Anna-Sophie Berger

1989 · Austria

Artist biography

Anna-Sophie Berger is seen as an emerging artist, who was born and brought up in Austria, like other well-known artists such as Rudi Molacek, Rainer Arnulf, Höller Jochen, Franz Graf, and Thomas Stimm. Anna-Sophie Berger was born in 1989.


Anna-Sophie Berger most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Cell Project Space in London (11 April 2019 until 25 May 2019) with the exhibition A Failed Play. Anna-Sophie Berger's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; ANNA-SOPHIE BERGER DON’T SMOKE (13 November 2018 - 12 January 2019) at Galerie Emanuel Layr in Vienna and New Words (27 May 2017 - 22 July 2017) at Galerie Emanuel Layr in Vienna. Anna-Sophie Berger's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called New Words and took place at Galerie Emanuel Layr in Vienna, Austria from the 27 May 2017 to 22 July 2017.

Anna-Sophie Berger in private collections

Anna-Sophie Berger's works can be found on Artland in the following collections: underdog collection, which also includes works from prominent artists Asger Dybvad Larsen, Jonathan Lyndon Chase and Lili Reynaud-Dewar; as well as Pier Luigi Metelli which features the works of Gino De Dominicis, Nicola Samorì and Rä Di Martino.

Historical Context of Austria

At the start of the twentieth century, Austria was among the most pioneering and culturally progressive countries. It fostered important developments in the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau, called Jugendstil in German, from around 1895 to 1910, forming an important bridge between the nineteenth century and the commencement of modernism. This kind of progressive, avant-garde thinking led directly into the Viennese Secession movement, one of the key art and design movements of the early twentieth century. It was formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian painters, graphic artists, sculptors and architects, including Josef Hoffman Koloman Moser, Otto Wagner, and Gustave Klimt, when artists resigned, en masse, from the Association of Austrian Artists in protest against its support for more traditional artistic styles. and an exchange of ideas with international artists, disputing artistic nationalism, renewing the decorative arts and, most crucially, creating a "total art (Gesamtkunstwerk)" that unified painting, architecture, and the decorative arts. The group was strongly opposed to the domination of the official Vienna Academy of the Arts (the Vienna Künstlerhaus), and official art salons, with their traditional orientation toward Historicism. Ultimately the group broke apart, the decorative artists choosing instead to focus on a new guild called the Wiener Werkstatte. In the late 1930s, Austria was annexed by the rising force of Hitler's Nazi Germany, an act known as the Anschluss, and which organised Austria into a province of a greater German Reich. During this period, like in Germany, the Avant-garde was labelled 'Entartete Kunst', translating to 'degenerate art', and was oppressed with only 'official' social realist art being approved, or even allowed by the state. Consequently, there was a great exodus of creative talent who decided that their interests would be best served by moving to London or New York. In the 20th century, key Austrian artists included Josef Hoffman, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Herbert Bayer (the typography and graphic design pioneer of the Bauhaus), architect and designer Josef Frank, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Maria Lassnig, Hermann Nitsch, Arnulf Rainer, Franz West and Erwin Wurm.

Further Biographical Context for Anna-Sophie Berger

Anna-Sophie Berger was born in 1989, grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a controversial public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

Anna-Sophie Berger

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