Siegfried Anzinger

1953 · Austria

Artist biography

Siegfried Anzinger is seen as an established artist, who was born and brought up in Austria, like other prominent artists such as Gelatin, Hubert Scheibl, Mario Marino, Stefanie Holler, and Herbert Hinteregger. Siegfried Anzinger was born in 1953.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Siegfried Anzinger is represented by two galleries, which are Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Vienna in Austria and Studio d'Arte Cannaviello in Italy. Siegfried Anzinger's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Vienna in Austria (15 October 2019 until 11 February 2020) with the exhibition Kitchen. Siegfried Anzinger's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Vienna in Austria (24 October 2018 - 19 January 2019) with the name Vom Hunger nach Bildern and Studio d'Arte Cannaviello in Italy (27 September 2018 - 27 November 2018) with the name Studio d'arte Cannaviello 1968/2018 Cinquant'anni di attività. Siegfried Anzinger's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Studio d'arte Cannaviello 1968/2018 Cinquant'anni di attività and took place at Studio d'Arte Cannaviello in Milan, Italy from the 27 September 2018 to 27 November 2018.

Historical Context of Austria

At the turn of the twentieth century, Austria was among the most innovative 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 onset 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 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 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 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 significant exodus of creative talent who decided that their interests would be best served by relocating to London or New York. In the twentieth 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 Siegfried Anzinger

Siegfried Anzinger was born in 1953 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. The predominantly Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto achieving worldwide recognition.

Siegfried Anzinger

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