Austrian Contemporary Art

Christian Ludwig Attersee – NEW AUSTRIAN PAINTING- the lone wolf in Austrian Art – not only in the 60ies

On Mr. Attersee´s website ( you can read

“Christian Ludwig Attersee was born in 1940 in Bratislava/Slovakia and moved
to Austria in 1944; today he lives in Vienna and Semmering in Lower Austria.
Attersee spent his youth in Aschach near Linz and in Attersee, Upper
Austria; he was one of the great sailing sportsmen of Austria – thus his nom
de plume Attersee. He made his name not only as an artist in the fine and
visual arts, but also as a musician, writer, object maker, designer, set
designer and film maker.
Attersee is noted first and foremost as one of the leading exponents of
objective painting in Europe during the last 50 years; he is a lone wolf in
nearly all fields of the visual arts.
First exhibitions starting in the mid-sixties bring success, also the
friendship and collaboration with artists like Günter Brus, Gotthard
Graubner, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Hermann Nitsch, Walter Pichler,
Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Oswald Wiener et al.
Ever since Attersee’s first objective inventions (1964-66) in the sphere of
eroticism and everyday he has been appraised as an independent influence
alongside other artists in European pop art.
Attersee is the great lone wolf of Austrian art of the sixties, counterpole
to Viennese actionism. In the second half of the seventies, Attersee was the
founding figure of “New Austrian Painting”.
In 1984 Attersee represents Austria with extraordinary success at the
Biennale di Venezia. (…)”

On my blog I want to show to you a small sketch which he was drawing into the exhibition catalogue (“Attersee: Das Schachfleisch”. Galerie Hilger / BROT Kunsthalle, Wien) in 2013. This catalogue has a trade edition of 1000. THANK YOU, Mr. Attersee for this nice sketch!

Attersee1 Attersee2

Franz West – The Art of words

In the book “Franz West schrieb”, the editors Mrs. Ines Turian and Mr. Ernst Ulrich Obrist make the so called “Schriebe” of Franz West available to the public.

What are those “Schriebe”? As the editors describe, “Franz West has been writing texts, notes, remarks and aphorisms non-stop since 1975”. It is described, “that he attaches these texts to his sculptures, continuing the sculptural expression linguistically without illustrating or explaining. In places the titles, epithets and text scan raise awareness of the sculpture’s form, in others they can drive the viewer mad or fascinate like the cryptograms of a lingual alchemist. Texts accompany Franz West’s complete oeuvre.”

Allow me to make a link to the famous René Magritte. Magritte is one of the artists, who used words, notes etc. in his paintings as part of “communication” with the viewer and thus tried start a dialogue. The “(art)object” is talking to the “(art) subject” (–> which is the viewer). For me, Franz West further develops that kind of communication, going steps ahead and let the “art subjects” act with his artwork. He integrates “subject” and “object”, let the the “subject” and the “object” get into a symbiosis and thus transform the piece of art into “performance” or  how I want to call it “spiritual capital”.

So I am not wondering that “writing” or “describing” is something important for Franz West´s oevre. He puts it on a same level as his art work or his performances because they just belong together.

As long you are feeling, smelling, reading and seeing you are experiencing and understand what “spiritual capital” is all about.

I am very lucky to be able show one of the original notes (or “Schriebe”) from Franz West. Here Franz West is referring to Theodor W. Adorno (see “under Adornos ice-cold sun of the capitalism” which he writes on a notepad of the brasilian Copacabana Palace hotel.

May the power and the art & color of Franz West´s words inspire you as they inspire me!


Franz west looking at his watch

Christian Ludwig Attersee: “Die gemalte Reise”

Already in the late 80-ies, I was about 18 -20 years old, I was more and more collecting artists´ books and catalogues. Sometimes I had the chance to meet the artist in person during the openings of new exhibitions, sometimes due to my father´s connections to certain galerists I could arrange other ways to get my books & catalogues signed.

This actual piece is a ballpoint sketch from Mr. Attersee ( in the book “Die gemalte Reise”.

Ballpoint sketch 1998