Quirin Krumbholz was born in Munich, Germany and is currently living and working in Vienna, Austria
His work covers an interdisciplinary research on art, design, architecture and technology. While lifting borders between the different fields, he is creating unexpected and meaningful transverse links between objects, subjects, theories and artisanry.
He studied at the Bauhaus University Weimar and 'dieAngewandte' - University for Applied Arts, Studio Wolf D. Prix, in Vienna and gained professional & international experience, working for Coop-Himmelblau as a Design Architect for 10 years, co-founded Team Wien, a non-profit organisation for collaborative urban planning, co-founded the artistic collective MADAME as well as MADAME Architects ZT-GmbH together with Rupert Zallmann and created the exclusive design brand BUSTER BANG. He was teaching at 'dieAngewandte', University for Applied Arts Vienna, at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at the UCLA Future Lab in Munich. He is a licensed Architect at the Bavarian chamber of Architects in Germany since 2014.
While participating in multiple shows in the architectural context over the last 10 years and exhibiting his co-lead artistic research project 'fluid bodies', funded by the FWF PEEK program between 2018 and 2020, he had his first solo exhibition 'north of nothing' with personal artworks in Vienna in 2022. Parts of it were featured in the same year at the VRHAM in Hamburg and at the Progress in Architecture conference at Belvedere 21 in Vienna.
A big acknowledgement goes to all my colleagues at MADAME since 2009, especially to my longtime partner Rupert Zallmann as well as Thomas Buseck, Marco Dessi, Eva Diem, Voislav Djukic, Lukas Galehr, Sophia Gatzkan, Fritjof Giese, Daniel Kerbler, August Kocherscheidt, Tanja Lightfoot, Alexander Ott, Valerie Messini, Damjan Minovski, Philipp Reinsberg and Peter Vikar for their countless hours, providing expertise on aesthetics and making my time!
For a comprehensive project documentation, please refer to the Archives
Insights in my working philosophy
'Ethics and aesthetics are one and the same' ¹
'Act always so as to increase the number of choices' ²
New technologies and manufacturing processes are the main resource for the progress of innovation. Those innovations can only be achieved via artistic and scientific research or experiments.
Collaboration with experts from different fields is essential for progress. Sharing knowledge among other professionals is fundamental for a common evolution.
If applied properly, all materials have the same architectural & artistic value, regardless of their commercial price. Preference is given to materials and manufacturing processes that are advantageous towards their CO2 footprint and health values, especially favoured by locally available products and craftsmanship.
Architecture, design & art are languages that can evoke emotional perceptions like harmony, creativity, happiness, beauty, poetry, complexity, humour, provocation, culture, magic, madness and many more.
¹ Wittgenstein, Tractatus: 6.421 | ² Heinz von Förster