AUSTRIAN MASTERS

Apéro: Sat, March 16, 2017, 11–3 • Duration: 21.03.–20.05.2017

Günter Brus, Christian Eisenberger, Adolf Frohner, Bruno Gironcoli, Franz Graf, Zenita Komad, Elke Krystufek, Maria Lassnig, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch, Friederike Pezold, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Rudolf Polanszky, Arnulf Rainer, VALIE EXPORT, Franz West, Heimo Zobernig

The exhibition “Austrian Masters” illustrates artist and artist-group, who have been working in an interdisciplinary fields described as “performative-provocational-aesthetics". The temporal focus is on the Vienna Actionism, as well as on contemporaries and successors of related Austrian art movements, through to current positions.

By works by Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, and other Viennese artists active at that time, which included Adolf Frohner, Friederike Pezold, Arnulf Rainer oder VALIE EXPORT we will show the most important avant-garde movements.

The succeeding generation includes Maria Lassnig, Rudolf Polanszky and Franz West, who are represented in the exhibition. Many works, such as Franz West’s “adaptives”—his Passstücke and Labstücke, as well as his overall artistic concept, could never have emerged in their original, in part very “Austrian”-specific way, without the legacy of Vienna Actionism. Maria Lassnig takes a special position. Her works reflect the ambivalence between her internal reality and the external reality.

The works of Rudolf Polanszky resemble language and employ a succession or an arrangement of signs and symbols, yet without taking immediate recourse to terminology, and without claiming to provide a direction in the relationship between cause and effect, allowing the concepts of cause and effect to remain open. Reality as a principle is replaced by the performance of reality, including our capacity and mechanisms of representation interpretation. (Cem Angeli)

Christian Eisenberger, Elke Krystufek and Zenita Komad represent current positions, whose artistic approach implies an interdisciplinary and performative level. Characteristic for the work of Christian Eisenberger is his all-encompassing art concept. Subtle interventions in nature or actions in public spaces around the world are just as important in his work as painting and the insertion of his own body. With Zenita Universe, Zenita Komad succeeded in creating not only an artwork, but also a label.

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ART & ANTIQUE Salzburg
Residenz Salzburg
08. - 17. April 2017

ART COLOGNE 2017
26.04.–29.04.2017
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
with the friendly assistance of
Sponsorloge

Austrian Masters
from 1900 until today
16.03.–20.05.2017

Konzett Concept Concert
KCC no. 10
Beauty
Concert date: June 1, 2017
curated by
Philipp Konzett (visual arts) & Michael Mautner (music)
staring Michaela Selinger mezzosoprano

Foto: Jonas Holthaus © Michaela Selinger

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