The 80s. Art of the Eighties

Until 13 February 2022

Franz Gertsch | Irène, 1980 | Olbricht Collection © Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch | Irène, 1980 | Olbricht Collection © Franz Gertsch

At the exhibition | Photo © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger
At the exhibition | Photo © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger

The 80s are the most important decade for the art of our age. For the first time, art was no longer determined by an all-dominant style, such as abstraction or Pop. The 80s stand out for an unprecedented stylistic pluralism that resorted to the picture pool of past decades: the 80s were the cradle of Postmodernism.

After the years of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, the New Wild Ones satisfied the hunger for pictures with their Neo-Expressionist painting. Jeff Koons discovered kitsch. Francesco Clemente resorted to ancient mythology, while Julian Schnabel shattered the picture proper with his material collages. Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo sought to disappoint expectations as to permanent artistic innovation by attacking the fetish of art’s originality. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring became the epitome of artistic nonconformity. The feminist art of Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer declared war on male dominance and the obsessed consumerism of American society. And for the first time, Austrian art, such as that of Franz West, Brigitte Kowanz, and Erwin Wurm, seamlessly blended in with contemporary international art.

On view from 10 October 2021 until 13 February 2022.

At the exhibition | Photo © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger
At the exhibition | Photo © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger
Franz Gertsch: Irène, 1980

Franz Gertsch | Irène, 1980 | Olbricht Collection © Franz Gertsch

Isolde Joham: Electric Rider, 1981

Isolde Joham | Electric Rider, 1981 | Private Collection © Isolde Joham | Photo: Olga Pohankova

Exhibition view: ,

Exhibition view | Photo © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger

Jean Michel Basquiat: The Thinker, 1986

Jean Michel Basquiat | The Thinker, 1986 | Private Collection © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat | Bildrecht, Wien 2021

David Salle: Room with blue statue, 1986

David Salle | Room with blue statue, 1986 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021

Francesco Clemente: Hermaphrodite, 1985

Francesco Clemente | Hermaphrodite, 1985 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - The JABLONKA Collection © Francesco Clemente

Exhibition view: ,

Exhibition view | Photo © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger

Julian Schnabel: Pandora (Jacqueline as an Etruscan), 1986

Julian Schnabel | Pandora (Jacqueline as an Etruscan), 1986 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Julian Schnabel | Photo Stefan Fiedler - Salon Iris, Vienna

Brigitte Kowanz: 1x8, 1988

Brigitte Kowanz | 1x8, 1988 | ALBERTINA, Wien – Familiensammlung Haselsteiner © Brigitte Kowanz | Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Bruce Nauman: Sex and Death by Murder and Suicide, 1985

Bruce Nauman | Sex and Death by Murder and Suicide, 1985 | Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Depositum in der Öffentlichen Kunstsammlung Basel © Bruce Nauman/ Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021 | Photo: Bisig & Bayer, Basel

Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Still, 1980

Cindy Sherman | Untitled Film Still, 1980 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Cindy Sherman | Courtesy of the artist | Foto: Franz Schachinger

Gilbert & George: We Are, 1985

Gilbert & George | We Are, 1985 | Collection Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg · Seoul © Gilbert & George / © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Exhibition view: ,

Exhibition view | Photo © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente & Andy Warhol: Alba's Breakfast, 1984

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente & Andy Warhol | Alba's Breakfast, 1984 | Bischofberger Collection, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / Bildrecht, Wien 2021 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Bildrecht, Vienna 2021 © Francesco Clemente

Jeff Koons: Bear and Policeman, 1988

Jeff Koons | Bear and Policeman, 1988 | Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg © Jeff Koons | Photo: Gautier Deblonde

Mike Kelley: Estral Star #3, 1989

Mike Kelley | Estral Star #3, 1989 | Ringier Collection, Switzerland © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021

Sandro Chia (*1946): Verso Damasco, 1981

Sandro Chia (*1946) | Verso Damasco, 1981 | Bischofberger Collection, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Jenny Holzer & Sandra Fabara (Lady Pink): Savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later, 1983/1984

Jenny Holzer & Sandra Fabara (Lady Pink) | Savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later, 1983/1984 | Sammlung Ringier, Schweiz © LadyPink © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

Keith Haring: Untitled, 1983

Keith Haring | Untitled, 1983 | Private Collection © Keith Haring Foundation | Courtesy of Martos Gallery

Izhar Patkin: Don Quijote Segunda Parte, 1987

Izhar Patkin | Don Quijote Segunda Parte, 1987 | Privatsammlung © Izhar Patkin

1/20
Time to share

 

  • Jahrespartner
    Bank Austria
  • Partner
    BMW
  • Media Partner
    Der Standard
ALBERTINA & ALBERTINA MODERN
Melden Sie sich für unseren Newsletter an und seien Sie immer informiert über neue Ausstellungen, Führungen und Aktionen
Erfolgreich angemeldet, bitte überprüfen Sie ihren Posteingang!
Fehler, bitte überprüfen Sie ihre Eingaben!
Fehler, bitte versuchen Sie es später erneut!
Bitte akzeptieren Sie die Datenschutzrichtlinien!
Newsletter
/datenschutz/
Datenschutzpolitik
über die Verwendung meiner personenbezogenen Daten gelesen, habe diese verstanden und stimme zu, Werbemitteilungen der ALBERTINA per E-Mail zu erhalten.