Galerie Gugging

20 years gallery gugging

12/06/2014 - 02/11/2014

We are celebrating 20 years gallery gugging!

Founded in 1994, the gallery gugging not only presents renowned international art brut and self-taught artists, but is also committed to building up newcomers. In line with its anniversary, it presents the second chapter of the “new artists” series, introducing drawings by Helmut Hladisch & Jürgen Tauscher. Both show great talent, which they have swiftly developed into their personal shape language at the House of Artists.

Helmut Hladisch (*1961 in Vienna) predominantly depicts items from his personal surroundings or everyday objects, abstracted and distorted near beyond recognition. He blankets a tenuous sketch with a plethora of parallel lines. His sophisticated alignment, partial elaboration of contours and usage of various thicknesses of pencil result in images with grotesque perspectives – mysterious objects, which appear to breathe.

Jürgen Tauscher (*1974 in St. Pölten) likes engineering, action, adventure and science fiction. RLT, KSA1, Galactica, and 747 are some of his cryptic titles. With an impressive knack for composition he stages scenes with his heroes’ props, such as aeroplanes, space ships or special cars. Tauscher begins with a grid of double lines, which he later fills with pencil streaks until the outline only just shines through. His compact images appear light and delicate in their transparency.

Works by Helmut Hladisch and Jürgen Tauscher are shown in the exhibition “small formats.!” at the museum gugging until September 7, 2014.

“gugging – from bachler to zittra”

is the second exhibition to be opened that evening. It shows works by the Gugging Artists from the 1970s up to date, presenting classics and rarities, revealing the broad spectrum of Gugging Art such as autographs by the writer Ernst Herbeck, photographs by August Walla, Günther Schützenhöfer’s mysteriously abstract pencil drawings and Alfred Neumayr’s works in Indian ink. There are also works by Josef Bachler, Anton Dobay, Johann Hauser, Oswald Tschirtner, Erich Zittra and many others.


The gallery gugging was founded by Johann Feilacher in 1994 and belongs to the Gugging Artists. Apart from marketing their own works along a classic artist-gallery-agreement, the gallery primarily presents international art brut.

The gallery gugging was originally located inside the House of Artists. In 1997 it moved into a couple of newly vacated rooms next door, and after a restoration finally landed on the ground floor in 2005. Concurrently, Johann Feilacher and Nina Katschnig set up a private foundation in 2003, establishing the museum gugging.

Up to date, the gallery has organised almost 300 exhibitions of the Gugging Artists in national and international galleries and museums.

Nina Katschnig has been the director of the gallery gugging since 2000, and since 2009 has upgraded its program to include international art brut and neighbouring genres. Thus, the gallery offers works by Michel Nedjar, Carlo Zinelli, Bill Traylor, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Martín Ramírez, Gaston Chaissac and many others.