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45th ART&ANTIQUE Salzburger Residenz

April 9 -18, 2022

“Therein is a vessel of wonderous blessing, watched over as a sacred relic,” Richard Wagner’s swan-knight Lohengrin sings this year at the Großes Festspielhaus. But who can follow him to the legendary Castle Montsalvat and the Holy Grail, except perhaps Indiana Jones? Anyone can visit Salzburg’s Residenz, however, and that visit comes highly recommended. The ART&ANTIQUE finally returns to its State Rooms – a vessel for treasures from around the world.

In 2022 the 45th edition of the ART&ANTIQUE crowns Salzburg’s Eastertide with art, inviting visitors to Salzburg’s most traditional and important fair for art, antiques and design.

Take a journey through the art of the entire world: ancient Chinese ladies-in-waiting greet the visitor, diamond-studded golden chicks from New York look forward to Easter, green fantasy birds made of Murano glass waddle through display cases, African landscapes as seen by Friedensreich Hundertwasser enchant, picturesque Italian coastal villages bask in warm evening sunshine, Old Masters capture choice fowl waiting for their cooks in an Antwerp kitchen, the French Riviera sparkles wildly in all colours of the rainbow, and Alfons Walde’s snow glitters once again in the Tyrolean sunshine.

In addition to the many regular exhibitors, visitors may look forward to two outstanding new additions to the Salzburg fair: Ira Stehmann Fine Art from Munich has specialized in contemporary art, especially photography, over the past 30 years.

Dorothea Apovnik Kunsthandel Fine Arts from Vienna focuses on paintings ranging from the 14th to the 19th century, bringing a perfect complement of Old Masters to the Residenz.

Numerous special presentations enable in-depth explorations: the art of the Austrian atmospheric impressionist Alfred Zoff and his sea and coastal landscapes can be found at Galerie Martin Suppan. The Tyrolean mountains take centre stage at Kunsthandel Freller, with works by Alfons Walde and Albin Egger Lienz. “All Marlene, all the time” is the motto at Galerie Ruberl, where Irene Andessner approaches the mysterious film star Marlene Dietrich in her long-term photo art project. Brenske Gallery accentuates the topics “icons, art and music” in its presentation, while Galerie Magnet from Carinthia concentrates on the art of the famous Nötscher Kreis or “Nötsch Circle”, exhibiting works by Sebastian Isepp, Franz Wiegele, Anton Kolig and Anton Mahringer which are so typical for this artistic movement.

Touring the Fair’s Highlights:

Wild Times, Heaven and Heathens

This year, Salzburg’s Easter visitors might think they have come to the banks of the River Schelde. This flows through Antwerp, where Wagner’s Lohengrin, this year’s Easter Festival opera, is set. We find ourselves in the 10th century. King Henry is raising an army to fight the Hungarians. With Lohengrin, who has come from Montsalvat, the palace of the Knights of the Holy Grail, Christians meet heathens. The latter are embodied by Lohengrin’s antagonist, Friedrich von Telramund and his wife Ortrud, who prays to Wotan and the ancient gods. 

Galerie bei der Albertina ▪ Zetter: The Turks Outside Vienna
Vienna, on the other hand, is on the Danube. In 1529 there was war here as well, as the city was besieged by the Turks for the first time and Christendom was under fire. Oskar Laske, who had a great passion for large-scale, detailed scenes with many figures, painted this event from the autumn of 1529 four years after the end of World War I. One of the artist’s main works, this fascinating visual experience is presented in Salzburg by the Galerie bei der Albertina ▪ Zetter. Remarkably, Oskar Laske’s composition has many parallels with a popular copper etching showing the second Turkish siege of Vienna.

Kovacek Spiegelgasse Gemälde Glas: Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was traveling through “wild”, faraway regions when he created the painting On the Red Roads of the Mountains of the Moon (Kovacek Spiegelgasse Gemälde Glas) in August 1967 in Africa. The so-called Mountains of the Moon are located amidst the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda, where the Tooro people live and Hundertwasser enjoyed an extended stay. The painting is compelling in its intense colourfulness and vividness. Hundertwasser wrote about this journey: “… I travelled to Fort Portal near the Rwenzori Mountains (the Mountains of the Moon) and there I spent a few weeks painting in a room of a bordello. The earth was red. I used it to paint.”

W&K - Wienerroither & Kohlbacher: Meditation on the Unimaginable
“When everything lay deep in silence and night had reached the middle of its course, from heaven, from the royal throne, oh Lord, came Your almighty word.” Meister Eckhart, the influential medieval theologian and philosopher, translated this sentence from the Book of Wisdom (18, 14-15). The allusion is to incarnation.
Max Weiler was inspired by it for his cycle Als alle Dinge… (When everything…). It is not an attempt to illustrate the Bible phrase, but to convey this nameless secret which transcends all imagination through painted images, as a guide to meditation. From this cycle, W&K - Wienerroither & Kohlbacher presents DA, 1961, egg tempera on canvas, 155 x 115 cm.

Kolhammer & Mahringer Fine Arts: Open Skies
“Tu devicto mortis aculeo, Aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum“ – “You have vanquished the thorn of death, opening the realm of heaven to the faithful“, the choir sings in Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum. Christian Thielemann and his Dresdner Staatskapelle as well as the Bavarian Radio Chorus perform this deeply moving piece in their last Festival season. Contemplation is also invited by the impressively expressive Corpus Christi from Spain resp. Catalunya, carved from hardwood and pine around 1250 and presented in a frame that is partly original at Kolhammer & Mahringer Fine Arts. It measures 109,5 cm in height and 98 cm in breadth.

Fine Living!

It is not long until the ART&ANTIQUE opens at Salzburg’s Residenz. But it still leaves a little time to consider what beautiful and valuable objects might enhance one’s living quarters. A mirror, a display case for even more valuable objects, a fine antique carpet or a chest of drawers with exquisite veneer?

Christian Eduard Franke: Noble Salon Blossoms
The art of valuable woodwork is demonstrated by an extraordinary Louis XV chest of drawers from Paris, built by François Lebesgue around 1760. It is decorated with rosewood and mahogany as well as numerous exotic woods, some of them coloured, fire-shaded and engraved, depicting flowering boughs framed by shells and scaled ribbons. Furthermore, there are ormolu applications and decorative edges, crowned by an original Brèche d’Alep marble top. Under the top, the piece displayed at Christian Eduard Franke is stamped with a marking punch. In short: this item of furniture from a French noble family fulfils the highest expectations for a courtly salon.

Kunsthandel Nikolaus Kolhammer: Ivory, Mirrored
Four medallions of carved ivory, some of them with floral motifs, are the only decoration interrupting the straight lines of a mirror which Josef Hoffmann designed around 1935. It is a rare piece in Hoffmann’s oeuvre, currently being honoured in a large exhibition at Vienna’s MAK. The design was manufactured from finely carved nutwood by the Max Welz frame-making workshop, which did justice to Hoffmann’s artistic ideas with its execution at the highest level of craftsmanship (Kunsthandel Nikolaus Kolhammer).

Florian Kolhammer, art since the turn of the 20th century: Functional Suspension
The architect, designer and theorist Josef Frank was born in Austria in 1885. Until 1920 he worked on projects for Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätten; later he was involved in the Werkbund Exhibition and the Werkbundsiedlung in Vienna. In 1933 he emigrated to Sweden, fleeing the Nazi regime, was successful with his designs and worked for the company Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm for more than 30 years. His buildings are marked by functional forms. This is also the spirit of a display case he designed for Svenskt Tenn in 1946 – a simple body seemingly suspended on four feet resembling spinning tops. The base and rear wall consist of mirrors, ideally showing off the treasures contained within (Florian Kolhammer, art since the turn of the 20th century).

Bagherpur Knüpfwerke seit 1971: Knotted Twins
A whiff of ancient Persia pervades the Salzburg air at the carpet specialist Bagherpur Knüpfwerke seit 1971: here we find a special specimen made of Tehran silk in the mid-19th century, 120 x 180 cm. Its motifs hail from many different regions of Iran, which suggests that it might have been commissioned by a rich merchant. The carpet was made inside the Tehran prison, where such activities were considered integration work at the time. The carpet is one of two; its twin belongs to the Iranian Textile Museum in Tehran. 

Chicks and Snails in Oil and Gold
Animals are Easter favourites. This is true not just of bunnies. After all, nature has lots more to offer as it awakens in springtime. Art takes a closer look at the creatures of earth, sky and water!

Kunsthandel Giese & Schweiger: Nautilus Goblets in Renaissance Guises
Dive into the depths of the sea at Kunsthandel Giese & Schweiger, where a still life by Hugo Charlemont (1850-1939) can be found (oil on wood), showing a Nautilus Goblet, Flowers and Pearls. It was painted by Hugo Charlemont in 1882, a native of Moravia who studied at the Academy in Vienna and with Hans Makart. Nautilus goblets were manufactured since Renaissance times using the spiral-shaped conches of nautilus shells, sea creatures also known as “pearl boats” in German. The nautilus is a cephalopod and thus related to squid. However, only the nautilus living on the precipitous coral reefs of the Pacific have a shell which protects them and regulates their buoyancy.

Ulf Englich Inh. Franz Wagner: Fishes with Feelings
Looking at the night sky, one also encounters fishes! All those born between February 19 and March 20 are “Pisces”, and whose who believe in the zodiac count them among those guided by emotions. Rational thinking is not the forte of those born under the Pisces sign. On the other hand, emotion is the only possible reaction to the two wonderful fabled fishes displayed at Ulf Englich Inh. Franz Wagner. It is an antique brooch pendant made of gold with inset natural pearls, south sea pearls, rubies, emeralds and diamonds.

Pintar Schmuck und Silber des 20. Jahrhunderts: Sparkly Fowls from New York
Chicks prefer to hatch from Easter eggs. And if the stars align, they might become roosters. The rooster is among the Chinese zodiac signs and has particularly positive characteristics: punctuality, dependability and courage. The rooster, however, is also a very proud creature. The next Year of the Rooster, incidentally, is 2029. By that time, the chick in the form of a golden brooch (Pintar Schmuck und Silber des 20. Jahrhunderts), decorated with rubies and signed „Hammerman Brothers“, which saw the light of day in 1980s New York, may have turned into a proud rooster?

Galerie Française Gérard Schneider: Free Flotation
Georges Braque also loved birds. Especially in his works from 1949 onwards, they are a constant presence. Sometimes as decoration, but often as the central motif. Such is the case in Vol d’oiseaux, Birds in Flight, a gouache measuring 29.8 x 59.8 cm, dated 1954 and dedicated to the Bulgarian-French art historian Dora Vallier. Galerie Française Gérard Schneider exhibits this work, and the viewer can imagine birds passing overhead. To Georges Braque, the animals had a special enchantment: he saw them as an embodiment of eternal change and the overcoming of space.

Along the Shoreline

The sea as a place of infinite longing. The wish to escape the everyday, discovering new things, delving into special atmospheres is unstillable. Art can inspire, make such dreams come true, at least in our imagination. Join us on journeys into our imagination and into the world. May they soon come true!

Kunsthandel Runge: Sunlight against Winter Days
When the sun shines on the lake, some people look forward to skiing through deep snow, while others dream of warmer days, sun, beach, lakes and beaches. Alfred Poell (1867-1929), a master of landscapes, is the right painter to evoke such feelings, as his Sunny Winter’s Day, oil on wood, of 1919 demonstrates at Kunsthandel Runge. Poell was a physician’s son from Salzburg, who studied medicine in Innsbruck and then painting in Munich. In 1896 he moved to Linz, where he practiced as a gynaecologist. In 1913 he joined the Secession in Vienna. In Linz he was a founding member of the artists’ association “Der Ring” and a great patron of the arts.

Kunsthandel Michael Kraut: To Croatia, Via Triest
Friedrich Eigner is also a Salzburger, born in 1948. He too took up painting after studying another discipline, i.e. philosophy. In 1985 the legendary man of letters and critic Hans Weigel discovered him, convincing him to move to Vienna. In Salzburg, Kunsthandel Michael Kraut now dedicates a special retrospective of the artist, who now lives in Italy, particularly his paintings of the northern Adriatic. The journey takes the viewer from Venice to Triest and the eastern coast of Istria and the adjacent Kvarner Gulf. Every Austrian worth his salt likes stopping at the “Gulf of Triest” on trips to the south, and Eigner painted it in 2021.

Ira Stehmann Fine Art: Venice in the Rain
Ah, Venice! Where the art biennial beckons again this year. Trying to find the true face of Venice, the photographer Christopher Thomas, born in Munich in 1961, moved to the city in 2010. The cycle Venice, the Invisible, a convolute of 100 works, takes the viewer into a city of silence in atmospheric images – devoid of people and quite itself. Thus, the Piazzetta San Marco I, 2010, a pigment print on hand-made paper, 135 x 103 cm, has a print run of 7 plus 2 artist proofs, and can be admired at the booth of the new exhibitor Ira Stehmann Fine Art – wonderfully lonely, free of pigeons and tourists. Just as in days long gone.

Kunsthandel Hieke: The South of France from a Female Hand
The painter Helene Funke, with a major presence at Kunsthandel Hieke, then takes us westwards. For a series of motifs from the South of France, Funke frequently visited the Mediterranean coast between 1906 and 1911, emulating her male colleagues Matisse, Signac and Derrain. The wonderful motif presented by Kunsthandel Hieke in Salzburg was created around 1908/1910, using mixed technique on paper, 28 x 31 cm. Funke was clearly inspired by the Fauvists here, and she manages masterfully to capture the bright light of the south in all its colourful intensity.

Women and World Peace

March has been a special month for women since 1911. That is the year the first “Women’s Day” was introduced and celebrated in Denmark, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Switzerland. The idea originated in the USA. 1975 saw the first commemoration of a “United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace”. The fact that such action days have a meaning is shown not only by glancing at the current news, but also at art history, where many female images and female life stories await.

ARTBLUE: Serving in the Tang Era
In ancient China, there were powerful women, but in general the place of a woman was seen as serving men and children in the household. This only changed after the Empire ended in 1911 and the Revolution began. The Tang Dynasty (AD 618 – 907), during which this enchanting lady-in-waiting was crafted from terracotta, saw a flowering of economy, the arts and sciences. It can be found at ARTBLUE and raises the question what kind of a life a lady-in-waiting at court might have had during this time?

Schauer: To Egypt, Immaculately
A woman from Nazareth in Galilee became a celebrity. Mainly because of her immaculate conception and the birth of Jesus Christ. A well-known episode from the time shortly after this birth is the Flight to Egypt, which was necessary to save the child from King Herod’s henchmen, who went around killing all new-born sons. The escape was successful. Maria held her child, riding a donkey. This is the period in which a man is found by her side: Joseph. He leads the donkey in an enchanting portrayal of the popular motif, carved from linden wood in the Gothic style around 1500 – to be found at Schauer.

Dorothea Apovnik Kunsthandel Fine Art: Gentle Motherhood
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri from Bologna, known as Guercino, gave a gentle, intimate portrayal of Mary’s care for her son. Around 1621 he painted Madonna and Child in oil on canvas, 63 x 52.5 cm, and it is included in the exhibits presented by Dorothea Apovnik Kunsthandel Fine Art in her Salzburg debut. It is an early work, its contrasts between light and dark reminiscent of Caravaggio, but its gentle contours and transitions cannot deny that it is a Venetian painting. According to the baroque expert Nicholas Turner, it is a sketch for a painting from the Barbara and Eduard Beaucamp collection which has been donated to Frankfurt’s Städel Museum.

Kunsthaus Wiesinger: Shining, Blooming, Joy
Three women in a bath, cast in bronze, are modern and classical at the same time. The German sculptor Robert Metzkes, a regular in the programme of Kunsthaus Wiesinger, takes up an ancient theme in art history: the Charites from Greek mythology who have enjoyed a world career in art history as The Three Graces. They are the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, known as Euphrosyne (“Joy”), Thalia (“Blooming”) and Aglaia (“Shining”). Art history usually knows them in the nude – a female image that can be found long before Metzkes, in antiquity and in works by Botticelli, Cranach, Rubens and even Picasso.

Works of Art, Close to Nature

What would Austria be without its landscape, its rural areas? Julie Andrews danced over green alpine meadows, frolicking in a dirndl, in the great Salzburg musical hit, The Sound of Music. The world loves visiting Austria to ski and hike the mountains. Clear air, sweeping views and an experience of nature allow us to stop, contemplate and be inspired (by art as well).

Schütz Fine Art - Chinese Department: Life Painting Itself
Classical nature: the Chinese-born painter Li Hua invokes The Classic of Mountains and Seas in her large-scale oil painting of 2018, on view at Schütz Fine Art – Chinese Department. The way she describes the genesis of her art also sounds down to earth, natural and emotional: “I hardly paint a picture which has been consciously designed by me … I let the lines and different coloured surfaces collide on the canvas … The completion of a painting is also an event into which feelings, experiences and lived time flow. All this reminds us of life and fragmentary reality itself.”

Kunsthandel Freller: Mountain Worlds for the Home
Kitzbühel is presumably Austria’s most well-known skiing village. In reality, it is not a village at all, but a proud Tyrolean town. Alfons Walde is its great son, a painter who has immortalized Kitzbühel in his art, which is admired around the world. Kunsthandel Freller demonstrates this in a special show, side by side with the art of his Eastern Tyrolean colleague Albin Egger-Lienz. These two exceptional talents managed to capture rural daily life of the farmers, with all the characters it offers, and conveying it in their works. In Lonely Mountain Farm of 1935, Walde shows the snowy, brilliant Tyrolean mountain worlds so characteristic of his work in a special light.

Lilly’s Contemporary Art Exclusive Antiques: An Altar for Everyone
Rustic contemplation is the goal at Lilly’s Contemporary Art Exclusive Antiques, where an early baroque family altar with a temple-front architecture is so sumptuous that it would grace any country estate in sacred gracefulness. The wealth of figures on this family altar with its polychrome framework and gilt is remarkable for the time around 1700: in the central niche stands a sculpture of St. Jacob. On the left, St. Joseph with the Christ child is shown, among other figures. The entablature features Archangel Michael on the left and on the right presumably St. Jodokus. Two standing angels point to the top extension with the Trinity, above which two winged putti can be glimpsed.

Galerie Magnet: The Prince in the Village
Conflicts between father and son, such as Shakespeare described in his Hamlet, were of course also found in many villages, on many farms. Whether the Hamlet from the End of the Village, a strapping lad whom Anton Kolig painted two years before his death, in 1948, in one of his late-expressionistic oil paintings, was given his name because of such a conflict – that is a question left to our imagination. Perhaps he was merely a thoughtful, dreamy young man, like Shakespeare’s tragic Danish prince. The painting at Galerie Magnet, in any case, proves Kolig’s masterful way with a male torso from early on in his career.

Saints and Icons

Stars from early Christendom to the 1970s are on parade in Salzburg. Mick Jagger, Marlene Dietrich and Barbara, pretty as a picture, from Izmit, which used to be called Nicomedia – all of them bask in the footlights at the ART&ANTIQUE. St. Barbara is traditionally the patron saint of miners, enabling all kinds of artful metalworking to develop over the course of history.

Galerie Ruberl: All Marlene, All the Time
She was a superstar, style icon, a person with a conscience and moral posture, yet she died alone: Marlene Dietrich. Last December would have been her 120th birthday; May will see the 30th anniversary of her death.
The photo artist Irene Andessner undertook one of her most extensive projects, transforming herself into Marlene Dietrich. Not just her wardrobe, hair colour and makeup recall La Dietrich, but she even married a man named Armin Dietrich, thus becoming a Dietrich herself. Thus, she is able to sign the results of these two years of performance work as I. M. Dietrich. Galerie Ruberl presents this extraordinary project in a special exhibition.

Galerie Haas & Gschwandtner: Andy and Mick
Two superstars meet at Galerie Haas & Gschwandtner: Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger. The superstar of Pop Art pictured the superstar of rock music by means of his Polaroid camera, with which Warhol took more than 50 pictures of the Rolling Stones frontman at his summer home in Montauk in 1975. From selected Polaroids, he made collages, trying to capture the singer’s myth. Haas & Gschwandtner offers the 1975 Mick Jagger as a serigraphy on paper, one of an edition of 250, 110.5 x 73.7 cm, signed by Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol.

Walter Moskat Kunst und Antiquitäten: Good Luck, Barbara!
A star among saints is Barbara from Nicomedia. Her jealous, heathen father locked her into a tower, trying to prevent his beautiful daughter from marrying. She escaped, with part of her route taking her through a mountain crevice, which turned her into the patron saint of miners later on. Having been betrayed, she died a martyr’s death in AD 306: her own father Dioscurus decapitated her after she refused to give up her Christian faith and her virginal betrothal to God. She is among the Fourteen Holy Helpers, representing resolute uprightness in faith. Her attributes are the goblet and the tower. The gothic, Tyrolean statue of Barbara carved around 1500, ca. 48 cm high, bears the latter tower in hand and can be admired, within the original frame, at the booth of Walter Moskat Kunst und Antiquitäten.

Kunsthandel Markus Strassner: the Security of Iron
A strongbox or cassaforte from 17th-century Milan is on display at Kunsthandel Markus Strassner, a heavy object with massive iron fittings. Presumably, plenty of miners’ efforts were necessary to deliver the ore for this sumptuous piece. The German term Tresor is derived from the Greek thēsaurós, denoting storage, treasure, treasury, repository. The ancient Egyptians already kept their valuables in wooden chests. In the Middle Ages, coins, jewellery and relics were stored in iron-bound wooden chests. Only in the 18th and 19th century did locksmiths begin crafting iron strongboxes.

Kunsthaus Kende: Wooden Eyes in Metal
The Japanese treatment of metals such as silver, copper and the traditional Japanese alloys shakudo, kuromido and shibuichi can be admired in a large, so-called Mokume-gane vase. The object was manufactured by Ryuhei Sako in 2018. Kunsthaus Kende from Tübingen is offering the work of one of the most important contemporary Japanese artists creating Mokume-gane objects today. Mokume-gane is a traditional Japanese smithing technique. The world means “wooden eye metal”. During the manufacturing process, a multitude of different thin layers of metal is forged into one bock and tempered and hammered repeatedly, so that its appearance ultimately resembles the grain of wood.

Black-and-White and Colour

Colour in all its possibilities – or its absence, both extremes characterize fine art. One painter makes abundant, wild use of it, another may limit himself to just one shade of colour, and in both cases, action determines the dynamic of the work. Another artist leaves colour out of the equation entirely, while yet another’s palette enables her to create the impression of specific atmospheres.

Galerie Susanne Bauer: Blooms in Black and White
The Spring putto by Michael Powolny has his hands full with the riot of flowers he is carrying. It may not be in colour, but black-and-white, but this does nothing to diminish the endearing effect. Michael Powolny designed the sculpture around 1907, it was executed by Wiener Keramik, and Galerie Susanne Bauer displays it in its first-class original state. Michael Powolny and Bertold Löffler founded the factory Die Wiener Keramik in 1907; its objects were sold mainly via the Wiener Werkstätten. The Four Seasons, further allegories in putto style, were a smash hit and have remained so among collectors to this day – and of course these come in colour as well.

Galerie Artziwna: Coloured Matter as Gunk
Arnulf Rainer’s Hand and Finger Painting of 1983/84 is certainly colourful: this piece, oil on painting carton, is on display at Galerie Artziwna. It might sound like a bit of childish exuberance, but it resulted from a coincidence that soon became a concept: in 1973 Rainer’s brush broke, and in order not to lose his rhythm and concentration, he simply kept painting with his fingers – becoming the instrument of painting himself. “After I had laid out numerous cartons on the floor and kept crawling from one to the other to leave behind coloured matter as gunk, markings, trails, I had found a very physical manner of painting … my hands were always dirty, raw and bleeding, my knees scabbed,” he said in 1982.

Schütz Fine Art: 6 Days of Red
The work of Hermann Nitsch, who developed his pouring paintings from Viennese Actionism, also demand action. At Schütz Fine Art we encounter a work Without Title, acrylic on jute, 100 x 80 cm, dated 2007. Unlike Rainer’s colourful universe, Nitsch limits himself to shades of red. 2007 was an important year for Nitsch, as his own museum in Mistelbach opened. It is close to his Castle Prinzendorf, the venue of his “Orgy Mystery Theatre”, a six-day mystery play which Nitsch wants to establish as the largest and most important feast for humans (an aesthetic ritual glorifying existence). It is a fair and the mystery of existence made conscious.”

Brenske Gallery: Christ in Dark Red
It is astonishing that the All-Seeing Eye of God, a painting from 19th-century Russia, resembles Nitsch’s poured painting in its tonality, the red and brown tones – it can be found at Brenske Gallery from Munich. The composition symbolizes the cosmos, replete with the central tenets of the Christian world-view: in the centre is Christ, from whom a four-point, dark-red star emanates. The Christ medallion is surrounded by another, light-red circle with sections from faces (a pair of eyes, a nose and a mouth) which is surrounded by a dark-blue circle with rays emanating from it and encompassing the face of the Mother of God with her nimbus. This circle of rays is surrounded by six outside medallions.

Galerie Martin Suppan: Riviera in the Evening Sunshine
The cosmos in its most beautiful, sun-kissed form was captured by Alfred Zoff in his Evening over Nervi, 1896, oil on canvas, 67 x 117 cm.
In Salzburg, Galerie Martin Suppan dedicates an individual show to the atmospheric Austrian impressionist and major maritime painter. Peter Peer of the Neue Galerie in Graz considers Zoff’s sea and coastal landscapes among the best in the history of Austrian painting. The focus of the exhibition, therefore, is on southern maritime and coastal motifs, which made Zoff a highly popular artist even during his lifetime. His customers included Emperor Franz Joseph I, who was a great admirer of his paintings and bought no less than eight of them.


FLORIAN KOLHAMMER, art since the turn of the 20th century


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April 9 to 18, 2022
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