Das Ökonomieballett

A performance. Adapted from Pierre Bal-Blanc after Fernand Legérs „Le Ballet Mécanique“, 1924


Franz Erhard Walther, who was honored with a Golden Lion for his life’s work at the Venice Art Biennale in 2017, completed his most recent “Gesamt-Kunstwerk” for the Erste Campus just a few weeks ago.

To celebrate this, the Kontakt Collection and the ERSTE Foundation are pleased to invite you to a performance “Das Ökonomieballett (The Economy Ballet)” by Franz Erhard Walther with a spatial work by Peter Kogler at the Atrium of the Erste Campus on Tuesday, 28 January 2020, at 6pm.

Franz Erhard Walther’s works are an integral part of the art in architecture (Kunst am Bau) project at the Erste Campus. His work Dreizehn Handlungsformen consists of variously hued pieces displayed on the walls of the office levels at the Erste Campus.

The upcoming performance, which involves 26 Erste Group employees, will activate and stage the “Work Pieces” (Werkstücke) that he developed for the Campus. Accompanying his performance will be a sound work by Matthieu Saladin as well as a new spatial work by Peter Kogler, who numbers among Austria’s most important present-day artists.

The performance will last one hour.

Picture in text: Franz Erhard Walther, Dreizehn Handlungsformen, 2015, Photo: © Steeve Beckouet

Cover picture: Peter Kogler, “Connected with …”, Kunsthaus Graz, 2019, Photo: © Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.