Permanent loans from the Grothe Collection. In his work, Kiefer deals with basic experiences of human existence such as nature, history and myth. The diverse layers of meaning in his art are made evident through the combination of deeply symbolic materials such as clay, lead, ashes and plants. Conceptual Photography from the Collection. The exhibition opens with the presentation of the Otto Breicha Prize for Photographic Art to experimental filmmaker and photographer Ferry Radax.
Anselm Kiefer - Permanent loans from the Grothe Collection
Curated by Toni Stooss und Eleonora Louis
A selection of works by German artists Anselm Kiefer (born in 1945) from the legendary Grothe Collection is presented in the Museum der Moderne in the context of a small exhibition. The museum was able to receive these and further works as permanent loans which are now presented in Salzburg for the first time together with other private loans. An exhibition which will put all permanent loans from the Grothe Collection in a larger context within the collection is scheduled for autumn 2007.
In his work, Anselm Kiefer consciously deals with basic experiences of human existence such as nature, history and myth. The diverse layers of meaning in his art are made evident through the combination of diverse, sometimes juxtaposed, deeply symbolic materials such as clay, lead, ashes and plants. Also the inclusion of writing or scripture using names, titles, numbers or denominations of sites unmistakeably refers to the topics he explores. The works by Anselm Kiefer express a special fascination and are often said to be encrypted messages.
Conceptual Photography from the Collection
curated by Margit Zuckriegl
The Österreichische Fotogalerie (the Austrian Photographic Gallery) has in its collection an extensive and very specific pool of photographic works by Austrian and international artists who deal with photographic concepts. A solid selection of seldom displayed and lesser-known works will be shown from this section for the first time. The exhibition opens with the presentation of the Otto Breicha Prize for Photographic Art to experimental filmmaker and photographer Ferry Radax. Fifty of the prizewinner’s photographic works will be displayed, some from the collection of the Österreichische Fotogalerie/Museum der Moderne, some from the photographic collection of the Bund, and some from the artist’s collection. A new approach to photography developed after the end of the Second World War. The interest of a new generation of photographers was no longer only in photographic images; young artists began experimenting with new approaches, exploring complex artistic ideas in more extensive contexts, and including all photographic possibilities. These possibilities extended from serial configurations of individual photos to analytical concepts, from simultaneous photo tableaus to dialogically arranged comparisons, from the search for something structural in an image to dramaturgically composed superimpositions and collages. Artists like Ferry Radax, whose photographic work is closely linked to his innovative approach to photos and photographic procedures, transformed the imaginative potential of surrealism into a conceptual narrative strategy. Likewise, the two artists Curt Stenvert and Gerhard Rühm cannot be assigned to pure photography, but are also part of the initiatives established in the 1950s and 1960s lying between intellectual examination and playful exploration. The possibilities of photography extend almost infinitely. Erich Kees, Manfred Willmann, Branko Lenart, and Fritz Simak undertook image research on the nature of “the photograph in itself” in the discursive 1970s. Here, too, the concepts of those who are not photographers can be found, as with Thomas Reinhold and Felix Kalmar, who continued to explore the latest conceptualised photographic works of Martin Eiter. Roland Fischer’s “concrete” façade photos and Jean-Luc Vilmouth’s “sculptural” photoobject combinations complement these works.
Otto Breicha Prize for Contemporary Art
Otto Breicha (1932 – 2003). In 1983, the founding director of the Rupertinum (today the Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum) not only established the first photographic collection in the country, but he also started a remarkable photographic oeuvre for photographers/photographic artists who were Austrian or living in Austria, the “Rupertinum – Photography Prize”, which was awarded every two years. Previously this award was given to Alfred Seiland 1983, Otmar Thorman 1985, Branko Lenart 1987, Heinz Cibulka 1989, Manfred Willmann 1991, Walter Berger 1993, Paul Albert Leitner 1995, Friedl Kubelka 1997, Seiichi Furuya 1999 and Peter Dressler 2001. After a pause over the last 5 years, starting in 2007 there will be a new emphasis on the prize with a new endowment, and instead of the “Rupertinum Photography Prize” it is being renamed the “Otto Breicha Prize for Photographic Art”. A jury will again award the prize every two years. With the resumption of this Breicha initiative, the Museum der Moderne would like to commemorate our founding director this year on his 75th birthday. Upon expert recommendation, the first “Otto Breicha Prize for Photographic Art” is being presented on March 2, 2007 to Ferry Radax (born 1932). Radax is considered a groundbreaking international artist of Austrian Avant Garde films and has created an as yet little-known photographic oeuvre dealing with his film productions and with the “Strohkoffer” artist gallery from the “Art Club” at that time. Christa and Philipp Otto Breicha deserve many thanks for their wonderful and generous contribution to the endowment, thus enabling the reinstatement of the Prize for Photographic Art.
Museum der Moderne
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