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Solo show: Franz Ringel - Angst (over)

4 October 2007 until 3 November 2007
  Franz Ringel
Franz Ringel
"Angst-Kurve", Mischtechnik auf Papier, 56 x 46 cm
2007 Hilger modern

Hilger modern
Dorotheergasse 5
1010 Vienna
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Galerie Ernst Hilger
Franz Ringel - Angst

Thursday, 4th October 07, 7 p.m., the exhibition runs until 3rd November 07.

Franz Ringel's oeuvre in painting and graphics, which started in the sixties, is one of the great expressionist contributions to the history of Austrian art. The expressionist element par excellence is evident not only in the vehemence and immediacy of gesture, but also in the radical, emotional articulation of the man Franz Ringel. Each of his prints and paintings is the result of psychopathic self-questioning, so to speak, a self-portrait. The source of the subconscious plays an eminent role here. Pictures emerge, above all in Ringel's early work, that are littered with clusters of feet with heads, manifesting features related to the artistic formations of art brut. Dubuffet - who gave the name to "Raw Art" - stood proxy to this. Franz Ringel even received a letter from the master of archaic headed feet and monstrous, primal women painted in encrusted impasto. In it he wrote how much he admired the Austrian's direct artistic approach, without rational motivation.

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