For this big June auction, the im Kinsky auction house has collected the highlights of the twentieth century: from exquisite examples of Viennese Art Nouveau with a special auction of Fashion & Accessories, through Austrian Expressionism and New Objectivity, all the way to the works of the Austrian and international Avant-garde after 1945.
This time the Impressionist & Modern Art department is showing two particularly impressive paintings from the limited oeuvres of the exceptional painters, Richard Gerstl and Koloman Moser. Today Gerstl is recognised as one of the first of Austria’s expressionists who, due to the destruction of many of his works and his early suicide in 1908, has left only a small number of works, though they are exceptional and of great artistic vision and imagination. The painting being presented by im Kinsky, a partial view of a garden from a private collection, was among the pictures presented by the gallerist, Otto Kallir-Nirenstein, in the first exhibition of Gerstl’s work in 1931.
Koloman Moser, who as an all-round artist was instrumental in developing the style of the Wiener Werkstätte, captured the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk in the range of his work and also produced a notable, if compact, body of work. In the painting of pansies, he zooms in on a corner of a garden, very much in the style of Austrian landscape painting, to show the pansies and a flower pot that has fallen over, making them a simple subject that represents the theme of the beauty of (painted) nature. Powerful, expressive colours transform the flowers into an ornamental pattern that covers the image in accentuated areas of flat colour.
No presentation would be complete without Alfons Walde. Another variant of his popular subject, even at the time, the “Auracher Kirchlein” from 1938, is coming under the hammer. In his purposeful repetition of subjects, though in different sizes, Walde shows how modern he was in his genial and successful combining of art as simultaneously a unique object but also as a commodity.
Works by Albin Egger-Lienz (“Die Quelle”), Franz Sedlacek, Jean Egger, Karl Hofer, and many others complete this presentation.
The department of Art Nouveau & Design is presenting a special sale of Fashion and Jewellery of the Wiener Werkstätte. An exclusive selection of necklaces, broaches, combs, textiles and many similar items from the wide range of the Werkstätte reveal their exceptional quality. The auction is bracketed, of course, by the usual range of exquisite Art Nouveau arts and crafts.
Contemporary Art, in turn, is represented by numerous international stars, from Andy Warhol, Jörg Immendorff and Franz West to Chinese conceptual artist, Ai WeiWei. For the first time Ai WeiWei is represented by two sculptures from the “Scales” series, exhibited in 2008 at Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin. Copper and steel panels can be folded to create furniture, by following precise instructions, taking as their theme the core elements of complex systems. Gelitin, a group of Austrian artists, is represented by a diptych – combined to form one image – from the “Guernica” series. A collage of different colours of plasticine references Picasso’s famous painting to give the serious subject a provocative and humorous touch. Additionally, Hans Bischoffshausen, the unusual Carinthian loner and member of ZERO, who attempted to exhaustively explore the asceticism of white, is represented by an outstanding work from 1960.
7 and 8 June 2016
Bilder: © Auktionshaus im Kinsky, Wien