Arnulf Rainer

"Critical of everything, I succeed in overpainting. I dare to destroy because I create something better." (Arnulf Rainer)

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Arnulf Rainer was born in Baden near Vienna in 1929. After attending the Staatsgewerbeschule in Villach from 1947 - 1949 he abandoned traditional training and turned to Fantastic Realism and Surrealism. But already in 1951 he found his own form of protest against the ruling k.u.k. painting tradition: overpainting pictures, some in action. In 1968 overpainting of his own body and photographic self-portraits follow as "communication with myself" and "pictorial "I" statements and "I" metamorphosis". In addition, Crucifix motives appear from 1957 and again in 1980. The awareness of death as the human fate is raised in work on illustrations of death masks, mummies and portraits of people suffering. In 1981 Rainer was made professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. Since 1985 he has extended the basis for overpainting to botanical and zoological works. He was invited to the documenta in 1959, 1972 and 1977; he was exhibited for the first time in Tokyo in 1974 and at the MoMA in New York IN !)(=.This summer he will receive an honorary doctorate from the Catholic Faculty of Münster University.

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Chalk, oil on photography on wood, 1988/90

Dimensions: 150 x 80 cm

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