Museum Zinkenbacher Malerkolonie

Museum Zinkenbacher Painter Colony

The small art museum in St. Gilgen

We are dedicated to the artists of the interwar period and especially to those painters who formed an artists' colony in the former Zinkenbach (today Abersee), a district of St.Gilgen am Wolfgangsee.

In addition, the work of the museum's sponsor (Museum Association Zinkenbacher Malerkolonie) has the "lost generation" in focus, that is, those artists who had to emigrate or after the war did not support the new trends of painting art and thus fell into oblivion.

Museum Zinkenbacher Malerkolonie

Aberseestraße 11/1
5340 St. Gilgen

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The professors of the Zinkenbach Painting Colony and their students

17 June 2023 - 08 October 2023

The exhibition 2023 is dedicated to the professors of the Zinkenbach Painting Colony and their students. Starting from the works of the masters, the main focus will be on the students, deliberately leaving the period of activity of the Zinkenbach Painting Colony, the interwar period, and tracing artistic tendencies after 1945.

For the first time in the history of the museum, the majority of the works presented are from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Of the artists of the Zinkenbach Painters' Colony, two painters were appointed as professors at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna: Sergius Pauser and Josef Dobrowsky. The discussion about concrete or abstract painting was in full swing in Austria at that time and did not stop at the master classes of both professors. In addition to representational art, informal and abstract painting played an important role.

The topic of the education of female colleagues will also find its way into the exhibition. Female artists were not allowed to study at the Academy of Fine Arts until 1929, and before that they could only attend the Vienna Women's Academy, where Ferdinand Kitt taught. Through him and his student Lisel Salzer, the circle to the Zinkenbach painters' colony is closed.

The exhibition 2023 will show a variety of works from the collection of the Artothek des Bundes. On the one hand, works by professors Josef Dobrowsky, Ferdinand Kitt, and Sergius Pauser, and on the other hand, works by students such as Arik Brauer, Wolfgang Hollegha, Alfred Hrd-licka, Josef Mikl, Florentina Pakosta, Lisel Salzer, and Peter Sengl.

A comprehensively informative exhibition catalog deepens the insights into the presented contents and works.

Curators of the exhibition: MMag. Claudia Baumann
Exhibition duration: June 17, 2023 - October 08, 2023, daily from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Photo Credits:
Wolfgang Hollegha | Composition | erw. 1959 | © Artothek des Bundes | © Wolfgang Hollegha
(Photo Johannes Stoll, Belvedere, Vienna)

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