XIX • XX • XXI
This exhibition seeks to grasp the art history of three centuries through a discursive activation of paintings and sculptures of a sharp historical content. The works span the arc of Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller's longing view over the Vienna of the Secession, represented with a major work by Carl Moll and the interwar period with the work of the Hagenbund through outstanding painting by Hans Böhler, Viktor Tischler or Josef Floch, between Expression and New Objectivity by Alfons Walde. In the flood of revelry of Viennese Actionism, here Hermann Nitsch with a work from the 20th painting campaign in the Vienna Secession, as well as the eccentric Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austria experienced a cultural reaction to repressed fascism. The abstract Constructivism by Hildegard Joos, who initially focused on the informal avant - garde in France, and Fritz Wotruba, the new savages like Gunter Damisch became specific brands of Austrian art, including the Informel of Hans Staudacher and Kiki Kogelnik established international pop art.
Instructive cross-references, such as those by Gino Severini on Futurism or Sigmar Polke and Thomas Kaminsky on postmodern meta-painting, as well as Bettina Rheims' photographic work, complement the narrative line. With the "Sea III" by Austro-Argentinian Helmut Ditsch or Eduard Angeli's latest images of the lagoon of Venice, the view finally returns to the landscape horizon.