Gottfried Mairwöger

Exhi­bi­tion from 09.06.2022 — 16.07.2022




Got­tfried Mair­wöger, born in Trag­wein in Upper Aus­tria in 1951, stud­ied at the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts in Vien­na under Josef Mikl and Wolf­gang Hollegha.
“Sev­er­al large and impor­tant work sec­tions in the oeu­vre of Got­tfried Mair­wöger mark, from an art his­tor­i­cal point of view, a con­nect­ing inter­me­di­ate posi­tion with­in Col­or Field Paint­ing, which emerged in the USA at the begin­ning of the 1960s, and Abstract Expres­sion­ism, which pre­ced­ed it. A spe­cif­ic char­ac­ter­is­tic and at the same time a spe­cial qual­i­ty of Mairwöger’s paint­ing is the free, con­trolled han­dling of col­or. Mairwöger’s com­po­si­tions are two-dimen­sion­al­ly empha­sized, freely swing­ing out. They go beyond the for­mat of the pic­ture, as it were, and make use of the bright, invit­ing white of the can­vas, often while clear­ly mark­ing the edges of the pic­ture. What is deci­sive for Mair­wöger, despite all the cal­cu­la­tion, is the flow of col­or, the organ­ic emer­gence of form and the deter­mi­na­tion of form from the con­tin­u­ous­ly devel­oped painter­ly events. The gen­er­ous, spa­cious paint­ings of the artist, who died in 2003 and was also suc­cess­ful in the USA, pos­sess light­ness and rhythm.” (Excerpts from text by Peter Baum)
The exhi­bi­tion will fea­ture oil paint­ings and works on paper from the artist’s oeuvre.