oil on canvas, 99 x 93 cm
The comprehensive show of works by the Austrian artists Christian Ludwig Attersee, Georg Eisler, Alfred Hrdlicka, Markus Prachensky, Arnulf Rainer and the pop protagonists ERRÓ, Allen Jones, Jacques Monory, Mel Ramos, Larry Rivers, Donald Sultan and Andy Warhol is of a retrospective character and is subsumed into the thematic viewpoint "Lost and found/Wiedergefunden". The exhibition aims to provide a view of the multifaceted repertoire of the Galerie Ernst Hilger. A spotlight is cast on the oeuvre of each artist -this reflection will allow a contemplative view forwards and provide a base from which a new discovery of the works being shown is facilitated. No space is given to forgetting. The exhibition shows a cross-section of the stylistic and technical aspects of art production and stimulates interaction between work of art, observer and the surrounding space. As well as painting, several works in other techniques add pertinent accentuation and significance, making this exhibition a visual challenge in its various approaches via the history of art, the mass media and pop culture. Communication is established with the observer through various types of visual imagery and idioms. The works are significant - among other things - because they fight against transience, ephemerality, and gain entry into the palace of the recipient's mind.
Attersee was born as Christian Ludwig in August 1940 in Bratislava. He became renowned as a pop artist and actionist. He is one of Austria's most versatile artists; besides painting, he also works as a musician, writer, object maker, stage designer, film producer and designer.
Georg Eisler (born 1928 in Vienna, died 1998 in Vienna) received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the Austrian State Award for Painting and the Golden Medal of Honour of the City of Vienna. He taught at various universities including Berlin, Hamburg, Stanford.
Alfred Hrdlicka (born 1928 in Vienna) is Austria's greatest sculptor and graphic artist, both in drawing and print. Hrdlicka's art is unendingly physical, earthy, infused with human drives, sexuality and violence, eschewing euphemisms and beautifying masks. He is a past-master of exaggeration, of mannerism, but the nucleus of his work has always been the truth.
Markus Prachensky (born 1932 in Innsbruck) is noted as one of the leading personalities of the Austrian avant-garde. His series from the 1990s show the artist returning to the all-dominating colour of red. The works are remarkable for their explosive sprays of colour.
Arnulf Rainer (born 1929 in Baden) left the University of Applied Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts after insurmountable differences. From this moment on he worked self-taught, influenced by Jackson Pollock, Jean Paul Riopelle and Wols. He abandoned fantastic surrealism and turned to abstract micro-structures.
Jacques Monory (born 1934 in Paris) was one of the first painters of the French figuration narrative movement in the sixties. He featured in numerous exhibitions and international events in Paris, Milan, Rom, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Geneva, Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Lund, Bergen, Reykjavik, Venice, New York, Chicago, Washington, London, Tokio.
Mel Ramos' (born 1935 in Sacramento, California) work is self-referential, reflects on art and art production with a certain degree of irony and sarcasm - related to his humoristic parodies of famous works of art. Elements and personalities from pop culture and the mass media supply Ramos with his inspiration and models.
Erró (born 1932 in Olafsvik, Island) sees painting as a platform for reflection and provocation (("the pleasure of being able to talk back and provoke"). In his collages he commingles the world of the consumer with art history and political propaganda with documentary photographs.
Larry Rivers, the painter, sculptor and musician born in New York (born 1923 in the Bronx, died 2002 in Southampton), was regarded by critics as a revolutionary character because he baulked against all traditional movements in order to question the status quo. His subversive ideas have become part of the contemporary art universe. He is noted as one of the founding fathers of Pop Art.
The American artist Donald Sultan (born 1951 in Ascheville, North Carolina) laid the founding stones for his work as an artist in the late seventies and early eighties by combining conceptual and figurative approaches with industrial materials in his works.
Andy Warhol (born 1928 in Pittsburgh, died 1987 in N.Y.C., USA) enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist. In the early years of his career he shortened his name to "Warhol". The 1960s were fantastically productive for Warhol. Popular culture was his source of inspiration. He created many works that have become icons of twentieth-century art - for example the Campbell's Soup Cans, Disasters and Marilyns.