Heritage Day: “The Pit”
Land art project by Peter Noever

Open to the public!
Sunday, 29 September 2019
from 10am to 8pm

Architectural talk and guided tours at 2pm and 4pm (in good weather).

Spitalanger 32
7091 Breitenbrunn
Austria

The starting point of the land art project “The Pit” is a traditional wine cellar built more than 200 years ago. The more than 70 meter long passage way opens up to the heathland.

In 2019 Peter Noever’s land art project was placed under monument protection by the Austrian Federal Monuments Office BDA. Among the landmarked architectures selected for September 2019, “The Pit / Die Grube” is the only contemporary project in Burgenland.

Quotes

[...] Peter Noever‘s deft tectonic pit pulls earth art‘s singeing chestnuts out of the fire by confronting them with the test they could never abide, the test of use. Embracing the svelte historic forms of geometry elegant and simple, Noever assumes the art but spurns the ethic, slaking the thirst for more than Minimalism arouses. In his loopy magnificent Burgenland dacha, he 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 to a langorous yet electric tango of life floated to ritual. [...]

— Michael Sorkin — American architect, author, and educator based in New York City / text from the exhibition catalogue “UPSTAIRS DOWN”, published by Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 1994

My admiration for this great and internationally acclaimed landart project was endless. So far I had only known of comparable projects from the Engadin (artist Not Vital), from the West of Austria, Sussex in England (artist Antony Gormley) and from Marfa in Texas (artist Donald Judd).

Christine König — Christine König Gallery was founded in 1989 in Vienna.