Opening: Thursday, January 24th 2008, 7pm
The exhibition lasts until February 21st 2008.
Galerie Hilger is showing a representative selection of Hans Staudacher's drawings and paintings on paper and canvass. The artistic work produced by Staudacher has maintained a homogeneous style from the 1950's to his present-day pictures. It focuses on calligraphy, on Tachistic gestures.
Staudacher belongs to the first generation of abstract artists after World War II, although he was given credit for this pioneer achievement only belatedly. This is in contrast to the St. Stefan Künstlergruppe, including Hollegha, Rainer, Mikl and Prachensky. He was born in Carinthia (*1923 at St. Urban on Lake Ossiachersee). After grappling with his fellow artists in the region, such as Johann Fuhrmann and Hans Bischoffshausen, he then intensively dealt with the avant-garde movements in Paris, especially Tachism (as represented by Mathieu and Hartung) and the Ecole de Paris (which was still committed to cubist, formal elements, as represented by Riopelle or Manessier). In 1960 Staudacher had his first exhibition at the Galerie Le Soleil dans la Tête in Paris.
Hans Staudacher is an important example for launching artistic movements in an avant-garde spirit in his own country, remote from all too academic and entrenched creative strategies. His early works (1940s to 1950s) were still characterized by an interpretation of figures and reality that was guided by Cubism. At that time, artists like Marino Marini and Herbert Boeckl played a model role. In the 1950s, Staudacher - who was inspired and impressed by the explosion of modern abstract and expressionist painting in New York and Paris - developed his own informal and lyrical language in painting. It is characterized by calligraphic elements, which play a priority role. When spilling paint on his canvass, the artist sometimes dances softly but demonstrates strong emotions on other occasions. The painter supplies the linear structures by applying the oil paint directly from the paint tube to the canvass. A concrete concept of the painting, as was seen in his pictures of landscapes or figures from earlier days, has given way to a direct and spontaneous act of painting and drawing that is related to a psychic automatism. When Staudacher works, music influences the rhythm of his painting. His pictures have a multi-layer structure: there are the free informal gestures, produced with the paint, like the impulsive Tachism in the tradition of Mathieu and Pollock; there is the calligraphy that tends towards writing patterns; and there is the painting aspect. The result is an exciting and dense composition: the painting's texture - full of poetry, sensitivity, but also vigor and dynamism.
At the beginning of the sixties, Staudacher (b.1923 in St. Urban, Carinthia, Austria) consistently developed an abstract style of painting, in which spontaneous, mystic gestures in applying the colors plays a key role. His energy-driven, actionistic style of painting correlates with his focus on multi-media actions. One of the most important ones was the "Nu Action" in 1956, which was an exhibition at the "Wiener Secession" that lasted only a few hours and was followed by a first burning of parts of his works in front of the Secession building.In 1965 he took part in the Tokyo Biennale, 1975 in the Biennale in Sao Paolo. He has spent some time in Paris between 1954 and 1962.
He lives and works in Vienna since 1950.
2006 Die 70er Jahre. Galerie Gerersdorfer, Vienna
2005 Ars Pingendi, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
2003 Teddybär & Co - Die Suche nach Mythen in der Kunst, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna
2000 STAUDACHER - Eine Auswahl ,Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna