Against the Doctrine. Oswald Oberhuber and his World.
Oswald Oberhuber is an artist who tried to unite art and life. Oberhuber is a universalist: sculptor, painter, art theoretician, -educator, exhibition organizer, professor and poet. He took on a wide variety of positions in the art system, from the artist to the gallery owner to the university rector. Oberhuber consistently lived the principle of change as a human being and artist. As an artist who cannot be formalized or contentedly classified, he described his principle of permanent change with the words “One should not develop a style, actually every painting should be new. You will eventually get a routine and know how it will develope. As soon as I felt it, I got bored”. The exhibition – “Against the Doctrine” Oswald Oberhuber and his World – reflects one, his artistic attitude that unites art and life, diversity, innovation, curiosity and the irrepressible will to reinvent itself over and over again. Oberhuber’s work characterizes an attitude of permanent scepticism towards the appropriation through style, branding and the market, a rebellion against categorization and programmatic fixation, a downright old-fashioned and also politically correct modesty and political narrowing of the art revolutionary attitude. The exhibition traces its diverse influences by linking its work with artists (and even former pupils) that are important or close to him, and points out that Oberhuber is one of the central personalities of Austrian art after 1945.