9. STUDIO TOMASSETTI
10. INT. GUEST STUDIO MALTATOR
11. GUEST STUDIO ALTSTADT GALLERY
12. HOLZFALTATELIER GMÜND
Since 1996, the City Tower of Gmünd is available for the Cultural Initiative as an impressive place for exhibitions for all the visitors coming to the medieval town. Every summer there is displayed an extensive exposition from artists with international reputation on four floors. In the last years, the Gallery in the City Tower of Gmünd has become famous for international acknowledged graphic reproduction (Kubin, Flora, Dürer, Goya, Miró etc.) and has counted growing numbers of visitors. Praise always goes to the good didactic implementation of the exhibitions and the wide framework programme with lectures and matinees, movie nights und special guiding offers. It’s mostly thanks to those big summer exhibitions in the Gallery in the City Tower, which brought a little fame as exhibiting town to Gmünd. By now, the Gallery in the City Tower is one of the most important exhibitions places in Upper Carinthia. Since the opening in 1996, there have been artists like Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and Joan Miró exhibited. This year, the Gallery in the City Tower presents a phenomenal selection of photographs by the famous Irish photographer Edward Quinn (1920-1997) who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.
Usually, there are specialist lecture matinees taking place, theme-based movies shown in the Cultural Cinema Gmünd and a wide-ranging Art Education programme for kids and school classes offered. Also, every year there is a catalogue of the exhibition published.
Picasso to Hockney.
EDWARD QUINN. Artist Photographer
The exhibition presents a phenomenal selection of photographs by the famous Irish photographer Edward Quinn (1920-1997) who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Despite difficult times for arts and culture currently, the Tower Gallery in Gmünd delivers a first-class exhibition. A selection of more than 70 perceptive and very personal shots by Quinn grant an insight into the world of some of the most important artists of the 20th century, among them Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dalí, Georg Baselitz, Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst as well as Henri Matisse and Joan Miró – artists whose work has been exhibited in Gmünd in the past. One of the rooms has been dedicated entirely to Pablo Picasso’s famous family and studio photographs whetting our appetite for the exclusive Picasso exhibition taking place next year. Edward Quinn was allowed to accompany Picasso as a friend and photographer for more than 20 years. It was by means of Picasso that Edward Quinn gained access to contemporary art and to those artists who would shape the last century.
The photographs truly present a Who is Who in modern art!
Quinn was an expert at blending and uniting into one the respective artist’s artwork, their personality, and the life they led. It was that talent which made him one of the most popular artist photographers of his time.
QUINN LECTURES & CATALOGUE
Saturday 25th July 2020, 11am, Cinema Gmünd
MMag. Julia Schuster, Die Riviera als Bühne. Picasso an der Côte d´Azur
Saturday 15th August 2020, 11am, Cinema Gmünd
Intend. Angelica Ladurner, Augen-Blicke. Über das Sehen in der Literatur
Saturday 29th August 2020, 11am, Cinema Gmünd
Univ. Prof. Dr. Edgar Lein, Edward Quinns Fotos von Künstlern im Atelier
Unless otherwise noted, please be aware that the lectures will be held in German.
The extensive catalogue designed for this exhibition provides an insight into the works shown, as well as the written record and memories penned by Edward Quinn himself. We thank the Edward Quinn Archive, Switzerland.
Adults: € 9,00
Children over 6 years, pupils and students: € 4,50
Groups over 10 persons: € 7,50 per person
Free entry with the Kärnten Card
Our well-trained and motivated guiding team is looking forward to show you through the exhibition of EDWARD QUINN. Price per guided tour for a maximum of 25 persons is € 50,--.
For kids and school classes there is also a child-orientated offer: First, they get a special guided tour for kids in the Gallery in the City Tower and afterwards they can be part of an art education workshop.
Stadtturmgalerie Gmünd, Main Square
6th June to 11th October 2020, daily from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm
Entrance fee | Free entry with Kärnten Card
For more than 20 years, the Gallery Gmünd has been the heart of the cultural work in Gmünd. The gallery is located in a former stable building which belongs to a local bank and is rented by the Cultural Initiative. This gallery is a platform for young contemporary art, whose exhibitions show current tendencies in the Austrian and international art scene. Classical techniques such as painting and graphics as well as installations and cross-over performances, sculpture or conceptual positions find their place in Gallery Gmünd. The programme in this gallery is sponsored by Dolomitenbank Gmünd.
Larissa Leverenz leads the observer into a world of surreal and strange beauty. In her works, familiar objects and the surreal co-exist. She draws her inspiration from everyday life, her childhood but also her dreams or fears. Like a filmmaker, Leverenz combines in her artistic spaces the everyday with the alien. The unknown expanse of the cosmos, a space for aspirations and dreams, is juxtaposed with common objects which reinforce the human presence.
Larissa Leverenz, born in Cologne in 1978, studied at the Higher School for Design in Münster and from 2005 to 2010 at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2011, she has been working there as senior artist in the department of reprography and screen printing. Recipient of numerous prizes, publications and exhibitions.
Gallery Gmünd, Hintere Gasse
6th June to 28th July 2020, daily from 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
Moussa Kone mainly uses the medium of drawing and installation. The stark contrast defining his art is achieved by compositions of positive and negative shapes dramatically arranged due to the sparing use of colour. The systematic homogenous hatching which composes the dark areas in his art works form a striking characteristic. Kone is also preoccupied with the conditions surrounding the production and reception of art, as expressed in his art installation “Kunstklappe”. Moreover, he has also published numerous artbooks, many of them in collaboration with authors.
Born in 1978 in Scheibbs. Kone studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna from 1999 to 2003. In 2009, he received the Strabag Artaward and the state grant for visual arts, residency at the ISCP New York and recipient of the Lower Austrian 2013 prize for culture. Numerous publications and exhibitions. Kone lives and works in Vienna.
1st August to 11th October 2020, daily from 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
The Gallery Miklautz, Old & New Art hosts former guest artists of the Cultural Initiative Gmünd and gives them a place to display their latest works of art. The gallery is located in wonderful gothic rooms where this year a broad range beginning with early art history leading to current Urban Art is exposed.
ELKE MAIER & GEORG PLANER
This year, the local artist couple Elke Maier and Georg Planer will transform the gallery Miklautz’s barrel vault into a work of art caught in a field of tension created by opposing powers. The archaic room provides the space where the sculptor Georg Planer’s earth-bound mummies meet and intertwine with Elke Maier’s fascination with silk thread. The overtone singing from the “Haus des Staunens” (Manfred Tischitz), will add to the experience of this installation thus reaching for the sublime.
Elke Maier studied art and graphic at the Academy for Visual Arts in Munich (1986-1993) and at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna (1998/99). Between 1987 – 1992, Georg Planer studied sculpture with Prof. Avramidis at the Academy for Visual Arts in Vienna (diploma with distinction) and in Munich. Both artists have received several awards.
Galerie Miklautz, Old & New Art, Hintere Gasse
20th Mai to 11th October 2020, MO to SA, 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
www.elke-maier.webnode.com | www.miklautz.at
The Alte Burg Gmünd is an old castle located on the highest point of the small town with a marvellous view over the valley. In the castle, there is a lot to see: a gothic cellar, the Knight Hall and the Lodron Hall to only mention the exhibition places. The programme exposed there is a mixed one. Many local artists or artists from partner towns can present their work there as well as schools or sheltered workshops.
Still lives, depictions of nature and portraits define Amann’s oeuvre. He usually paints his landscapes outside, in direct contact with the object. His artwork stands out through bold colours and an exquisite play of light. Amann uses the act of painting to feel close to the object and to thoroughly experience the moment despite the fast-paced lives we lead. Thus, he transforms the classic technique into something new.
Alex Amann was born in 1957 in Bleiberg (Carinthia). He studied at the Academy for Visual Arts in Vienna with artists such as Anton Lehmden and Bruno Gironcoli. He now lives and works in Paris and in Nötsch in Gailtal (Carinthia).
Old Castle Gmünd
23rd July to 31st October 2020, until 13th September daily between 11.30am – 8pm,
from 14th September WED-SA, 11.30am – 8pm und SO, 11.30am – 3pm
The photo gallery Krämmer is among the oldest and still most beautiful exhibition spaces in the artist town. The private gallery belongs to the passionate photographer Richard Krämmer who every year manages to surprise visitors with new and impressive photo series of Gmünd and its inhabitants. This year the gallery is open from July until mid-October.
Richard Krämmer, born in 1964 in Gmünd, is a founding member of the cultural initiative. For the last ten years he has opened up the ground floor of his exemplary renovated house as a space for numerous national and international photographers to exhibit and present their work.
Fotogalerie Krämmer, Untere Vorstadt
1st July until 11th October 2020
Open daily between 10am – 6pm
In 2016, a new gallery opened its doors outside the walls of Gmünd, only about 500 m from the main square, and it offers innovative things. Since then, the Gallery August has developed to a visitors’ magnet for a simple reason: the special ambiance of the old and impressively renovated house is just as impressive as Jens Augusts giant format photographs. Very soon, a new entry in the guest book appeared: “This has to be one of the most beautiful galleries in Europe!” and it did not take long until national and international journalists and reporters arrived. All of this is thanks to the German photographer Jens August who once worked as popular fashion and advertising photograph and, in the meantime, chose the region of Gmünd as his new home. After just six months of renovation there was a new gallery to be marvelled at, with furniture and accessories from Antiques Miklautz, even including a small gallery café. Already one year after the opening, Jens August came up with the next idea: art containers on the main square, which provide mobile exhibition rooms.
JENS AUGUST, PATRIZIA CASAGRANDA, KLAUS FROST
In 2016, photographer and artist Jens August decided to bring back to life the old Jury-Villa in Gmünd after it had stood empty for 20 years. Since then, it has been a gallery as well as a place of respite.
The rooms are defined by various themes expressed in Jens August’s large-size photographs and paintings as well as the works of ever-changing guest artists. The eclectic furniture supplied by Miklautz Antiquities contributes to the unique experience. This year’s theme “Consolation for the Heart” is explored through Jens August’s portraits in conjunction with paintings by Patrizia Casagranda and Klaus Frost.
Use your visit to enjoy a cup of good coffee or a refreshing drink in the small but outstanding gallery coffee shop.
Gallery August, Waschanger 8
20th Mai to 31st October 2020, open WED-SO, between 11am – 6pm
AUGUST ART CUBE
JENS AUGUST, KATHARINA STEINER
Jens August’s (artist and gallery owner) idea was to give art a space where there is none. The idea behind a mobile container is that it can be fashioned on the inside and outside and then be positioned in a public space within the town. It has been on the main square for the third year, inviting visitors to enter, walk through and experience its contents. This year visitors will find Jens August’s photo art on the walls while nature artist Katharina Steiner has attached her floral art to the ceiling of the container, allowing for a new perspective. Taking pictures is explicitly encouraged.
Gallery August Art Cube, Main Square Gmünd
between 6th June to 11th October 2020, open daily and free entry
This gallery of the artists BIRGIT BACHMANN and FRITZ RUSS is always worth a visit! Coming from the street (the Kirchgasse) you first enter a small courtyard and then the three exhibition rooms full of art and atmosphere. Birgit Bachmann impresses with her typical oil woodcut made with harmonised, muted colours and her meticulously made graphite drawings. Fritz Russ’ big, eye-catching metal sculptures show his creativity and expertise – for example a dog made of chains, a sheep made of steel wool, a cow made of milk pots. Also, LAURIEN BACHMANN, Bank Austria art award winner 2012, attracts attention with her new works.
BIRGIT BACHMANN & FRITZ RUSS
Local metal sculptor Fritz Russ and painter Birgit Bachmann’s private gallery in Kirchgasse 44 is open all year round from sunrise until sunset. It is one of the most impressive and beloved galleries in the artist town.
From Kirchgasse an inner courtyard leads visitors to three exhibition rooms where we find sculptures as well as impressive graphite drawings and coloured oil-xylographs. The exhibited objects are always changing, hence even several visits are a rewarding experience. For more information on the artists, please go to the websites below.
Private gallery Bachmann | Russ, Kirchgasse
Open all year, daily between 9am-7pm
www.birgitbachmann.at | www.fritzruss.com
The amazing and constantly extended sculpture garden of the repeatedly awarded metal sculptor FRITZ RUSS fascinates countless cultural interested visitors year after year. Opened all year round from sunset till sundown the garden invites to stroll, watch and wonder. Whether a walk-in castle made of locks or a huge toolbox made of old rusty tools – it’s always tools used over decades from various professions that the artist give new life and purpose. It is really worth a visit just to see how lovely arranged and spread those unique works of art are in this garden along the riverside!
It is fascinating to observe the local sculptor Fritz Russ at work in his studio which overhangs the river Malta. When strolling through his sculpture garden, the observer marvels at the artist’s unending imagination which inspires him to create metal sculptures from discarded everyday objects and tools.
Fritz Russ is multiple award winner, including the Kärntner Landesförderungspreisträger 2000 for visual arts. The originality and ingenuity of his work is undeniable. His creations are set free in the old stonewalled garden adjoining the artist’s fire red studio on one side, and the river on the other side. The sculpture garden is a magnet for visitors of the artist town.
Garden of Sculptures Fritz Russ
The Gallery Studio Tomassetti in the Kirchgasse offers insight in the artistic work of the two artists living in Gmünd LARISSA TOMASSETTI and FRANK TOMASSETTI-KROPIUNIK during summer. Larissa Tomassetti, who likes to get inspiration from nature, is characterised by her large-sized colourful paintings. A passion for abstract painting and strong colours marks the works of Frank Tomassetti-Kropiunik. Both artists exhibit as well in a small studio at the City Tower.
»Art is an approach to the deepest appearances of life. Being aware of the never ending growing process and continuous changes, I am trying to find a visual expression for this form-finding eclosion.« (LT)
The exhibition demonstrates how the series RedPoint2020 finds a sequel in the works of GrowingOut. While the warm colour and the organic shape of the Tondi themselves remind us of basic symbols for developing life, the geometric circles also epitomise infinity and invite the observer to contemplate various philosophic topics.
Larissa Tomassetti who was born in Villach in 1972, studied at the HS Mozarteum in Salzburg. She has received numerous prizes and awards. She has been part of international exhibitions since the 1990’s and her works form part of private and public collections. Her artwork comprises of painting, installation, and performance.
Studio Tomassetti, Kirchgasse
1st May to 4th October 2020, open daily between 10am – 6pm
Live-Performance by the “PartnerGarnelen” (PartnerShrimps) on 11th August at 7pm
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