150908: K08: Emancipation and Confrontation – Art from Carinthia from 1945 to this day

Werner Berg Galerie der Stadt Bleiburg/Kärnten, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt – Kunstverein Kärnten, Alpen-Adria-Galerie, Museum des Nötscher Kreises, Kelag-Schau-Kraftwerk Forstsee, Krastal, Napoleonstadel – Kärntens Haus der Architektur: K08: Emancipation and Confrontation – Art from Carinthia from 1945 to this day Down south The trend to organize cultural events at a number of locations rather than just one centralized site is currently en vogue. The Manifesta 7 took place in four cities in the region of Trentino – South Tyrol, Italy and the Austrian art events “Viertel-Festival” as well as the “Festival der Regionen” is organized at numerous locations. The “Regionale08”, held for the first time this year in the province of Styria, took place at more than two dozen different venues east of Graz showing 35 events. And the first comprehensive exhibit on “Art from Carinthia from 1945 to this day”: the "K08: Emancipation and Confrontation”, follows a similar concept. Not only strategic, but also cultural policies are the driving forces behind this idea. It is somewhat surprising – at least at first sight – that it was possible to find such a broad platform and enough financial support to exhibit contemporary art in Carinthia, often nicknamed “Haider-Land” referring to its right-wing governor Jörg Haider. Only ten years ago, Haider fervently fought against contemporary art and even impeded the renovation of the Kolig-hall in the Carinthian state assembly (Landtag). Silvie Aigner, the neutral and competent curator of this event, is definitely to be thanked that this exhibit is free of political influence. K08 is held in nine museums and art associations in six different locations, ranging from the regions Nötsch in the west of Carinthia to the town of Bleiburg. In addition, Aigner invited 10 private galleries to participate in the K08. Aigner did not set any priorities as to the origin of the artists. She focused on the connection between the biography of an artist and art – art shown within and beyond Carinthian boundaries. This granted the K08 a much broader socio-historical dimension. To name some examples: Werner Berg, born 1904 in Wuppertal, Germany, who moved to Carinthia in 1931, where he lived on a farm, and was an active mediator between the German-speaking and the Slovenian cultural groups. Or Arnulf Rainer, born 1929 in Baden, Austria, who studied at the Gewerbeschule (industrial school) in Villach, Carinthia from 1947 – 1949. Here he met Maria Lassnig with whom he traveled to Paris in 1951. The comprehensive exhibit at the MMKK in Klagenfurt, which constitutes the historical linchpin of the K08 project, clearly communicates the complexity of this phase, which reaches far beyond the Carinthian boundaries. Here you can view sculptures by the Wotruba students Otto Eder, Anton Marcolin, Othmar Jaindl, and drawings as well as paintings created in the 50s and 60s by Lassnig, Eder, Rainer, Kogelnik, Staudacher, and Fruhmann. Objects by Bruno Gironcolli and sculptures by Cornelius Kolig’s as well works by Kurt “Kappa” Kocherscheidt, Reimo Wukounig, and Viktor Rogy’s conceptual art are also displayed. The Alpe Adria Gallery presents painting and video works with an architectural focus by Hubert Lobnig and Birgit Knoechl, while the Kunstverein displays contemporary tendencies in photography, installations, sculptures, media- and object art (Ines Doujak, Josef Dabernig, Anja Manfredi, Roland Kollnitz, Six & Petritsch, Luisa Kasalitzky, and many more). The Napoleonstadel attempts to communicate the international networking of architecture with a huge air ball installation by SHARE Architects. The exhibits outside of Klagenfurt include the Werner Berg Museum in Bleiburg, which focuses on constructive, concrete and geometrical tendencies in works by Berg, Bischoffshausen, Hollegha, Kogelnik, Kaufmann, Zobernig, Penker, and Plieschnig to the younger artists such as Manuel Knapp, Suse Krawagna, and Eric Kressnig. The Museum of the Nötscher Kreis in contrast shows works by Franz Grabmayr, Karl Stark, Hugo Wulz, Helga Druml, Alina Kunitsynas, Markus Orsini-Rosenberg and Richard Klammer. Werner Berg Galerie der Stadt Bleiburg, Carinthia 9150 Bleiburg, 10.- Oktober-Platz 4, until 02. 11. 2008 www.berggalerie.at Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt – Kunsterverein Kärnten 9020 Klagenfurt, Goethepark 1, until 02.11.2008 www.kunsterveinkaernten.at Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten (MMKK) 9020 Klagenfurt, Burggasse 8/Domgasse, until 02.11.2008 www.mmkk.at Alpen-Adria-Galeria 9020 Klagenfurt, Theaterplatz 3, until 02.11.2008 www.stadtgalerie.net Museum des Nötscher Kreises 9611 Nötsch im Gailtal, Haus Wiegele im Gailtal 39, until 02.11.2008 www.noetscherkreis.at Kelag-Schau-Kraftwerk Forstsee On the banks of Wörthersee between Pörtschach and Velden, Until 02.11.2008 www.kelag.at Krastal 9541 Einöde near Villach, Krastalerstrasse 24, until 02.11.2008 www.krastal.com Napoleonstadel – Kärntens Haus der Architektur 9020 Klagenfurt, St. Veiter Ring 10, until 02.11.2008 www.architektur-kaernten.at

Werner Berg Museum
9150 Bleiburg, 10.-Oktober-Platz 4
Tel: 0043 42 35 21 10-0, Fax: 0043 42 35 21 10-22
Öffnungszeiten: 15. Mai bis 15. November Die 14 - 17 Uhr, Mittw. - Sonntag 10 - 12 Uhr u. 14 - 17 Uhr, Mo geschlossen

Kunstverein Kärnten
9020 Klagenfurt, Goethepark 1
Tel: +43 463 553 83
Email: office@kunstverein-kaernten.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di, Mi, Fr 12-18, Do 12-20, Sa 9-13 h

MMKK Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten
9020 Klagenfurt, Burggasse 8/Domgasse
Tel: +43 50 536 30 507
Email: office.museum@ktn.gv.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-So 10-18 Uhr, Do 10-20 Uhr

9020 Klagenfurt, Theaterplatz 3
Tel: +43 463 537 5532 od. 5224
Email: stadtgalerie@klagenfurt.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-So & Feiertag 10-17 h

Museum des Nötscher Kreises
9611 Nötsch im Gailtal, Haus Wiegele im Gailtal 39
Tel: +43 / 4256 / 3664, Fax: +43 / 4256 / 29069
Email: office@noetscherkreis.at
Öffnungszeiten: Mi-So 15-19 Uhr

Kelag-Schau-Kraftwerk Forstsee
9220 Techelsberg, Saag 15

Galerie im [Kunstwerk] Krastal
9541 Einöde bei Villach, Krastalerstraße 24
Tel: +43 (0)4248 3666, Fax: +43 (0)4248 3666
Email: office@schurzundpartners.at

Napoleonstadel - Kärntens Haus der Architektur
9020 Klagenfurt, St. Veiter Ring 10
Tel: +43 (0) 463 / 50 45 77, Fax: +43 (0) 463 / 50 46 01
Email: office@architektur-kaernten.at
Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Fr 9-18 h

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