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The Fair Art&Antique Hofburg Vienna looks back upon a long history - almost five decades. This year, the fair takes place for the 49th time. Photo: © artnovini.comFrom November 4 to 12, 2017, in the fair will participate in 46 exhibitors.

VIENNA. Inner joy and gratification are sweeter and more constant than all the noisy distractions of this world,” Empress Maria Theresia (1717-1780), born 300 years ago, knew. In this spirit, the Art&Antique exhibitors invite you to the great monarch’s former Residence, Vienna’s Hofburg, from November 4 to 12, 2017. The week after All Saints’ Day - such is the tradition that has now reached the impressive age of 49 years, with the State Rooms of Vienna’s Hofburg showing off the most exquisite works of art every year. All have been carefully chosen by Austria’s best art experts, complemented by a few chosen international colleagues. 46 exhibitors have gone in search of inner joy” in 2017, inviting their audience to leave behind the noisy bustle of daily life during the pre-holiday season and wander the Hofburg’s State Rooms instead, announced

Ludwig Koch - ‘Imperial Maneuver - Emperor Franz Joseph I and Archduke Franz Ferdinand’, 1908; oil on canvas, 170 x 235 cm. Photo: Lilly‘s Contemporary Art Exclusive AntiquesWood, Terracotta and Bronze Delights

The 49th Art&Antique Hofburg Vienna - Fair for art, antiques and design, and its rich offerings are part of a great tradition. Especially for those who know that Empress Maria Theresia had an affinity for sculpture. This is demonstrated by a current exhibition at the Belvedere, examining and re-evaluating the Empress’ passion for the arts and the role she played for the art of her time. Sculpture is also an art form currently enjoying increasing popularity - as reflected not least by the offerings to be found at Art&Antique. One of the outstanding works is a wonderful old masterpiece, Mary with Child, to be found at Kunsthandel Runge. It was carved from linden wood in Southern Germany around 1500.

At the other end of the great, fascinating spectrum, we find The E by Wander Bertoni (1925), on display at the Galerie bei der Albertina - Zetter. The abstract work is part of the series The Imaginary Alphabet. It is a stele made of polished bronze, 164 cm in height. Bronze is the material from which many sculptures are crafted. It was used by the renowned Austrian Art Deco sculptor Franz Barwig (1868-1931), among many others. Barwig, the son of a small farmer from Moravia, began his career as a wood sculptor and became famous for his animal sculptures. Patrick Kovacs Kunsthandel shows one of these, a Standing Bear, Tussling, measuring 44 cm and cast around 1909 in Vienna by the K. & K. Kunst-Erzgießerei.

The Art Deco specialist Susanne Bauer (1969) follows suit with a Heron of 1911. It measures 33 cm and is made of patinated bronze, just like the tussling bear.

Contemporary artists are also partial to this alloy, which contains mainly copper. One of them is the great sculptor Josef Kostner (1933) from the Southern Tyrol, who created his work entitled Tré inant (114 cm high) in 1966. It can be found at the booth of Galerie Maier.

Galerie Alessandro Casciaro from Bolzano makes its Art&Antique debut with sculptures as well, showing Ipsum by Lois Anvidalfarei (1962), also from the Southern Tyrol. The fact that it does not always have to be bronze, on the other hand, is proven impressively by the German artist Robert Metzkes (1954), who is second to none when it comes to shaping large figures from terracotta. One example is his Girl with Inclined Head of 2007, to be found at Kunsthaus Wiesinger.

Art&Antique Hofburg Vienna - exhibition view. Photo: © artnovini.comGlowing Fields of Colour,
Burning Classics

Incidentally, it was under the regency of Maria Theresia that the Imperial holdings of paintings moved from the Stallburg to the Upper Belvedere. In terms of cultural policy, the decision to open the gardens and palace to the public proved farsighted. To this day, the Belvedere is a centre of Austrian art. Naturally, it holds all those masters who have long become classics - yet the Hofburg fair also offers outstanding samples of their work.

Of course these include main protagonists of Viennese Actionism, for example: how about a Cornfield by Otto Muehl (1925-2013)? Boasting intense and glowing colours, it measures 160 x 200 cm and can be found at Kunsthandel Giese & Schweiger. It is signed and dated 1987. Somewhat later, in 1992, the great Actionist Hermann Nitsch (1938) created one of his famous pouring paintings (acrylic and jute, 110 x 190 cm) - on view at Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill from Graz.

When the Art&Antique opens its doors, there are still a few weeks left to visit the current Biennial in Venice. The two most important Austrian protagonists of Informel were also exhibited there. Hans Staudacher (1923) showed his works at the Hoffmann Pavilion in 1956. At the same time, between 1952 and 1958, the artist created his large-format collage Fire! (The French in Vienna), presented at the fair by Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman. Galerie Richard Ruberl shows an early, untitled oil painting, an overpainting by Arnulf Rainer (1929) dated 1959. In 1978, Rainer’s art was also shown at the Giardini in Venice. A third Biennial artist is on display at the Hofburg: Max Weiler (1910-2001) created his Composition in Blue and Brown (1956) four years before being exhibited in Venice (Galerie bei der Albertina - Zetter).

Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601-1678), ‘Two hermits talking’; oil on canvas, 60 x 94 cm. Photo: © Kunsthandel Werner ZöchlingAnother enthusiastic Venetian was Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000). He may not have represented Austria at the world art show that is the Biennial, but he bought a palazzo and garden in 1979. Earlier, in 1973, he created The ways to Santana - Les toits d’un violet nostalgique using egg tempera, oil on crayon on carton on aluminium, offered at Schütz Fine Art. Among Austrian modernists, Franz Grabmayr, who passed away in 2015, occupies a special position. He valued loneliness and reclusiveness, especially that offered by the Waldviertel. His oil painting Evening (1988) can be found at Galerie Artemons Contemporary. Gottfried Helnwein (1948) has been internationally renowned for decades, and yet he is also a classic of Austrian art - not least since even the Albertina discovered his oeuvre. At the Hofburg, he has his impressive place at Kaiblinger - Galerie & Kunsthandel, showing The Murmur of the Innocents 47 (2014-2017).

Current Works - Between Little
Black Dresses and Mountaintops

Since Empress Maria Theresia lacked the budget to buy the greatest of the Old Masters, she stuck to contemporary art, occasionally exhibiting almost progressive tastes. However, we will never know whether Hubert Pfaffenbichler El Hombre” (1942-2008) and his series Shape of 2007 would have met with her approval. Galerie Ernst Hilger, however, is wholly convinced of the power of his intensely colourful pictures! A very recent position can be found in Igor Oleinikov’s (1968) Watchman (2016) at Neue Kunst Gallery. The exhibitor from Karlsruhe makes its Hofburg debut with this large format (24 x 190 cm).

Icons… Photo: © artnovini.comSchütz Fine Art - Chinese Department,

on the other hand, is well-established here, having contributed fascinating contemporary Chinese art to the fair for years. This time, its offerings include Cao Jun’s (1966) painting The Noble Mystery of 2015. Another world-famous artist is Alex Katz, a doyen of contemporary art. Born in New York in 1927, the artist once again concentrates on fetching young women: this time, Ulla, Black Dress V (2015) makes a large-format appearance among other works at Galerie Weihergut. Marc Adrian, who passed away in Vienna in 2008, was uncommonly versatile and complex. A film-maker and visual artist, he was also noted for his literary works, studied sculpture at the Vienna Academy and perception psychology at the Vienna University. He also held a professorship in painting and aesthetic theory in Hamburg. Panarte/Galerie Leonhard commemorates this extraordinary personality among Austrian modernists with a relief behind Edelit glass (1967).

Two major contemporary artists, Erwin Bohatsch (1951) and Herbert Brandl (1959), are also represented at the Hofburg. Both are originally from Styria. Bohatsch justifies his reputation as a central protagonist of abstract painting with a work in oil and translucent ink, displayed at Galerie Reinisch Contemporary Graz. Herbert Brandl, who has also been shown at the Biennial, exhibits one of his famous mountains in an equally monumental format at Galerie 422 Margund Lössl. The Salzburg-based artist Christoph Kiefhaber (1941) looks not to the mountains, but to The Ruins of Ma’rib (Yemen I) (1999), gouache, oil crayon, ink, graphite and acrylics on hand-crafted paper), to be found at Kunst-Service. Karl Korab, on the other hand, remains at home, showing Waldviertel landscapes at Kunsthandel Erich Weninger.    More - page 2

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