TV-Helm (Tragbares Wohnzimmer)

© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Photo: Werner Kaligofsky

Walter Pichler

TV-Helm (Tragbares Wohnzimmer), 1967

Sculpture Polyester, varnished white, integrated TV-monitor with TV connection 59 x 120 x 43 cm


Artwork text

The TV-Helmet or Portable Living Room, as it is also called, was Pichler’s reaction to the “political art” called for at the end of the 1960s. He was of the opinion that this criticism should start directly with the new media—television and telecommunications—which were just coming into their own at the time. Pichler’s fictive scenarios have already become reality: the TV-Helmet anticipated the data goggles of cyberspace. According to Pichler, an ensemble is created when it is combined with the standard suit, which provides for so-called body applications—finger and knee tauteners and integrated stereo radios. “We have regarded clothing as being the first layer of the architecture: clothing as the first covering and only then the room.” (Sabine Breitwieser/Nadja Wiesener)

Lending history
2022 Munich, DE, Museum Brandhorst 2020 Hertogenbosch, NL, Design Museum Den Bosch 2018 London, GB, Design Museum 2013 Humblebaek, DNK, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 2013 Stockholm, SE, Moderna Museet 2011 Łódź, POL, Museum Sztuki 2010 Graz, AT, Kunsthaus am Landesmuseum Joanneum 2010 Basel, CH, Museum Tinguely 2009 Rovereto, IT, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART) 2008 Bolzano, IT, Museion 2008 London, GB, Victoria and Albert Museum 2008 Innsbruck, AT, Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum 2007 Berlin, DE, Contemporary Fine Arts 2006 Vienna, AT, Kunsthalle 2005 Rotterdam, NL, Witte de With 2.OG 2005 Zagreb, CRO, Galerija Klovicevi Dvori 2005 Munich, DE, Haus der Kunst 2001 Paris, F, Centre Georges Pompidou (MNAM)