Galerie Rauminhalt is certainly extraordinary – you go into the light gallery rooms through the most b
eautiful entrance among the multitude of start-ups and classic establishments in lively Schleifmühlgasse. I have a meeting with the founder Harald Bichler and want to take a look behind the scenes for my latest WIEN PRODUCTS blog.
The Georgia Cremer exhibition is running during my visit. Organic paintings fill canvases or are abstracted as wallpaper patterns brought from the underground – even the seating takes this shape and form.
Everything is concentrated unemotionally – the observer has time and space to get to grips with what they see.
Harald Bichler comes up to me and we are already in the middle of a conversation. I would like to know how the gallery — founded in 2003 and with its unusual name and its unique concept in Austria — came to be and get a laugh and the sentence: “I really want to know a lot about everything.”
What he means by “everything” follows straight after. Harald Bichler liked to move furniture as a child and had special need to create harmony for objects in space. He wants to establish another way of looking at living via his gallery concept – a way to process it a practical, philosophical manner. He sees himself as an interface between architecture, furniture making and fine art and would like to change visitors’ perspectives.
He works with a wide range of artists and designers, such as Daniel Spoerri and Viennese designers such as Patrick Rampelotto and Sebastian Menschhorn and covers many different aspects of culture as a result. They provoke with their objects, reflect on new ways of living and understand the concept of interior living as art.
A group of students enter the gallery, as we talk to each other. They come from Salzburg and are studying Spatial Planning and Design at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. Curiosity attracted them to the exhibits and they start talking with the gallery owner and, with no further ado, ask questions, discuss positions and listen attentively.
He says it’s about exchange – dialog, explains Harald Bichler, after the students have moved on their way. “I often get visitors from Linz and Salzburg,” he states. On the one hand, he sees himself as a mediator between artists, craftsmen and customers. On the other, it’s about the excitement of living in the future. Materials – like wallpaper for exteriors are no longer science fiction, but reality. He says to me: “Changes in living and work locations require even more flexibility in living in the future.” Adding: “Rigid structures hurt.”
The people who come to Harald Bichler are people who are interested in unique living styles – after all, all of the exhibition pieces can be bought and individual items can also be made for customers.
I ask about his plans for this year and find out that there are between 12 and 20 different exhibitions a year – last year, there were 16.
In the near future, a book presentation on architecture from the 1970s is planned and the newest exhibition j
ust opened on June 6th – Jakob Gasteiger, born in Salzburg in 1953, will exhibit his works until the end of July. I take a quick look at the preview and am impressed. It will be an exciting summer at Galerie RAUMINHALT.
At the end of our conversation I ask Harald Bichler how he would describe his own style of living and get a clear answer: “There should be no restrictions and you need freedom in full consciousness of failure.”
A philosophical conclusion.
We say goodbye and I stand before the gray marble entrance, which stands out quite refreshingly from the masses of other doors.
The quality of the exhibition concepts means they are definitely worth a walk to Galerie Rauminhalt in Schleifmühlgasse.