Obsessions and Intimacy: The body in contemporary austrian drawings – From Alfred Kubin to Birgit Jürgenssen

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Tomorrow, 13th January 2011 open its doors the exhibition Obsessions and Intimacy: The body in contemporary austrian drawings – From Alfred Kubin to Birgit Jürgenssen at the Basil and Marina Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music.
The observation, questioning and
exploration of the body are the most intimate, private, radical and
highly sensitive theme of the visual arts, while being central axis of
the modern and contemporary Austrian art.

 

The exhibition does not have the ambition
to analyze the cultural phenomenon with an encyclopedic listing of
names, but attempts to present 13 contemporary Austrian artists and the
extraordinary wealth of their journey …in the empire of obsessions,
destructions, intimacy and intercourses.

 

In the narration are included
psychoanalytical approaches, evidence of a spiritual post-symbolism,
linguistic deconstruction strategies, aesthetic utopias and a kind of
neo-romanticism. Resonances emerge with important Austrian
intellectuals, among them Sigmund Freud, including a provocative and
sharp commentary about the body with all the psychological, mythological
and political contexts, which relate to the cultural field of
contemporary society.

 

The following avant-garde artists participate with their works: Alfred
Kubin, Maria Lassnig, Alfred Hrdlicka, Arnulf Rainer, Günter Brus,
Hermann Nitsch, Adolf Frohner, Hubert Scheibl, Christian Ludwig
Attersee, Kurt Kocherscheid, Franz West, Lois Weinberger, Birgit
Jürgenssen
.

 

As stated by Lóránd Hegyi, curator of the
exhibition “We can say that the artists presented in this exhibition are
often identical to the cultural prestige of Austria, with some
narratives that are common subject to the Austrian culture. Like the
strange, enigmatic, fantastic picture-stories of Alfred Kubin, the
psychological queries of Hans Frohnius, the Totenmaske of Arnulf Rainer,
the self-tormenting, abnormal distorted female body parts and
self-portraits of Maria Lassnig, the transitional architecture and
anatomy coexistences of Hermann Nitsch, or the virtuoso, passionate,
ecstatic stratification text and image of Gunter Brus, not only express a
radical reference to the body of the Wiener Aktionismus tradition, and
the equally radical ideologically and culturally subversive attitude of
the progressive austrian literature from Karl Kraus to Thomas Bernhard
and Elfriede Jelinek. In this context, the works of the Austrian artists
presented are considered as partly hidden, partly apparent continuity
of critical-mined, often psychopathological, often ironic, skeptical
attitude of the Viennese fin de siècle and the start of the 20th
century. As Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka are inextricably tied to the
Old Vienna as a city that gave birth to psychoanalysis, the philosophy
of language and modern literature or twelvetone music, so artists like
Arnulf Rainer, Maria Lassnig, or the “Wiener Aktionismus” generation are
now considered as typical Viennese phenomena of the ’60s.”

 

The exhibition is held under the
auspices of HE Austrian Ambassador in Greece, Mr. Michael Linhart,
accompanied by a bilingual catalogue with texts by Lóránd Hegyi, curator
of the exhibition.

 

 

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