Franz Grabmayr / Albertina, Vienna

Franz Grabmayr Sandgrube, 1969 Öl auf Jute ALBERTINA, Wien - Sammlung Batliner © Bildrecht, Wien 2024

17.05.2024 – 13.10.2024

The elements of water, fire, sky and earth are Franz Grabmayr’s motifs. His home is nature: rivers and rocks, roots and trees, corn almonds and sandpits. Viewed up close, his sculptural paintings, often weighing up to 60 kg, are reminiscent of abstract, random compositions and, by virtue of their urgent presence, cast a spell over us with their lively brushstrokes, whose rhythmic movement seems to determine everything.
In his fire paintings as well as in his dance sheets, the artist plays with dynamics, ecstasy and a frenzy of movement. His impasto painting, a form of abstraction that is unique to him, derives its power from his immediate view of nature. His idea of the weight of painting and balanced colourfulness made his works unmistakable even during his lifetime. Nevertheless, Grabmayr still needs to be discovered. The Albertina is therefore dedicating a solo exhibition to the Austrian artist, curated by Klaus Schröder and Constanze Malissa, featuring both paintings and prints.

Franz Grabmayr
17.05.2024 – 13.10.2024
Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna