Maria Biljan-Bilger

b. 21 January 1912 in Radstadt (A); d. 1 May 1997 in Munich (D); Austrian sculptor and artist working in ceramics and textiles for the applied arts

1947 Co-foundress of the Art-Club and participant in the first exhibitions in Vienna and Rome, later Turin

Co-foundress of the Austrian Society for Architecture

Exhibitions and Symposia:

1950/54Participation in the Venice Biennale
1952 First solo exhibition in Strohkoffer, the Art-Club's exhibition venue in Vienna
1961 Invited by Karl Prantl to take part in the 3rd International Sculpture Symposium in the quarry at St. Margarethen in Burgenland; also invited to stage a solo exhibition at the Galerie Welz in Salzburg, opened by Roland Rainer
1969/71/72Participation in the sculpture symposia in Oggelshausen in southern Germany, Labin in Istria and Tivoli near Rome, at which she created large-scale sculptures
1970-1987  Took over the organization of the Symposium of European Sculptors in St. Margarethen in Burgenland
1978A solo exhibition was dedicated to her in the Sculptors' House in St. Margarethen in Burgenland
1986 The biggest solo exhibition dedicated to her works to date took place in the castle and grounds of the Ethnographic Museum in Schloss Kittsee in Burgenland, opened by Hertha Firnberg
1995 Construction starts of the Maria Biljian-Bilger exhibition hall in Sommerein