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January 2014



Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat Collaboration

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The last expo at the Kunstforum Vienna showed works of the collaboration between Andy Warhol

and Jean-Michel Basquiat. It was Bruno Bischofberger who brought the two artist together already

having in mind the Collaboration, aware of the principal readiness of both to work together.

Tony Shafrazi, in cooperation with Bruno Bischofberger, was the first to show the Collaboration

of Warhol and Basquiat in the New York gallery ; he had the two artists photographed in boxer

outfits for the photo motif : Collaboration as Battle, the canvas as a boxing ring.




was born on the 22 December 1960 in Brooklyn, New York.

He grows up there as a child of Caribbean parents.He showed his artistic talents already early.

After starting out at the graffiti scene- from which he later distance himself- Basquiat scrapes a living

together by selling self designed T-shirts and Postcards.

He plays in the band Gray, a reference to the Gray’s Anatomy, a book which gave his mother to him

when he had to be am extend period in hospital and which served him later as motif repertoire for his

drawings and paintings. Basquiat borrows techniques of mixing and sampling from New York street

culture.In 1982 he is the youngest artist ever to be represented at the documenta7 in Kassel.

A year later he meets Warhol. From now on his career as an artist takes a ballistic course.

For his motifs Basquiat draws on all imaginable and various sources: high culture, pop culture ,

medecine, religion, history. He dovetails imaginary and text, likewise everyday culture, with the black

african tradition. Within 8 years he produce a wide-ranging oeuvre encompassing painting,

drawings an objects. Basquias tragique death-despite several failed withdrawal attempts, he died 1988

after a overdose of heroin.

Until today, the reputation of a drug-addicted infant terrible of the art scene has always overshadowed

his work as an artist.




Andy Warhol

Was born August 6th 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The son of Ruthenian immigrants, Andy Warhol studied art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

He worked as an advertising designer before becoming, in effect, the Father of Pop Art with his

silk-screened pictures of Campbell’s Soup cans and distorted images of Marilyn Monroe.

He was the leading artist of the Pop Art.

His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement

that flourished by the 1960s.

Andy Warhol died following complications from gall bladder surgery. He was 58 years old.


The exhibition place this grandiose Collaboration in central focus.

warhol_basquiat collaboration





October 2013




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Portrait Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse par André Derain



On my last trip to Vienna I went to the Albertina, where you can see at the moment the fantastic

exhibition of THE FAUVES


The period of Fauvism, lasting from 1905 to about 1908, was a brief duration but

had a profound influence on the development of the Expressionists.


The Fauves appearance 1905 was certainly the highlight of  the Salon d ‘Automne in Paris

A gang of artists surprised and shocked both the public and art critics with their latest

freely brushed creations and the colorful, intensely luminous colors. The paintings literally

roared from the walls.The motif was secondary: what counted was the expression.


The name Fauvism was taken from the french word the Fauves, meaning the wild beast.

It was the critic Louis Vauxcelles that called these painters Fauves.

This titel was appropriate because of their use of uncontrolled abrasive and intense colors.


Henri Matisse was the head and the spokesman of the fauves.

The key of his success in using such exaggerated colors was the realization that he had to

simplify his drawing. If he intensified the quality of color for the expressive effect ,he must

reduce the amount of details used in drawing the shapes and forms of the image.

Around Henri Matisse was

André Derain

Henri Manguin

Albert Marquet,

Maurice de Vlaminck

George Braque,

Orthon Friesz

Raoul Duffy and many more

Woman at the Rat Mort

Woman at the Rat Mort


160 paintings are waiting for you in the Albertina , Vienna

until the 12.012014




May 2013



Gottfried HELNWEIN

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Helnwein’s work express the widely repressed and tabooed theme of how society deals with

violence.In touching this issue he has chosen the helpless child as his central symbolic figure:

a defenseless victim of power, aggression, humiliation and cruelty.

Gottfried Helnwein is born 1948 in Vienna and is for sure one of the most famous and contra-versed

austrian artists.His hyperrealistic way of painting aggress you, touch you, don’t let you indifferent

At the moment there is a huge retrospective of Gottfried Helnwein in the Vienna Albertina Museum.

I can strongly recommend to visit this exhibition, even if it is on the edge of what i could stand to see.

But each canvas had such a strong impact on me and i think that is exactly what a painter want to transmit,

that his painting don’t let you indifferent.


On one of the walls of the exhibition you could read:

Time and again I am surprised at the response pictures manage to elicit: people feel outraged, insulted,

confused and even threatened by a piece of canvas and several milligrams of paint spread on it.

They well know that what they see in my pictures is only fiction. Even so, they are able to watch war,

murder, torture and dead people on television without having any problem with it.

Yet they are thrown off track by a piece of canvas


Yes,how true, but this pieces of canvas are masterpieces and Mister Helnwein, you should be very proud that

your “several milligrams of paint spread on it” can produce so many emotions!





















May 2013



KUNSTFORUM don t miss

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  • Meret Oppenheim, Pelzhandschuhe, 1936, Ursula Hauser Collection, Switzerland, Foto: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich © VBK, Wien, 2013Meret Oppenheim

21.03. – 14.07.2013


Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) Is one of the most important and individual artists of the twentieth century.  Even while she was still young, Breakfast in Fur – a cup clothed in fur – turned the scandal-ridden muse into a legend and ensured her position as the leading exponent of French Surrealism. Her diverse and independent oeuvre encompassed painting, sculpture, poetry and design, eschewing stylistic classifications and stringent lines of development. Oppenheim’s interest was for the transformation blurring the demarcations between the sexes, between man and animal, nature and culture, dream and reality. Her inspiration was mobilised as much by myths, games and dreams as it was by literary sources and the writings of C.G. Jung. In the nineteen-seventies Oppenheim, who fought against socially assigned gender roles, became a central identification figure in feminism.  Her credo was “Freedom isn’t given, it has to be taken“ .

In 2013, for Oppenheim’s hundredth birthday, the Vienna Kunstforum is presenting the first posthumous in Austria retrospective ever devoted to this fascinating artistic personality. Subsequently the exhibition will be shown in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.


Curator: Heike Eipeldauer