Exhibition from 01/15/2020 to 02/29/2020
“Even as a youth in Munich he championed the revolutionary ideas of the Soviet republics (1918/19) and was imprisoned. After returning to his native Vienna and finishing school, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts and the medical faculty.
His circle of friends included Franz Kafka, Adolf Loos, Else Lasker-Schüler, Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich and Magnus Hirschfeld.
Attracted by the surrealist movement, Bauer traveled to Paris several times; In 1929 he worked on the 2nd Surrealist Manifesto. His friends included: André Breton, Paul Éluard, Salvador Dali, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes and Jaques Prévert.
Bauer settled in Paris in 1932 and in Nice in 1936, with a study visit to Italy in between. During the Second World War, Bauer was active in the Italian resistance. In 1943 he was arrested and sentenced to death. He survived the fall of Mussolini and was released from prison in Milan in 1944.
It was only in the last 10 years after he finally settled in Nice in 1946/47 that Bauer was able to work continuously as an artist. From 1950 to 1959, Victor Bauer was largely concerned with compositional designs on paper, sometimes also in confrontation with already existing calligraphically prepared papers. During this phase, a painterly oeuvre was created that was small in terms of the number of works, but convincing in its quality and worth discovering.
Since only a few pictures and watercolors have survived from earlier years, the work of the 1950s can be seen as Victor Bauer’s artistic legacy. ”Helmut Dreiseitel
The exhibition on the 1st floor shows works on canvas from 1947 to 1953 and works on paper from 1953 to 1958.