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FINE ART Classics of Austrian Painting

October/November 2020
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

 

Galerie Kovacek & Zetter now presents masterpieces of Austrian painting in several focal points.

From two private collections - from the estate of the former director of the Austrian Gallery, Franz Martin Haberditzl, and that of the renowned Austrian art historian Anna Spitzmüller - top-class works by Oskar Laske could be acquired. Wonderful gouaches with motifs from Vienna and the Salzkammergut are complemented by two large canvas paintings, "Leviathan" and "The Flood," which are among Oskar Laske's major works and, also coming from an important Austrian private collection, are on public view for the first time in decades.

From Norbertine Bresslern-Roth, whose work has been featured in regular presentations since the gallery's founding and to whom a major retrospective was recently devoted at the Neue Galerie in Graz, collectors can look forward to important oil paintings and a variety of rare linocuts.

Max Oppenheimer and Oskar Kokoschka, two main representatives of Expressionism, are also represented with interesting works from early and later creative periods. Works of New Objectivity by Alfons Walde and Ernst Nepo illuminate this aspect of Austrian art history.

Antonietta Brandeis, Leontine von Littrow and Carl Moll take us on a journey to Venice, while Wilhelm Thöny has captured his love of his adopted country France in wonderful watercolors with motifs from Paris and Sanary-sur-Mer. The powerful landscapes of the Tyrolean artist Gerhild Diesner are filled with southern flair.

The foray through Austrian art history is rounded off by several canvas paintings by Markus Prachensky from the series "California revisited", "Umbria" and "Umbria Quartetto", early works that are now extremely rare on the art market.

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SCULPTURES & PAINTINGS Austrian Art of the 20th and 21st century in an International Context

September 14th to October 9th 2020
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

Following the large spring exhibition "The Awakening - Austrian Art from 1945 to 2020", the gallery will dedicate a major focus in September to sculptural work from 1945 onwards. Herbert Boeckl was the first rector of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts after the Second World War to bring back the great Fritz Wotruba from exile in Switzerland. As head of the sculpture class, he was to leave a lasting mark on the generations that followed him. The so-called Wotruba School is unique in its unity, even internationally, and due to the enormous density of outstanding talents and their high-quality work, Vienna became a center of sculpture in the post-war years. The exhibition will feature works by Wotruba students Joannis Avramidis, Josef Pillhofer and Wander Bertoni, as well as an important bronze by Fritz Wotruba himself. Here human figures are constructed from basic geometric forms, whereby the rather angular formal language of the teacher sometimes gives way to softer, more flowing forms.

As Wotruba's successor, Bruno Gironcoli took over the sculpture school at the Academy in 1977. With him he also developed a freer approach to the most diverse materials. While stone and bronze were previously the sculptors' preferred materials, Gironcoli's students, such as Peter Sandbichler, who is represented in the exhibition with some of his works, experiment with a wide variety of plastics, such as wood, iron and aluminum. The repertoire of forms is also growing. In addition to the human figure, new questions and thus an expanded scope of interpretation come into focus. Object art is penetrating into unprecedented areas, descending from the pedestal and stepping out of the museum into real space. Erwin Wurm has taken this principle to the extreme. The exhibition will feature new glass sculptures in which the seemingly familiar is torn out of its context and unfolds a new life. We have to learn to understand the world in a new way and are encouraged to question even the most familiar things, even our entire reality.

Works in glass are also on display by Kiki Kogelnik and Renate Bertlmann, as well as by one of the most important international sculptors, Tony Cragg. Artists such as Ai Weiwei and Christo are treading new and radical paths, using everyday objects or covering them up in order to question their meaning and demand different ways of looking at things.

In the exhibition, the sculptural works are juxtaposed with painterly positions in an exciting way and often both aspects are combined in the work of one artist. Thus, artists such as Gunter Damisch and Jakob Gasteiger work in both the pictorial and sculptural realms. The coexistence of both genres from one source provides exciting insights into the approach of these artists.
A further highlight is a major work by Maria Lassnig from 1985, "Death is a Sphinx", in which the artist takes up fundamental themes such as death and sexuality in the form of that enigmatic Egyptian mythical figure and masterfully portrays herself as the embodiment of all the feelings and torments associated with it in extremely expressive color.

 

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INGRID BRANDSTETTER En Voyage - Allegro con Spirito

June 15th to July 3rd 2020
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

For the third time the gallery Kovacek & Zetter  dedicates a big solo-exhibition to the artist Ingrid Brandstetter, titled “En Voyage – Allegro con spirit”.

The artist devotes her most recent sequence of works to the topic of travelling, which can be understood literally, as well as figuratively. They depict women, who explore the world as a hitch-hiker, who wait for their flights, or dream of their departure at the bus terminal in a foreign land; moments of saying goodbye and the joy of reunion. But it is also about those determined and open-minded women, who are prepared to brave new things, commit to adventure, walk the world with open eyes and hearts. Those who sometimes find themselves at a crossroads, where one should pause and think about the necessity of perhaps going in a new direction.

Ingrid Brandstetter masters the art of capturing these scenes with an air of ease and immediacy. The paintings tempt us and allow us to understand the protagonist’s emotions. They generate a story, which leaves the ‘before and the ‘after’ open to our own interpretations and associations. Thereby, hard to escape narrative image conceptions are created. The artist’s incredibly bright colour palette and her powerful, gestural painting technique create an atmosphere of joie de vivre and confidence.

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ANSELM GLÜCK Fast wär ich's nicht

May 18th to June 13th 2020
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

In a large solo show on the occasion of his 70th birthday we present new works by anselm glück for the seventh time. The Linz-born painter and poet lives and works in Vienna, his works are represented in numerous important collections and museums, such as the Albertina Modern, the Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz or the Strabag Artcollection, and he has received many prestigious awards for his literary work. We present 24 current paintings in various formats, most of which were created in 2019 and 2020. anselm glück, whom we have represented for 16 years, is now considered a constant among Austria's painters and writers.

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MARIA LASSNIG About the bravery of painting

October 4th to 31st 2019
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

 

“… it is difficult to visually define a body sensation; where does it begin, where does it end, what shape does it have, angular, round, jagged––and studying it is like enclosing clouds, like pinning down mists––a mysticism of the physical. (Maria Lassnig, 1982)

 

Today, Maria Lassnig is undoubtedly one of the internationally most acclaimed artists of her generation. Even during her lifetime, her work has been honoured in numerous exhibitions. First amongst these are her participation at the Venice Biennale together with Valie Export in 1980, her retrospective at the Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna in 1985, or the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1994; however, it was not until 2000 that she gained greater recognition on an international level, due to numerous international exhibitions such as her magnificent show at MoMA PS1 in New York or presentations in Zurich, London, Cologne, Munich, Hamburg, Barcelona, Liverpool, Florence, Basel, Prague and Amsterdam. Meanwhile, hardly any other female painter is as well represented in the major museums worldwide as she is.

The extensive sales exhibition at the Kovacek & Zetter gallery, which is unparalleled in the art trade, was preceded by a five-year preparation period. Many works were deliberately withheld for the occasion. Now, in a representative exhibition, several oil paintings and around thirty watercolors, drawings and prints from different phases will be on display and up for sale. The exhibition date was deliberately set in parallel to the large museum exhibition at the Albertina Museum (Vienna, 6th September1st December 2019) and honours Maria Lassnig on the occasion of her 100th birthday, which she would have celebrated this year. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue with numerous contributions in German and English, elaborated in close collaboration with the Maria Lassnig Foundation.

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fine art ANNIVERSARY 2019

September 9th until October 31st 2019
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

 

The gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary with two top-class exhibitions. It took three years of collecting and intensive research to put together a representative show of the most important Austrian artist from the ending 19th century up to the present. 

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modern & contemporary ANNIVERSARY 2019

September 9th to October 31st 2019
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

The gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary with two top-class exhibitions. It took three years of collecting and intensive research to put together a representative show of the most important Austrian artist from the ending 19th century up to the present. 

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ROSEMARIE BENEDIKT

MONDI COLORATI

May 17th to June 15th 2019
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

On the occasion of her 80th birthday the gallery hosts a large solo show "Mondi Colorati" by Rosemarie Benedikt. 

Rosemarie Benedikt, the probably most important ceramics and glass artist in Austria is represented by the gallery for almost 20 years now. Last year she received the "Golden Medal for Achievements to the Republic of Austria".

Her immense creativity  is the result of an astonishing enthusiasm and an unerringly artistic instinct paired with a never ending curiosity being the impulse for her always new creations. Her joy over experimenting is expressed in her use of materials, colors and decor. She works with porcelain, clay and stone as well as with vibrant Murano glass to realize her sculptures.  By drawing she approaches the three-dimensional form with an inexhaustible repertoire of shapes and combinations,

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EDUARD ANGELI

March 22nd to April 20th 2019
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

Eduard Angeli is one of the most important contemporary artist in Austria. In the course of the last decades his oeuvre has been recognized in several large exhibitions at home and abroad such as the impressive retrospective on the occasion of his 75th birthday in the Albertina Vienna in 2017.

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SPRING NEWS 2019

February 13th to March 9th 2019
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

The second exhibition this year is a large show focusing on painting of the 19th and 20th century.

The exhibition's centerpiece is a collection of the famous lino-cuts by Norbertine Bresslern-Roth with some rare motifs. Two artists Oskar Laske and Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel, who have been an inherent part of the gallery's program since 20 years, are presented with typical mixed media works and watercolors. Additionally there will be a wide range of selected vedute, among them fine watercolors from Venice by Antonietta Brandeis, the "Theresien Street" in Innsbruck by Franz Alt or the atmospheric landscapes by Alfred Zoff. 

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TRINKAUS. SZÜTS. DEUTSCH Im Flow

January 18th to February 9th 2019
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

We are happy to start the new year with a very special exhibition. The year 2019 is all about our 20th anniversary and is celebrated with several high quality shows throughout the year in the newly designed gallery premises. In doing so the gallery's focuses on an important subject "Women in Art". As a start in January and February three female artists, Gabi Trinkaus, Barbara Szüts and Alexandra Deutsch create an exhibition on all three floors of the gallery showing some of their newest works.

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FINE ART September Exhibition 2018

September 10th to 29th 2018
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

 

The exhibition draws a bow from the art of Austrian modern impressionism (Stimmungsimpressionismus) and the Viennese Secessionism to the expressionism. On display are besides a fascinating motif of the lake "Grundl" by the wrongly almost forgotten Josef Maria Auchentaller - friend and pathfinder of Gustav Klimt - two impressive, light-flooded subjects by the secession co-founder Carl Moll. Two works by Alfons Walde, impressive versions of the "Auracher chapel" and the "farm house" are also shown in the exhibition. The expressive "Lilac Bouquet" by Max Oppenheimer completes the group of the most important Austrian painters of the first half of the 20th century.

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OSKAR LASKE - Großes Welttheater

April 17th to May 12th
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

The distinguished Austrian painter, who is shown in many important museums in Austria, was an acknowledged and sought-after artist already during his lifetime. Presenting more than 50 works on paper and 5 oil paintings it is the broadest show in the galleries history.

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FINE ART March Exhibition 2018

March 5th until 31st 2018
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

 

This March the gallery shows two parallel exhibitions fine art and contemporary for the second time. The fine art section has an enhanced focus on highlights of important Austrian and German artists of the 19th century and the interwar period. On display are for example two watercolors, a vibrant flower piece and an almost abstract landscape study, by the great German expressionist Emil Nolde.

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CONTEMPORARY September Exhibition 2018

September 10th to 29th 2018
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

On the occasion of our 20th gallery anniversary we did some renovating during the summer and the gallery shows itself in a fresh light. The newly designed rooms invite to visit two exhibitions running parallel– fine art und  modern & contemporary.

The show focuses besides important Austrian artists on international positions - an original work by the most famous pop-art artist Andy Warhol and a sculpture "Column" by Tony Cragg one of the most important sculptors of our times among others.  Works by Erwin Wurm the world-famous Austrian sculptor such as "Fat Bus" a transparent glass sculpture and photos of the series "One Minute Sculptures" are shown for the first time. Another new addition to the gallery program are the interesting collage works by artist Gabi Trinkaus.

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CONTEMPORARY March Exhibition 2018

5th to 31st March 2018
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

In the art section of Post-1945 classical art an important focus lies on the painters of the "Gruppe St. Stephan" (Group St. Stephan) such as Markus Prachensky and Josef Mikl and also on the former "Neuen Wilden" (New Wilds)  as Gunter Damisch or Hubert Scheibl, who are also present in the exhibition with current works. Erwin Wurm the world-famous artist and his exciting sculptures are shown as well. Many more important works such as monochrome, seemingly sculptural works by Jakob Gasteiger or poetic paintings by Eduard Angeli add up to an extensive exhibition.

 

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BENI ALTMÜLLER Einsichten- Aussichten 

MASSIMO LUNARDON  Mutazioni

January 22nd to Feburay 10th 2018
Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

The Austrian artist Beni Altmüller and the Italian artist Massimo Lunardon work together for the first time to create an exciting dialogue between metallized aliens and realistic paintings with surreal distorted backgrounds. 

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