CORSO. INSIGHTS INTO THE ESSL COLLECTION
29/01 – 07/11/10, Exhibition Hall and Small Hall
Curator: Prof. Karlheinz Essl
Exhibition management: Andreas Hoffer, Günther Oberhollenzer
With more than 7000 works by international contemporary artists, the collection of Karlheinz and Agnes Essl offers a unique view on contemporary art. Austrian painting after 1945 forms the core of the collection, which was extended in the 1990s to include international artists. This offers a great opportunity for comparisons between Austrian and international artistic stances.
>CORSO< represents a cross-sectional view of the collection with the collector providing personal highlights and emphasising focus areas in the collection programme. Artists whose paintings are presented in exciting juxtaposition include Maria Lassnig and Kiki Kogelnik, Markus Prachensky and Pierre Soulages or Morris Louis, Sam Francis and Hans Bischoffshausen. An entire room is devoted to the work of the late German painter Sigmar Polke.
(492) Byzantinisches Labyrinth, 1961
Egg tempera on paper
73 x 61 cm
Photo: Photoatelier Laut, Wien
© 2010, GRUENER JANURA AG/Glarus, Schweiz
Aktionsmalerei, Kreuz, 1962
Dispersion on paper
286 x 236 cm
Photo: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
© VBK, Wien, 2010
Another thematic focus is on artists from the period of Vienna Actionism, including names such as Hermann Nitsch, Günter Brus, Alfons Schilling and Adolf Frohner. Special attention will be paid to the work of Otto Muehl, including action paintings and photographs of his action painting sessions from the 1960s.
The exhibition is rounded off by photographic work by VALIE EXPORT and Cindy Sherman as well as by sculptures and objects by Johannis Avramidis and Franz West.
>CORSO< offers a representative overview of the holdings of the Essl private collection and was developed as a response to the wish voiced by many visitors to see parts of the collection permanently on display.
Indianer mit Adler, 1975
180 x 149 cm
Photo: Archiv Sammlung Essl
© Nachlass des Künstlers
SMART EXPORT, 1970 / 2000
71,5 x 63 cm
Photo: Courtesy Galerie Charim, Wien
© VBK, Wien, 2010
The art education team offers guided tours and workshops during the exhibition, a guided tour >CORSO< every Sunday at 11.00a.m. Please access the current calendar of events at Kunstvermittlung.
Free bus shuttle
Visitors can reach the Essl Museum conveniently by free bus shuttle from Vienna city centre, Albertinaplatz 2 (Tues – Sun, 10 a.m., 12 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and return)
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