The Austrian artist Adolf Frohner (1934–2007) had a great interest in art brut, which he encountered in Paris in the 1960s. Its simple and original technical approach had a lasting influence on him. Art from Gugging, which first attracted attention from the local art world in the 1970s, is considered an Austrian variety of art brut. Young artists such as Arnulf Rainer and Adolf Frohner – in search of new forms of expression – began to explore this art form. As a renowned artist and professor at the College of Applied Arts, Frohner supported the artists in Gugging and initiated the exhibition Die Künstler aus Gugging.Haus der Künstler in the Gallery of the College of Applied Arts in the Heiligenkreuzerhof in Vienna in 1990. He successfully campaigned for the award of the Oskar Kokoschka Prize to the Gugging Artists. The award marks a turning point in the public consideration of art brut artists, especially in Austria.
The exhibition at the Forum Frohner searches for traces of the artistic dialogue between Adolf Frohner and the “Guggingers”. It ranges from key works by the Gugging classics to the second generation and Frohner’s graphic and painterly works from the 1980s and 1990s.
Johann Fischer, Adolf Frohner, Johann Garber, Johann Hauser, Rudolf Horacek, Franz Kernbeis, Johann Korec, Philip Schöpke, August Walla
Elisabeth Voggeneder in cooperation with the Department for External Exhibitions of the Association of Friends of the House of Artists