Paul Flora

Exhi­bi­tion from 23.11.2022 — 07.01.2023






On the occa­sion of Paul Flora’s 100th birth­day, the gallery is ded­i­cat­ing an exhi­bi­tion to the artist with draw­ings by the drafts­man and car­i­ca­tur­ist from 1938 to 2009. Paul Flora’s ear­ly work was strong­ly influ­enced by Alfred Kubin, with whom he shared an artis­ti­cal­ly fruit­ful friend­ship until Kubin’s death. Even before 1950 he rad­i­cal­ly broke with dense hatch­ing and turned to fine, del­i­cate draw­ing. Flo­ra con­sis­tent­ly devel­oped an unmis­tak­able stroke tech­nique. The iron­ic-sar­cas­tic draw­ings by the graph­ic artist, car­i­ca­tur­ist and illus­tra­tor found inter­na­tion­al recog­ni­tion. Flo­ra takes the view­er on an excit­ing jour­ney through an imag­i­na­tive and mul­ti­fac­eted pic­to­r­i­al world. Mag­i­cal and mys­te­ri­ous land­scapes, mys­te­ri­ous fig­ures are just as much part of the artist’s reper­toire of motifs as black ravens or bizarre human fig­ures, which under­line the humor­ous side of his work. The draw­ings, exe­cut­ed in ink pen or pen­cil, cap­ti­vate with their pre­cise strokes, which lend his works their spe­cial expressiveness.