ViennaAgainst the Doctrine - Oswald Oberhuber and his World
Curated by Gerald Matt
Oswald Oberhuber is an artist who tried to unite art and life.
Oberhuber is a universalist: sculptor, painter, art theoretician, -educator, exhibition organizer, professor and poet. He took on a wide variety of positions in the art system, from the artist to the gallery owner to the university rector.
Oberhuber consistently lived the principle of change as a human being and artist. As an artist who cannot be formalized or contentedly classified, he described his principle of permanent change with the words “One should not develop a style, actually every painting should be new. You will eventually get a routine and know how it will develope. As soon as I felt it, I got bored”.
The exhibition – “Against the Doctrine” Oswald Oberhuber and his World – reflects one, his artistic attitude that unites art and life, diversity, innovation, curiosity and the irrepressible will to reinvent itself over and over again. Oberhuber’s work characterizes an attitude of permanent scepticism towards the appropriation through style, branding and the market, a rebellion against categorization and programmatic fixation, a downright old-fashioned and also politically correct modesty and political narrowing of the art revolutionary attitude. The exhibition traces its diverse influences by linking its work with artists (and even former pupils) that are important or close to him, and points out that Oberhuber is one of the central personalities of Austrian art after 1945.
Joseph Beuys *1921 Krefeld – †1986 Düsseldorf
Franz Graf *1954 Tulln, lives and works in Vienna
Brigitte Kowanz *1957 Vienna, lives and works s in Vienna
Maria Lassnig *1919 Kappel a. Krappfeld – †2014 Vienna
Kurt Ryslavy *1961 Graz lives and works in Brussels
Hans Weigand *1954 Hall i. Tirol, lives and works in Vienna and St. Martin a. d. Raab (BGL)
Franz West *1947 Vienna – †2012 Vienna
Fritz Wotruba *1907 Vienna – †1975 Vienna
Erwin Wurm *1954 Bruck a. Mur, lives and works in Vienna and Limberg (NÖ)
The exhibition is part of “curated by” the gallery festival with international curators in Vienna. www.curatedby.atCourtesy of Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna