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TUESDAY, 15 March 2022, 3 – 6 p.m
Franz Grabmayr, born in 1927 on the Pfaffenberg in Obervellach (Carinthia), trained as an apprentice. The exhibition “Young Carinthian Talents” in Klagenfurt, in which he participated in 1952, awakened in him the desire for professional training. In 1954 he began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Prof. R. C. Andersen and Herbert Boeckl. In 1962 he gave up his teaching profession and from then on worked as a freelance artist.
Starting in 1964, he created large-format landscape paintings and, from the mid-1960s, the legendary sand pit paintings, and later the series of “Tanzblätter” (“Dance Sheets”).
In the 1980s, the Sand Pit artist worked on night and fire paintings. Impressive scenes with dancers around the campfire, which Grabmayr staged on his Lower Austrian farm, are captured on canvases.
In summer he works in the Uttissenbach in the Waldviertel and in winter in his studio in Vienna. In 2002, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, his life’s work up to that time was presented at the Österreichische Galerie im Oberen Belvedere in Vienna. The artist passed away in Vienna on May 8, 2015.
In the masses of color wildly applied to the picture supports, the elements of water, fire, sky and earth appear again and again. Franz Grabmayr found inspiration for his expressive, powerful works in nature.
The exhibition will feature oil paintings on canvas and works on paper and molino from various creative periods of the artist, including landscape paintings, sand pit paintings and dance sheets.
CLASSIC MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
On the first floor of the gallery, works of art of classic modern and contemporary art, including works by Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Weiler, Wilhelm Thöny, Gunter Damisch, Josef Mikl and Markus Prachensky are shown.
Exhibition duration: March 16 – April 23, 2022