Jakob GASTEIGER and Hubert SCHEIBL at the ALBERTINA
Jakob GASTEIGER – April 23rd till August 22nd, 2021
The exhibition at the ALBERTINA MUSEUM presents a survey of all creative periods so far in the oeuvre of Jakob Gasteiger. This Austrian artist’s output is characterized by a special way of reflecting on the painting process and on painting as such: his works forgo depiction of anything that he has seen or that could be clearly perceived, being much rather dominated by an elementary formal language. The viewer’s attention is directed to colors, to the structural and textural aspects of lines and the resulting transitions between spaces. His paintings tell no stories and refer to nothing but their own selves, and they have nothing in common but there pure self-referentiality.
This minimalism, this tendency towards reduction without concrete depiction, raises many questions. And even so, the artist does successfully give rise to a special harmony between the dimensions. For decades, this high degree of aesthetic competency has made Jakob Gasteiger one of the Austria’s most important contemporary artists of international significance.
Hubert SCHEIBL – August 31st till December 5th, 2021
The ALBERTINA Museum invites the public to encounter the internationally renowned Austrian artist Hubert Scheibl in a way that is truly exceptional—for this exhibition features the artist himself as curator. Scheibl has set out to show a personal selection of his own works in combination with artworks from the ALBERTINA Museum’s holdings. The subtle juxtaposition of these two work groups fuels the development of intense dialogs that refer simultaneously to the artist’s own inner dialog with his art and to his interactions with those on the outside.
The criteria brought to bear here are diverse, with the artist being guided in his decision-making process by formal, substantive, and associative aspects. Scheibl’s paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, and artist’s books from various creative periods suggest a number of broad thematic areas. Themes such as evolution and nature, the “constant oscillation between there and here” (Hubert Scheibl), and the penetration of both spatial and temporal axes serve as starting points for Scheibl’s overall approach. The overall presentation consists of three chapters that react to the sharply contrasting architectures of their three exhibition spaces in the Columned Hall.