Brandl’s brilliance

Perfectly graceful glaciers are arguably the outstanding part of Herbert Brandl’s unique oeuvre. Now a gallery provides a more comprehensive view on an artist who has refused to make concessions throughout his career.smart

Consisting of paintings from private collections and public institutions, “Herbert Brandl. Exposed to Painting” is currently drawing the crowds at Belvedere 21, one of the most renowned venues for contemporary art in Vienna.

Brandl might have made a name for himself with his epic glacier canvases. But there is so much more to his recent creative output, as the exhibit curated by Rolf H. Johannsen confirms. Bronze sculptures and depictions of flowers and lakes are creating a totally new perspective.

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From Faistauer to Kokoschka

Franz Hauer’s life was a truly remarkable rags-to-riches story. Born to an impoverished family in rural Lower Austria, Hauer’s tavern quickly turned into one of the most popular locations in Vienna. But the landlord was also one of the most busy collectors of art of his time.smart

Hauer died at the age of just 48 in 1914. However, the vast array of paintings he had garnered leads to the assumption that acquiring art must have been his chief priority. An ardent admirer of various artists active at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the Hauer collection was especially dominated by Albin Egger-Lienz and Anton Faistauer but also featured artworks by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Now a museum in Lower Austria presents works from his astonishing collection which are today part of private collections and the stock of public institutions in Austria and abroad. Landesgalerie Niederösterreich (State Gallery of Lower Austria) – which opened only last year – is drawing the crowds with “Franz Hauer. Selfmademan und Kunstsammler der Gegenwart”. Hauer’s collection featured meticulous Wachau landscapes but the sumptuous still lifes and intimate portraits underline Hauer’s wide-ranging interest.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover Richard Gerstl’s adorable body of work.1.jpg

The Leopold Museum’s “Inspiration – Legacy” exhibition – which ends next Monday – consists of Gerstl’s defining paintings but also photographs and letters. An ill-fated affair with the wife of his close friend Arnold Schönberg preceded his suicide at the age of just 25 in 1908.

The late artist’s self-portraits, which carry a decidedly sinister undercurrent, and his portraits of colleagues, friends and family members will leave a lasting impression. But it’s the delicate luminosity of his small landscapes that grab the place in the limelight.

“Inspiration – Legacy” also features works of art by painters and sculptors who influenced Gerstl or were influenced by him, including Vincent van Gogh, Pierre Bonnard and Georg Baselitz.

>> http://www.leopoldmuseum.org

Pop in the province

smartMusic created in Styria throughout the 20th century can be rediscovered in an astonishing exhibition in Graz.

“POP 1900–2000. Popular Music in Styria” celebrates not just artists who reached skyscraping artistic and commercial heights in the 1980s such as STS and Opus. The exhibition – now on display at the Museum für Geschichte in the city centre of Graz – also examines the very beginnings of musical entertainment in Styria.

Curators have put old radios and musical instruments on display, including a saxophone from the Styrian capital’s legendary pioneering jazz nights and an electric guitar once owned by EAV songwriter and guitarist Thomas Spitzer.

Music production and performance technology might have moved forward at rapid pace, but the exhibit’s numerous video and sound installations underline that the province’s most-loved artists do stand the test of time.

For opening hours and ticket prices, go to http://www.museum-joanneum.at/museum-fuer-geschichte