• WHO WAS 1968?
    28 Sept 2018 − 13 Jan 2019

    LENTOS Kunstmuseum WHO WAS 1968? Art, Architecture, Society Curated by: Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer Loans by Kontakt from: Heimrad Bäcker, Stanisław Dróżdż, VALIE EXPORT, Stano Filko, Běla Kolářová, Július Koller, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević and Goran Trbuljak A decade of eruptions, departures and redefinitions in the steel city Linz. The year I968 marks a turning point that ushered in a new era. Across Western Europe and in the United States Student protests and workers’ revolts called into question the post-war power structure itself, while Soviet tanks bulldozed the Prague Spring into the ground and signalled the end of the hope that the Eastern Bloc would open up to the West. This exhibition harks back to the echoes of I968 in Linz and Upper Austria. Embracing the arts, architecture, music, film and literature, it unfolds for the first time a synoptic map on which key figures and moments of local history – some largely unknown to this day – are accorded a place. It enables visitors to embark on exploratory trips and to survey the rich fabric of relationships and linkages that includes points of contact with international scenarios and trends. Experiments in the aesthetic field were begun with a view to escaping from the cultural stuffiness of the first two post-war decades. The participating artists include: Claudia von Alemann, Ant Farm, Heimrad Bäcker, Josef Bauer, Bill Bollinger, Dietmar Brehm, Gerd Conradt, Waltraut Cooper, Stanisław Dróżdż, Erró, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Stano Filko, Helmuth Gsöllpointner, Timo Huber, Johann Jascha, Martha Jungwirth, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gerhard Knogler, Běla Kolářová, Juliús Koller, Peter Kubelka, Zofia Kulik, KwieKulik, Maria Lassnig, Fritz Lichtenauer, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Josef Nöbauer, OHO, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Chris Reinecke, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Zorka Sàglovà, Dominik Steiger, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak, Tucumàn Arde, Jiřì Valoch, Agnés Varda, Peter Weibel, Hannah Wilke, Jana Želibská, Želimir Žilnik, Zünd-Up


Heinz Gappmayr

Heinz Gappmayr is among the artist-theoreticians whose texts and artworks have been focusing since the 1960s on the connections between the visual and linguistic production of meaning. His works aim to place words, concepts, and phrases on paper, canvases, and walls in such a way that their meaning also finds expression in their compositional arrangement—to make language visibly “do” what it “means”. But as there are always several possible ways of linking linguistic form and linguistic meaning, any belief in a single, immutable visual identity of language finally proves illusionary.

In Gappmayr’s work, above all terms of being, of becoming, and of passing away are “portrayed” in dynamic sequences of letters and words. Words signifying place are visualized by corresponding positioning within the pictorial field; geometrical forms and colors are represented by tautological or contradictory linguistic and symbolic equivalents.

When the concept “time” gets thinner and thinner from letter to letter, for example, then passing and vanishing as characteristics of time seem to be inscribed in the form of the concept itself. Or when, at the moment of looking at the picture, one sees the words “at this moment,” then perception and what is perceived coincide. Tautology is used here to make visible and draw attention to that which is usually overlooked. Here, self-reflexivity results in art that counters the internalization of language and in the ability to reflect on this internalization.



1925–2010, Innsbruck / AT

Gappmayr was one of the most important Austrian representatives of “visual poetry”.  Since the early 1960s he developed a pictorial language. Gappmayr was in contact with the “Wiener Gruppe”. His first solo exhibition was shown in the Galerie nächst St. Stephan in Vienna (Austria). Gappmayr was not only inspired by Piet Mondrian’s work, but also by the Futurists and the œuvre of French symbolist Stéphane Mallarmé. In 1979 he began to transfer his graphic works into the space.

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