Biography of Sonia Leimer


Born in Italy 1977; lives and works in Vienna.

2000/01–2003/04 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Solo Exhibitions


BC, Berlin

LAMOA, Museum, Los Angeles

Undefiniertes Bauvorhaben, BIG, Salzburg


Träger, Artotek Köln, Köln

Space Holder, Gallery Nächst St. Stephan,Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

Bend a bow, Barbara Hammer, Sonia Leimer, Stephanie Taylor, MAK Center Garage Space, Los Angeles

Lungo quelle linee, Museion, Bozen (curated by Frida Carazzato)

2030(2010), Medienfassade Museion, Bozen (curated by Frida Carazzato)


Kunstverein Basis, Frankfurt

New Positions, artcologne, Cologne*

Undefinierte Bauvorhaben, BIG Kunst am Bau, Salzburg 


Neither in Motion nor at Rest, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna*

No Site to Fall in, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg


Series of successive instants, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Login, Vienna

Bar Restaurant 42, Bolzano, Italy (curated by Letizia Ragaglia)

To move in parallel, playing back from earlier, Saprophyt Project Space, Vienna


Elseworlds, Silo Laa, Art in Public Space Lower Austria (with Christian Mayer)*


The Last Museum, Bellstreet Project Space, Vienna

Selected Group Exhibitions


Lentos, Museum Linz, 

Villa Arson, Nizza


Moskau Biennale, Moskau

Bilder im Fluss, Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg

Members Club, Seccession, Wien

Kleiner als 10 cm, Wien Museum, Wien

Embassy goes contemporary, Berlin

In the shape of things to come, Vesch, Wien


Reverse Engineering, Paraflows 7, Festival für digitale Kulturen, Vienna

Zyklus 7.0, Stift Lilienfeld, Austria

Skulpture garden, Strombad Kritzendorf, Austria(curated by Magda Thotova und Veronika Hauer)

Panorama 4, Franzensfeste, Italy

Bertha von Suttner und der Kaukasus, Schloss Harmannsdorf, Austria (curated by Brigitte Huck)

Sleepwalking II, Freies Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany (curated by Amer Abbas)

Die Illustrierte Ausstellung, Kärnter Kunstverein, (curated by Catrin Bolt und Edith Payer)


Sonderausstellung, Dornbirn (curated by Severin Dünser)

Premio Moroso, Galeria comunale di arte Monfalcone, Monfalcone

Gruppenausstellung, Werkstatt, Graz


The world as a backdrop, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck*

Pro Choice, Kunstverein Schattendorf, Schattendorf

Art in Urban Transitions, Vienna art week, Vienna

Premio Cairo, La Permanente di Milano, Milan*

ASAP, Beijing*

The Invisible Play, Istanbul

Artisterium, Biennale, Tiflis

Fractional Systems. Garage Project II, Mackey Garages, Los Angeles*

Triennale Linz, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (curated by Nina Kirsch and Stella Rollig)*

Out there, out here, art in public space project, Bolzano, Italy (curated by Letizia Ragaglia)

A talk, Saprophyt Project Space, Vienna

The Bare House, Museum for Art, Pori, Finland


Art in Public Space, Vorgartenstraße 128, Vienna (curated by Li Tasser)

Sleepwalking, Temporary Gallery Cologne (curated by Amer Abbas)

Audio Prop. See this sound, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (in collaboration with Female Obsession)

Not enough detail is given for a reconstruction, however, Künstlerhauspassage, Vienna (curated by Ursula Maria Probst)

Trick of Light, MOP, Sidney, Australia (curated by Marita Fraser)

Bulletin Board Blvd. 2, Pro Choice, Vienna


Urban Signs/Local Strategies. Art in Public Space, Vienna (curated by Ursula Maria Probst and Walter Seidl) 

Architecture, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz*

Alp-traum, Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy

Manifesta 7: Principle Hope. Manifestation, Rovereto, Italy (curated by The Office for Cognitive Urbanism)*

Reconstructed, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (curated by Antonia Lotz)*

13th Biennale Bjm, Bari, Italy

Groupshow, Bellstreet Project Space, nonartfair, Vienna

Perception and Utopia, traveling exhibition: Kerava Art Museum, Pärnu Art Museum, Rovaniemi Museum of Modern Art (curated by Pirkko Siitari and Annu Willenius)

Images 2, Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève (Pôle Artmedia), Galerie Forde (curated by Daniel Baumann)


Images, Bauernmarkt 1, Vienna (curated by Spike Art Magazine)

The Theater, Graz (in collaboration with Steirischer Herbst)

Show at Max-Winter-Platz 13/41, Vienna (with Catrin Bolt)

Kairos, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

This is Happening, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna (curated by Fiona Liewehr and Martin Guttmann)*

Group Show, Tanzquartier Vienna

Logbuch, Galerie 5020, Salzburg


Love after the cold war, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

Société des nations, factice et scindée en elle-même, Circuit, Lausanne

Mongolia: Perception and Utopia, Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (organized by the Kerava Museum, Helsinki)*


Parachute Pavilion, New York (organized by the Van Alen Institute, New York)*


Living Room, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Condensed community, Ottakring, Vienna (in collaboration with the Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)


Schmarotzer, annual exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna*


The Rabin Square Design Competition, Künstlerhaus, Vienna

Awards and Grants

2011 Paul Flora Prize, 2011 Audi Award for New Positions Cologne, 2010 Shortlistet for the Premio Cairo, 2009 State Scholarship for Fine Arts, 2007 Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Grant, 2005 MAK Schindler Scholarship, 2004 Carl Appel Prize, 2002 Pfann Ohmann Prize, 2001 The Rabin Square Design Competition: First Prize

Representet by the Gallery

Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Gallery Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna

Publications and Mentions

Domus, Quart, Texte zur Kunst, FAZ, Der Standard, Die Presse, Kurier, Artmagazine, Spike, Bauforum, Dérive, LA Weekly, Springerin, Kunstforum, Falter


Bend a Bow, Mak Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles 2012

Lungo quelle line, Museion, Bolzano

Neither in Motion nor at Rest, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna 2010

Chinese Wall. M, artist book, Schlebrügge Editor, Vienna 2009

Perception and Utopia, Kerava Museum, Helsinki 2008

Skizzen des Verschwindens, Theatercombinat, Revolver Verlag, Berlin 2008

Images, Spike – Galerie Forde, Vienna/Geneva

This is happening, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Schlebrügge Editor, Vienna 2007

EUROPAN 8 – European Urbanity. European Results, 2006

Parachute Pavilion, Van Alen Institute, 2006