Kiki Kogelnik

1935 · Austria

Artist biography

Kiki Kogelnik is an established artist, who originates from Austria. Kiki Kogelnik was born in 1935. Artists Otto Muehl, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Josef Mikl and Ernst Fuchs are of the same generation and same country as Kiki Kogelnik.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Kiki Kogelnik's work is available on display in natalie seroussi in Paris, France and König Galerie in Berlin, Germany. Kiki Kogelnik's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Compositions at Charim Galerie in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition was open from 14 September 2018 until 13 October 2018. Kiki Kogelnik's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Campoli Presti | Paris in France (05 June 2019 - 19 July 2019) with the name Self Portrait with Visor and Kayne Griffin Corcoran in the United States (10 May 2019 - 05 July 2019) with the name SURROGATES. Kiki Kogelnik's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Compositions and took place at Charim Galerie in Vienna, Austria from the 14 September 2018 to 13 October 2018.

Historical Context of Austria

At the turn of the 20th century, Austria was among the most pioneering and culturally progressive countries. It fostered key 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 19th 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 founded 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 fervently opposed to the dominance 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 developing 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 named '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 relocating 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 Kiki Kogelnik

Born in 1935, Kiki Kogelnik's creative work was largely influenced by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many important artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the grounds for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the subsequent decades. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Kiki Kogelnik

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