Galerie Gugging

curated by christopher kane

23/06/2022 - 09/10/2022

christopher kane with barbara demlczuk, helmut hladisch, franz kamlander, johann korec, johannes „lejo“ lechner, heinrich reisenbauer, arnold schmidt, leopold strobl & karl vondal.


The galerie gugging invites you to a premiere of a special kind, where, for the first time, artworks of the renowned fashion designer Christopher Kane will be on display. In the exhibition “curated by christopher kane” the siblings Christopher & Tammy Kane present their favourite works of the Gugging Artists and their colleagues hand in hand with Christopher Kane’s expressive works. A dream in neon, glitter & haute couture.

The legendary “curated by …” exhibition series of the galerie gugging goes into the third round. After Johann Garber and Daniel Spoerri, it is Christopher Kane’s turn – one of the world’s hottest fashion designers. This is a special collaboration for the galerie gugging, which gallery director Nina Katschnig has been looking forward to for a long time. Already during the first cooperation in 2016, Christopher Kane exhibited works by the Gugging Artists in perfect harmony with his collection at that time in his London flagship store. Followed by a photo shoot at the galerie gugging for the fashion designer’s Pre-Fall 2017 Collection, for which he was inspired by works by Johann Korec and, in particular, Heinrich Reisenbauer. In 2022, this collaboration is now to continue in a very special way. …

To get everything on track for the upcoming exhibition “curated by christopher kane”, Christopher & Tammy Kane, who jointly run the Christopher Kane fashion label, paid a visit to the galerie gugging in March 2022. During their visit, the friendly Scottish pair of siblings spent a whole day enthusiastically browsing the Gugging collection of works in order to put a varied, coherent selection of the Gugging Artists and their colleagues together that match with Christopher Kane’s exciting debut works.

In 2020, Christopher Kane rediscovered his love of painting when the situational pause also abruptly halted his otherwise fast-moving world. Kissed by creativity, Kane spontaneously posted some of his artworks on Instagram. This is how the idea for a joint exhibition at the galerie gugging was born. Gallery director Nina Katschnig was immediately enthusiastic: “When I saw Christopher’s bold new works on Instagram, I knew immediately: this is a perfect fit for us – he somehow has no limits!” Christopher himself is a self-confessed Art Brut fan and says: “There’s a spontaneity to Art Brut or Outsider Art – that feeling of a skill or expression that just seems to come from nowhere, the absence of ego in art brut is what makes it so interesting to me.” It is precisely this spontaneity, coupled with his flamboyant touch, that can be found in Christopher Kane’s expressive artworks, which range from small-scale drawn heads in acrylic to sixfoot large canvases in neon. From these, personalities in glitter, acrylic or haute couture greet you, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer in their directness.

Here, words are undoubtedly not enough and should therefore only serve as a hand that reaches out to you to invite you to pay a personal visit to the galerie gugging being enchanted by the bold, extravagant personalities of Christopher Kane himself and marveling at the exciting dialogue they enter into with the Gugging Artists & their colleagues.