Attersee-Austria Biennale di Venezia 1984


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Attersee – Austria Biennale di Venezia 1984
Christian Ludwig Attersee
120 pagina’s
Taal: Engels, Frans, Duits en Italiaans
Afmeting 23,50 x 28 cm
ISBN: niet van toepassing

Austria Biennale di Venezia 1984
It seems that Attersee’s presentation at the 1984 Venice Biennale takes place at an important moment in his personal and artistic career.
The results of his work in the past years have led to extremely relevant statements within contemporary movements in art.

International developments prove Attersee right who has been an early trailblazer of todays tendencies in painting.
This specific actuality of Attersee, combined with the intention to assure his work the necessary stature has led to his selection as the Austrian representative – both in the Austrian pavilion proper as well as in a separate one.

The presentation at the Biennale – not intended as a retrospective – can reveal only in parts (and
this catalogue tries to broaden the scope) the density and continuity of his development

Attersee is a product of the Viennese scene.
He subscribes to an extended view and interpretation of art and the artist, a view of the painter who does not only paint but develops a variety of ideas and concepts, not as thougths only but as realized product- using a multitude of media.

Those provocative, scurrilous and erotic objects have besides his made known Attersee initially
oeuvre in painting and drawings and of course himself as an exhibition-object, Austria’s pri-
de’ not only as sailing champion.

His involvement with the Vienna Scene’s protagonists and their wellknown utterances in a multitude of media have also established the intellectual ironic and poetic basis of his work and prevented
him from the danger of producing a series of aperçu’s, a trap into which an artist of Attersee’s vivid, fantasy and facility – with his further engagement as musician and singer – could fall easily.

Variety of action, experience and modes of expression is typical for a series of Viennese artists
but this variety usually centers of stature today around a main concern.
With Attersee this is now.

clearly painting. To this emphasis – his drawings
and paintings of the last few years – the Venice
show is devoted, including a few examples of ear-
lier work to testify for the continuity of his attitu-
de and approach. Attersee will be understood as
Viennese as well as a world artist.
It is a fitting coincidence, that his presentation ta-
kes place at the pavilion of Josef Hoffmann, at
the 50-years anniversary of a building by an archi-
tect whose view of the ” Gesamtkunstwerk” is At-
tersee’s immediate Viennese tradition
Hans Hollein