Ilse Haider

(born 1965 in Salzburg)

Ilse Haider focuses on photography and her photographic works use three dimensional surfaces. She has received a number of awards for her work and her work has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. 

Ilse Haider completed her art studies in 1988 at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under the direction of Arnulf Rainer. From 1988 to 1990 she completed additional studies at the Royal College of Art under the tutelage of Eduardo Paolozzi. Between 1995 und 2001 she taught at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz inLinz, Austria.

In 2003 she was awarded the Kunstpreis der Stadt Wien. Her photographic works are distinguished by the use of three-dimensional surfaces, achieved by the use of innovative methods in combination with traditional photographic technique. The content of her artwork often emphasizes the subject of "Man and Woman". Her 2012 exhibit, 'Mr. Big' at the "Naked Men" ("Nackte Männer") exposition in the Leopold Museum (Vienna) has caused considerable local controversy.



Four art works  belong to the “Celebrity Selfies series“ and two portraits are made in the traditional way. In terms of the selfie series I want to add that I intentionally modified the well known images of the celebrities in a contemporary photographic manner. I combine art and style-techniques to determine my novel image language. It’s key target is to provide the viewers with a focus on the celebrities personalities that is not reproducing uniqueness. In contrary, the visual strategy within the selfie series provides similarity and exchangeability thus bringing the celebrities images closer to each other. Two portraits, Garbo and Callas have painted stripes on the wooden board, which gives an extra blurring, colourful image with OP Art reference.


1983–88  studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, with Arnulf Rainer

1988–90  studies at the Royal College of Art, London, with Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

1995–2001 Lecturer at the University of Art and Design Linz



2011   Otto-Breicha-Prize for Photographic Art

2005   frauen.kunst.preis 2005

2003   Preis der Stadt Wien

1995   Bürgerpreis with Anish Kapoor [2]

           Romerquelle Fordpreis

           Publikumspreis, 6. Triennale der Kleinplastik,

           Forum der Sudwest-LB, Stuttgart

1993   Jahresstipendium des Landes Salzburg



Alianz Versicherung, Berlin, D

Arbeiterkammer, Wien, A

Arthothek des Bundes, Wien, A

Bank Austria Ceditanstalt, Wien, A

International Contemporary Art Foundation, Louisville, KY

Landesgalerie am OO Landesmuseum, Linz, A

Lentos Kunsmuseum, Linz, A

Leopold Museum, Vienna, A

Musa, Sammlung zeitgenossischer Kunst

der Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, A

Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, Karnten, A

Museum Moderner Kunst Karnten, Klagenfurt, A

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, A

Osterreichische Fotogalerie. Museum der Moderne Salzburg/

Fotosammlung des Bundes, Salzburg,A

Osterreichische Galerie im Belvedere, Wien, A

Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, A

Schoeller Bank, Wien, A

Wiener Stadtische Versicherung, Wien, A



2015   le circuit heroesque,Galerie Steinek, Wien

2014   nackt/naked, DavisKlemmGallery, München

2013   facebook_NS, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg

go to reference, Galerie Steinek, Wien

2012   Neues Altes, DavisKlemmGallery, Wiesbaden

2011   Otto Breicha-Preis für Fotokunst, Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum,Salzburg  facebook_NS,                                           Ausstellungspavillon/Vogelhaus/Mirabellgarten, Salzburg 

2010   Good to see you, Galerie der Stadt Fellbach, Stuttgart 

2006   Mr. Big, Galerie Steinek, Wien

2003   Galerie Erhard Witzel, Wiesbaden 

2002   Die tröstende Camera, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, WUK, Wien.


GROUP SHOWS (selection)

2017   Rarity Summer Contemporary, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos,  Greece

2016   Rarity Summer Contemporary, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos,  Greece

2016   Mumok, Wien; Essl Museum,  Klosterneuburg, Stadtgalerie  Salzburg,

2015   MUSA, Wien; Städtische Galerie, Wangen; Galerie Jünger, Wien;

2014   Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg; Galerie Jünger, Wien; Galerie im Traklhaus,Salzburg

2013   Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus; 21er Haus, Wien; Fotohof     Atterseehalle;Kunstverein Bad Nauheim; Österr. Kulturforum,     Belgrad

2012  Leopold Museum, Wien; Lentos Museum, Linz; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Schömer-Haus, Klosterneuburg

2011 Fotogalerie Wien Wuk; Neue Galerie Graz; Museum             moderner Kunst,Klagenfurt;

2010  Leopold Museum, Wien; Oberösterreichisches                     Landesmuseum, Linz; Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen; Kunstverein Schattendorf

2009   Kunsthalle Krems; Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum,   Salzburg; MNAC, Bukarest Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg; Temporary Gallery Cologne; Apartment Draschan,Wien;

2008   Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus; Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz; RSVP, International Contemporary Art Foundation, Louisville, KY;MUSA,Wien; Galerie Jünger, Baden; DOK, St. Pölten


"Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman", 2017
Foto: 1946, Notorious (Film), Ullstein Bild /

photographic emulsion on wood
90 x 125 x 8 cm



"Rita Hayworth", 2018
Foto: 1944, AKG-Images /

photographic emulsion on wicker canes, acrylic paint,
140 x 130 x 30cm