future projects are highlighted as well as a comprehensive inventory of the Land Art project, with previously unpublished drawings, photos and documents.

Pioneering art and architecture theorists such as Michael Sorkin and Marc Leschelier, as well as art and culture publicist Markus Mittringer, shape the content of out‾of the blue - Art + Architecture Out There.

In addition to a series of artists' interventions such as those by Walter Pichler and Six & Petritsch, outstanding figures of the art and cultural scene such as Bernard Rudofsky, Carlo Scarpa, James Turrell and Achille Castiglioni dealt with Noever's intervention in the pannonian quarry landscape.

Excerpt of the 8 page conversation between Peter Noever and Klaus-Jürgen Bauer, out‾of the blue, 2021 © archive studio no/ever
Excerpt of the 8 page conversation between Peter Noever and Klaus-Jürgen Bauer, out‾of the blue, 2021 © archive studio no/ever

With Text contributions by:
Interview by Klaus-Jürgen Bauer with Peter Noever
Sergej Bugaev Afrika, Kristin Feireiss, Marc Leschelier, Mark Mack, Markus Mittringer, Peter Noever, Carlo Scarpa, Rudolf M. Schindler, Michael Sorkin, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Bernard Rudofsky;

Language: English / Interview DE+EN
17 × 24 cm, 128 pages with 212 illustrations in color and b/w
Published on November 4, 2021 on the occasion of the exhibition "out‾of the blue – Die Grube / The Pit" at Architektur Raumburgenland, Eisenstadt.

ISBN 978-3-903172-86-9
€ 24,00 [A] € 23,30 [D]

Publisher: SCHLEBRÜGGE.EDITOR