I was particularly happy that Brigitte Kowanz immediately agreed when I asked her to make the Jewish Museum Vienna outwardly visible as a Viennese landmark at its location on Dorotheergasse. Brigitte Kowanz described the idea of accentuating the house with a light installation as follows: “After some consideration, I decided on the Hebrew script, which I find especially interesting. Its symbolic quality prompted me to base the installation entirely on this form of writing.” Brigitte Kowanz designed a neon script that stretched across part of the length of the façade: “Museon,” spelled out in Hebrew letters. Financed by the Friends of the Jewish Museum Vienna, it can be seen from afar on Dorotheergasse and will always be a reminder of the great Austrian artist.
As a professor of transmedia art at the University of Applied Arts, Brigitte Kowanz supported the Jewish Museum in a very special project: Together with our team, she closely accompanied Lukas Kaufmann’s light steles, entitled OT (Hebrew for sign or symbol), which stand throughout Vienna as symbols for the 25 Viennese synagogues destroyed during the November Pogrom of 1938.
For me, Brigitte Kowanz was not only one of the most interesting and outstanding artists, but also a longtime friend. In the spirit of optimism in the 1980s, the Wunderbar, the Schoko and other legendary bars of the art scene served as our meeting places. The fact that the Jewish Museum brought us even closer together in family terms was a very special way of rounding off our friendship. Brigitte’s son Adrian did his alternative civilian service at the museum with a lot of commitment, which also passed the good emotional connection on to the next generation. Our heartfelt condolences go out to him and the family. Brigitte stood out in the art world with her particularly lovable, calm, considerate and intelligent way. She will always remain unforgettable for me.