Sedlacek: sinister and worth seeing

For a long time, it seemed as if a whole country has forgotten about the achievements of Franz Sedlacek. Now a Viennese museum presents his paintings in a special exhibition.

Sedlacek’s works have not been on display for a long time before the Landesgalerie Linz created an exhibit two years ago. Now the Wien Museum’s first floor showrooms feature a temporary exhibition of his paintings.

Sedlacek grew up in Linz. During World War Two, Sedlacek served in the German Wehrmacht. It is understood that he was killed on the frontline in Eastern Europe in January 1945. Some of the 1autodidact’s paintings offer rather realistic views on life in the first half of the 20th century. He also painted flower still lifes. However, Sedlacek mostly created surreal worlds of mysterious creatures in odd situations. Looking at the paintings triggers a desire to find out more about them.

At the Wien Museum (, his paintings are on display in a dark, poorly lit room. The decision to design the exhibit this way strengthens the aspect of uncertainty which dominates his oeuvre. At the same time, visitors might find it hard to decipher the small-printed captions under the pictures in such an environment.

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