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Two of the casket: European retrospectives of Fuchs and Hundertwasser

Take one part of psychedelic ornate spirals and endless lines, add two parts of alchemical and religious elements, a pinch of magical surrealism and mix it all with the killer energy of the cult characters of Austrian art. Get a delicious cake from the two must see exhibitions this summer: a large-scale retrospective by Ernst Fuchs in Bratislava and his joint exhibition with Hundertwasser in the German commune Riegel. Real jam!

Slovak seasons

From May 28 to September 21, 2014, Bratislava will take a retrospective of the 65-year-old creative life of Ernst Fuchs in the city gallery of the Palffy Palace on Panskaya Street, 19, which is in the very center of the Slovak capital.

The most outstanding graphic series of the artist devoted to the pages of the Old and New Testament, portraits, icons, mysticism of Christianity and Judaism, ghostly and caustically bright landscapes will be the leitmotif of the exhibition, which has already won a place in the short list of art events of the year. Those who get to the city gallery through the thorns of medieval thread-streets, cathedrals and cozy cafes will be able to see the same cycle of drawings "Unicorn", which experts consider the most "boshovsky". From detailed prints to monumental works: the exposition contrasts Fuchs 50s with Fuchs 70s. Look and do not say then that you have not seen!

The Viennese adept of fantastic realism Ernst Fuchs (born February 13, 1930) himself called Dali his "successor on Earth." Detailed works of the author resemble the paintings of another mystic, the Dutchman Bosch. And if maestro Salvador worked in the castle of Figueres near Barcelona, ​​which became a cult place for pilgrimage of his admirers, Fuchs located his frequent museum in an old villa in Vienna.

Two birds with one stone

From April 5 to September 14, 2014, the products of the highly non-trivial thought process of Fuchs and Hundertwasser are shown in the exhibition hall of the German Riegel (Kaiserstuhl) near Stuttgart. The heroes of the Vienna art scene met in the 40s. However, in their work there is a mass of opposites on which the exhibition is built, the organizers note.Graphics Monotype belongs to the group of flat printing techniques. Unlike other prints, which allow you to make a lot of impressions from one form, here you get only one image (hence the "mono" - "one" - in the title). Most often monotypes are used by illustrators of children's books. It is also popular with psychologists (to ascertain the inner state of a person) and teachers (for the development of imagination in children). Read more Collagraphy - a relatively new type of embossed printing. It was invented in the middle of the 20th century and combines environmental friendliness, ease of execution, richness of textures and plastics, and, moreover, it is well combined with other graphic manners (for example, "dry needle"). The printed matrix is ​​a collage (hence the name combining the words "collage" and "graph") and is created by sticking various materials — fabrics, plastic, sand, plants, and so on — to a wooden or cardboard base using various pastes. Read more In the second half of the 15th century, woodcuts began to crowd out an engraving on metal or intalo. The term is derived from the Italian intagliare, meaning "cut, incline, cut through." Unlike woodcuts, where the protruding portions of the matrix are imprinted on paper, here visible traces are left by grooves containing ink. Therefore, metal engraving belongs to the group of intaglio printing techniques. Read on to the freedom-loving Hundertwasser represented from the 50s until the death of the artist: 50 works from private collections, rarely shown to the public. As for Fuchs, for the first time in a long time in Germany his graphics are exhibited. Monotype belongs to the group of flat printing techniques. Unlike other prints, which allow you to make a lot of impressions from one form, here you get only one image (hence the "mono" - "one" - in the title). Most often monotypes are used by illustrators of children's books. It is also popular with psychologists (to ascertain the inner state of a person) and teachers (for the development of imagination in children). Read more Collagraphy - a relatively new type of embossed printing. It was invented in the middle of the 20th century and combines environmental friendliness, ease of execution, richness of textures and plastics, and, moreover, it is well combined with other graphic manners (for example, "dry needle"). The printed matrix is ​​a collage (hence the name combining the words "collage" and "graph") and is created by sticking various materials — fabrics, plastic, sand, plants, and so on — to a wooden or cardboard base using various pastes. Read more In the second half of the 15th century, woodcuts began to crowd out an engraving on metal or intalo. The term is derived from the Italian intagliare, meaning "cut, incline, cut through." Unlike woodcuts, where the protruding portions of the matrix are imprinted on paper, here visible traces are left by grooves containing ink. Therefore, metal engraving belongs to the group of intaglio printing techniques. To read further, drawing, pastelPastel (from Lat. Pasta - dough) - materials, in the form of crayons, used in painting and drawing. May be waxed, dry and oily. Dry pastel involves the use of the method of shading, with which you can achieve soft color transitions. In addition, there are solid pastels for drawing and soft for juicy large strokes. The image is applied on a textured surface that can hold the pigment: velvet, pastel and emery or tinted paper for watercolor. Previously, the wizard painted even suede. The only negative - the ability to crumble. Therefore, after completing the work, the picture is fixed with a special material or ordinary hairspray. The name of the colors comes from the name of the technique "a pastello", used by Italian artists of the sixteenth century. Two centuries later, this trend was picked up in France. Artists, first of all, appreciated the speed and ease of writing paintings using pastels. It was used by Degas, with a wide application of paint on the surface, and after - by treating with steam, which made the material flexible for feathering with fingers. Read on, as well as sculpture. Agree, an experience, fascinating both for experts on art, and for idly interested.Exodus into spaceFredensreich Hundertwasser1971, 41.5 × 59.3 cm

Friedesreich Hundertwasser (real name - Friedrich Shtovasser, 1928 - 2000) - this tourists are known to numerous tourists who flooded Vienna every year. True, most of all in sight - “the very colorful houses” of the Austrian original, which have become the hallmark of the capital.

But this outstanding architect and designer, a pioneer of the bio-tech style (trees grow from the windows!), Was also an excellent artist, author of organic lifestyle manifestos and organizer of performances. And wherever it may be, the colorful lines of Hundertwasser's creations form a vivid plot.

Down with the gray boxes! Every inhabitant of the house of Hundertwasser can let go of his fantasy and paint the facade around his window in the color that he wishes.

... at the same exhibition - and the work of Fuchs

It seems that interest in bright surrealistic and rebellious phenomena is again at its peak. Creations of the Viennese, of course, can be viewed in Vienna (we will tell more about this in the Arthive), but for now the exhibition in Bratislava seems to us the most accessible and large-scale.

(photo by Michael Haberer)