Exhibition from 04/22/2020 – 06/01/2020
While studying at the Munich Academy, Thöny was one of the first members of the Munich New Secession. After the First World War, in which he worked as a draftsman, he returned to his native Graz and became a co-founder and first president of the Graz Secession (1923). During this time, city vedutas and genre scenes were created. In 1931 Thöny emigrated to Paris via Milan and regularly spent a few months on the Côte d´Azur. In 1938 he emigrated to New York with his wife. Despite numerous exhibitions, Thöny suffered from the isolation of the emigrant. On March 4, 1948, a fire in a warehouse in New York destroyed many of his graphics and paintings, which were to be shown in a large collective exhibition. He was not to recover from this stroke of fate until his death on May 1, 1949.
Wilhelm Thöny was an artist who clearly shows the shift in focus in Austrian art after the First World War. As a person and as an artist, Thöny was a loner who did not feel obliged to any art direction, which is expressed in the diverse techniques and content of his works. .
The exhibition shows ink and pencil drawings, watercolors and oil paintings from the 1930s to 1949.