Due to the great successes the exhibition is prolonged from May 26th. 2012 to xxxxxxx June 23th. 2012
Erwin Bohatsch creates pictorial truths. His portraits are things as such. They are neither depiction through painting, as they are in no way depictive, nor are they depiction by way of abstraction, no recreation of nature, action or emotion. The event space is the painting itself. Dense or else nearly transparent colour planes overlying, kept separate or running into each other, several image spaces merging, white, grey, black, freely floating stains of a delicate pink, blue, green, yellow, planes appearing to stand out from the picture. An open picture centre invites the observer, leads them into the picture, cause them to linger and move around, make them susceptible to the purely sensual experience of Bohatsch's painting.
With his Beisteiner Bilder, created over recent months, the artist attains a new level of abstract painting. The nuanced shine of the glazes, the object-like wholeness of his portraits from the nineteen-nineties up to a couple of years ago, give way to a more open-pored and transparent surface structure in his new works. The portraits open themselves up to the observer, enter into a dialogue with them. Bohatsch's sober and conscious handling of historical artistic achievements and of the material conditions of painting, his reserve, reduction and deliberateness, going hand in hand with a continuous self-examination, have led him to these latest works that make very clear once more how valuable his contribution to contemporary painting is.
Erwin Bohatsch, born in Mürzzuschlag, Styria, in 1951, lives in Vienna and has been a professor at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts since 2005. As one of the central protagonists of the Neue Wilde (New Fauves), who have revived the aesthetic phenomenon of painting in answer to the conceptual art of the nineteen-seventies, Bohatsch has contributed to seminal exhibitions such as Zeitgeist at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin 1982, An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art New York 1984, and Avantgarde of the Eighties at the Los Angeles County Museum 1987. Other important museum exhibitions: Kunsthaus Bregenz 1998, Verläufe Gradients Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz and Museum Moderner Kunst Passau - Stiftung Wörlen 2006, China Retour. Erwin Bohatsch, Herbert Brandl, Gunter Damisch, Hubert Scheibl, Walter Vopava, Otto Zitko, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna, Shanghai Art Museum, New Art Museum of China, Beijing, Shaanxi Art Museum Xian, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guang Zhou 2005/2006, Erwin Bohatsch - Manfred Wakolbinger "Strömung" MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst Duisburg 2006, Wann immer vorerst Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna 2007, Sammlung Veronika und Peter Monauni Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein Vaduz 2009, Painting, Process and Expansion Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna 2010, Realität und Abstraktion Museum Liaunig Neuhaus Carinthia 2011.