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Peter Noever

Vienna , Austria
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Peter Noever (born 1 May 1941) is an Austrian designer and curator–at–large of art, architecture and media. From 1986 to 2011 he was the artistic director and CEO of MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art in Vienna.

In 1971 he founded a concept store in Vienna, called “Section N”. The building was designed by Hans Hollein. From 1975 to 1993 Noever worked as a lecturer of design analysis at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. In 1982 he founded an architecture magazine titled UMRISS (Outline); he was From 1989 he was publisher and editor-in-chief of UMRISS, which lasted until 1994. From 1988 to 1989 he was visiting professor of museology at the Academy of Applied Arts, Vienna. Since 1997 Noever has belonged to the “Kurie für Kunst und Wissenschaft”, the most prestigious award for science and arts in Austria.

In 1994 Noever founded the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, with its Schindler Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program in West Hollywood (Los Angeles), adding to it the MAK program UFI – Urban Future Initiative in 2010. The activities of the MAK Center in Los Angeles take place at three locations, all buildings designed by the pioneering Austrian-American architect Rudolph M. Schindler (1887–1953). The third Schindler building, the Fitzpatrick-Leland House on Mulholland Drive, was entrusted to Peter Noever in 2008 as a donation of film producer Russ Leland for the MAK Center in Los Angeles. Noever also initiated and artistically oversaw the renovation of the Kings Road House (Schindler House) in West Hollywood and the Mackey Apartments (which are used for the residency program). In 2010, he also—together with architects Michael Ferguson and Kirby Smith (Space International Inc.)—completed the Mackey Apartments’ new garage structure including the “Garage Top.”

As an exhibition creator, Noever has conceived and/or curated over 350 exhibitions in Vienna as well as in Los Angeles, Venice, New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Berlin, Prague, Brtnice, Budapest, Shenzhen (China), St. Petersburg, Havana, and elsewhere. The MAK satellite project CAT – Contemporary Art Tower (with artistic interventions by Jenny Holzer and James Turrell) for the flak tower at Vienna's Arenberg Park could not be fully realized. He has overseen placement of over 20 sculptures in the public space and/or staged temporary public space interventions in Vienna, Los Angeles, and Venice. Most recently: Zaha Hadid, Trompe l’Oeil at the Winter Palace (City Palace) of Prince Eugene at the Belvedere, Vienna, 2015.

Vienna , Austria
Bostjan, August 21st, 2020