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12.06.2014 - 31.08.2014:

Peter Krawagna was born in Klagenfurt in 1937. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. The artist is a representative of the "abstraction of nature " – a specifically Austrian development originating with Herbert Boeckl in the 1920s. Krawagna emphasises a style of painting based on the discoveries of Modernism, and drawing on the achievements of Paul Cézanne, who renders his motifs on canvas directly from nature – en plein air – keeping as close as possible to the visual impression. Most important is the immediate impression, the optical phenomena of the moment – particularly the light conditions which significantly determine the colour perception. The aim is to create a pictorial equivalent of the motif. Peter Krawagna takes the visible aspect, everyday objects as a starting point and renders them in painting or drawing. On canvas or paper, the familiar visual object becomes an abstract composition which is no longer concerned with depicting or describing integrative form, material condition or conveying motifs through their surfaces, but rather with rendering the visual appearance of objects and specific physical phenomena. The starting-point for the artistic process is concentrated and selective perception; the result is an abstract colour-form composition. The exhibition designed for 11 rooms of the MMKK, presents works from all periods of the artist's œuvre – from the 1960s until today – and is accompanied by an specialist publication with contributions by Christian Kravagna, Peter Weiermair and Christine Wetzlinger-Grundnig.

Markus Pernhart, Gebirgslandschaft, o.D., Öl auf Holz, 66 x 105 cm ©MMKK, Foto: Ferdinand Neumüller 12.06.2014 - 31.08.2014:

fokus sammlung. BIS KRAWAGNA
Today, the art collection of the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art comprises more than 5000 works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. It documents the work of Carinthian artists in a national and international context, as well as the exhibitions of the Museum. The series fokus sammlung consists of regular exhibitions featuring different aspects of the collection. Parallel to Peter Krawagna's solo exhibition, a selection of works from the Museum's collection which relate to the main exhibition, is on show in the last three rooms of the exhibition. A series of exhibitions entitled fokus sammlung. BIS KRAWAGNA shows individual works by the most significant artists who are seen as the artist's precursors in Carinthian painting of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Among them are members of the Viktring Artists' Circle such as Markus Pernhart as a representative of Biedermeier landscape painting and the brothers Josef and Ludwig Willroider as forerunners of Modernism, the painters from the Nötsch Circle, Anton Kolig, Franz Wiegele, Anton Mahringer and Sebastian Isepp, as well as protagonists from the inter-War period including Herbert Boeckl, Felix Esterl, Jean Egger, Arnold Clementschitsch and Werner Berg. This accompanying exhibition continually represents the Museum's collection on the one hand, and on the other presents a meaningful contribution to Peter Krawagna's exhibition, thus putting it into a broader context.

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