Arik Brauer, Arik Brauer in the Autumn © Private collection Arik Brauer

  • Arik Brauer, Thornbush Messiah, 1959 © Private collection Arik Brauer
  • Arik Brauer, The Sanctification of the Name. From the cycle »The Persecution of the Jewish People«, 1973/74 © Private collection Arik Brauer
  • Arik Brauer, My Father in Winter, 1983 © Private collection Arik Brauer
  • Arik Brauer, The last Cockcrow, 1976 © Private collection Arik Brauer
  • Arik Brauer, Self-Portrait, 1963 © Private collection Arik Brauer
  • Anonymous, Arik Brauer in his underground museum, Vienna 2010/11 © Private collection
  • Arik Brauer Ausstellungsansicht 2 © Ausstellungsansicht „ARIK BRAUER“ © Leopold Museum / APA-Fotoservice / Bargad
  • Arik Brauer Ausstellungsansicht 4 © Ausstellungsansicht „ARIK BRAUER“ © Leopold Museum / APA-Fotoservice / Bargad
  • Arik Brauer, Anything with Wings Will Fly, Vienna 1973 © Essl Museum Klosterneuburg/Vienna
  • Arik Brauer,The Song of Songs, Vienna 2008 © Im Besitz des Künstlers
  • Arik Brauer, The Rainmaker of Mount Carmel, Vienna 1964 © Private collection
  • Arik Brauer,The Flower of Chernobyl (»The Chernobyl Triptych«, middle panel), Vienna 1996/97 © Courtesy the artist

Arik Brauer

Gesamt.Kunst.Werk

14th of November 2014 – 16th of February 2015

On the occasion of the artist’s 85th birthday the Leopold Museum is dedicating a comprehensive retrospective to the works of Arik Brauer. With 100 paintings, graphic works and sculptures, the exhibition presents a representative cross-section of Brauer’s works from his time as a student at the Vienna Academy to the present, featuring genres such as book illustrations, sculptures and architectonic designs alongside his paintings.

Celebrating his 85th birthday on the 4th of January 2014, Arik Brauer (born 1929) is one of the main representatives of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. After the war, Brauer studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and founded the group of Fantastic Realists together with Wolfgang Hutter and Rudolf Hausner as well as his fellow students Ernst Fuchs and Anton Lehmden. With his bizarre and fantastical shapes and unique manner of painting in the style of the Old Masters borrowing from medieval miniature techniques and oriental traditions, Brauer defied the mainstream of the strictly dogmatic art movements of post-war Modernism. Instead, he cultivated a style that was to once again capture the imagination and accommodate the art of storytelling and joy of invention. Arik Brauer has enjoyed great popularity all his life, not least on account of his multi-talent as a singer, songwriter, poet and dancer.

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