Výroční výstava 2021 ANALOG

AUSTRIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CERAMICS OF THE 1980s


March 20, 2021 – January 16, 2022


The exhibition offers a diverse selection of works, from the collection
of 80 artists, all from the former “Austrian Gallery of Ceramics”, which
has been integrated into the collection of the art museum. The exciting
spectrum of the show encompasses the broad fields between sculpture,
small objects, jewelry and everyday objects. Documenting their infinite
variety of shapes and expression, in extraordinary creations. The
collection, encompasses a diversity of over 400 works, by important
national and international artists, who were active in various ceramic
fields in the 1980s.  From pottery to objects, reliefs and wall elements
to sculpture, including highlights by Kurt Ohnsorg or Kiki Kogelnik, as
well works by well-known ceramists from Germany, Czech Republic,
Hungary, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, England, Mexico and the USA, as well
as examples of young designers from Austria.  The Waldviertel Art
Museum is showing an excerpt from this important collection.

AUSTRIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CERAMICS OF THE 1980s

The exhibition exposes a cross-section of the great variety of craft techniques, new forms of expression and trends, that had developed in this decade of the last century. “The guidelines of the achievements of the 80s indicate conceptual dimensions and show a trend away from traditional clichés and towards current art movements, from the environment to plastic objects of daily use …” writes Heide Warlamis in 1984 in the catalog “Contemporary ceramics in Austria.”

The term ‚Analog‘ stands for the juxtaposition to today’s world of the ‚digital‘ and refers to the time when real matter was formed and transformed in a comprehensible work processes.
“Ceramic art in particular speaks a global, deep ecological language that sees the world as an integral whole, into which the connection between people and the earth is burned in,” says curator B. Antoni-Bubestinger.

Prehistory and Collection

In 1981, Heide Warlamis founded the „Austrian Gallery for Ceramics“ (Art Gallery, Ceramics Studio) in Vienna. The aim was to give the emerging contemporary art of ceramics a platform. However, the gallery has always been at the forefront of the comparison within international artistic movements. There were numerous presentations by artists from Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Denmark, Great Britain, Mexico and the USA. From today’s point of view, this collection is a rare testimony to an impressive artistic period that remains current in its impact.

Ceramic art is a reliable constant through all the different style phases, which not only survives all experiments, but also quite naturally, without pseudo-constructions, fulfills the claim of modernity to allow art and life to merge.

Sezóna 2021

20. März 2021 – 16. Jänner 2022

Otevírací doba

März bis Juni, September

Di – So (Mo an Feiertagen) 10 – 17 Uhr

Juli und August:

Täglich 10 – 18 Uhr

Oktober bis Jänner:

Mi – So (und an Feiertagen) 10 – 17 Uhr

Geschlossen am 24.12., 25.12., 31.12. und 1.01.


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