VIENNA. The Albertina Museum is planning a vibrant calendar of exhibitions in 2014 that will celebrate art and its inspiration in numerous forms and across many centuries. The year’s diary ranges from an exploration of the inspiration of one of the world’s best-loved modern artists – Joan Miró, through Michelangelo Buonaroti, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Rubens to Eric Fischl, Alex Katz and… Michelangelo Antonioni, announce from albertina.at.
Friends, Lovers and other Constellations
(13 February to 18 May 2014)
The American painter, graphic artist and sculptor Eric Fischl (born: 1948 in New York) is one of the most important representatives of contemporary figuration. His work is characterised by a style linked with American realism, Fischl’s motifs are often derived from domestic contexts. They describe the everyday and the ordinary, show people in constellations as couples or in interaction, usually scantily clad to nude in an atmosphere dominated by sexuality. The viewer is incorporated into this pictorial world created by Fischl in the role of the voyeur.
The exhibit concentrates on Eric Fischl’s graphic works and encompasses a cross-section of his work. In addition to print graphics, works on glassine and chrome coat paper, including the well-known bathing and beach scenes, several bronze sculptures of the artist are on display and complement the posing figures of the watercolours.
This exhibit shows around 200 top-class masterpieces from the collection of the Albertina in the context of the chequered and exciting life story of its founders, Prince Albert of Saxony, Duke of Teschen (1738-1822) and Archduchess Marie Christine (1742-1798). The large-scale presentation unites the highlights of the collection, from Michelangelo (1475-1564) through Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569), Rembrandt (1606-1669) and Rubens (1577-1640) to Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). The centrepiece of the Albertina, Dürer’s famous „Young Hare” (1502), is now once again accessible to an interested public in the context of this exhibit after a decade-long period of grace.
The stations in life of the founders of the collection, including Dresden, Rome, Paris, Brussels and Vienna, present the leading centres of art and politics, and in the process provide insight into the multi-layered networks of collectors and art dealers, the feudal life of the European aristocracy, as well as the political and intellectual reorientation under the auspices of the Enlightenment.
Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 cult film Blow-Up and its various references to photography are the focus of the Albertina photo exhibit of the same name. Blow-Up occupies a unique position, not only in the history of film, but also in the history of photography. There is hardly another feature film that has shown the diverse areas of photography in such a differentiated fashion, and which attempts to fathom them in such a detailed and timeless manner. The photographic spectrum in Blow-Up is accordingly broad, extending from fashion photography through social reporting and pop art to abstract photography. The Blow-Up exhibit presents these diverse themes and their relation to one another in several chapters. In addition to film stills, both works that can actually be seen in Blow-Up and photographs illuminating the cultural and artistic context of the film production, London of the Swinging Sixties, will be shown.
Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) was an Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer.
Alex Katz (born: 1927 in Brooklyn, New York) ranks among today’s most important US artists. He has been considered the key figure of a self-reflective US tradition of painting characterized by a unison of rationality, sensuality, and abstraction. Turning them into icons, as it were, the artist renders ostensibly passionless motifs from the New York intellectual scene and art world as well as the well-off leisure-oriented society in monumental formats. Another emphasis lies on the depiction of idyllic landscapes of Maine, in the Northeast of the United States, which radiate both immediacy and an air of aloofness.
His revisions developed in the 1950s made the artist Arnulf Rainer, born in 1929 in Baden near Vienna, known throughout the world. The Albertina honours the internationally renowned artist on the occasion of his 85th birthday with a comprehensive retrospective, in which important stations of his complex artistic development are presented through key works.
Rainer’s intensive search for new artistic paths, as well as his fascinating strategies and experimental processes make him one of the most influential living artists of the present.
With his imaginative pictorial motifs, Joan Miró (1893-1983) is one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. The Albertina is dedicating a solo exhibition to the Catalonian artist containing around 100 paintings, drawings and objects, which strives to emphasise the poetic quality of the famous Surrealist.
Miró’s painting is characterised by a sense of lightness and spontaneity. He looks upon the world with a carefree, almost childish fascination for all things. His unmistakable pictorial language is as magical as it is universal. Moons, stars and comets, eyes and insects, birds and women populate his paintings and are among the most recognisable elements of his art. Miró’s works provide insight into his poetic perception and interpretation of the original, of that which is actually essential in things, the world and the universe.
…And sculptures оf Karl Prantl – from 25 September 2014 to 8 February 2015.