OstLicht kicks off summer season 2016 by opening its rich holdings to the public and offering works from its repertoire for sale. From new discoveries to classics of photography, from Viennese avantgarde to Japanese provocateurs.
We start with the icons of the movie screens and the international jetset, with Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot, captured flirting with Douglas Kirkland’scamera in the beginning of the 1960s. The two are accompanied by notorious bad boys like Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn, depicted by Bryan Adams, who made a name for himself not only as a musician, but also as a fantastic photographer. The wall sized works by Wim Wenders, which are reminiscent of classical film sets, provide a perfect stage for a grand entrance.
Lenny Kravitz is present as a rock star – in a portrait by Mathieu Bitton – as well as with his own photographic work. Andy Warhol, who redefined the star system with his factory, posed in 1982 for Pierre Houle with bow tie and Minox camera.
In the second room, next to works by Chinese shooting star Ren Hang, who in 2015 was presented by OstLicht with his largest solo exhibition so far, we meet with images of another absolute contemporary: Paweł Jaszczuk, long term resident of Japan, with his series »Kinky City« on the bustling Tokyo nightlife. An important influence for Jaszczuk’s harsh imagery is one of the masters of Japanese Photography: Daido Moriyama. The exhibition presents four of his recent works in large-format prints.
Viennese Actionism has been a focus of OstLicht owner Peter Coeln’s passion for collection ever since. A Schwarzkogler box which comes with ten colour prints of his first action »Wedding« is for sale, as well as a portfolio of Brus’ action »Transfusion«, photographed by Ludwig Hoffenreich. Cora Pongracz, whose estate was secured by OstLicht in 2015, documented the 1969 Muehl action in Freudenauer water. Her photographs will be offered as premium edition prints.
We encounter two of Magnums finest in the third room: Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt, both with their inimitableview on the poetry of everyday life. Of Trude Fleischmann, trailblazer of photographic modernism in Austria, a group of characteristic role portraits of Burg actress Helene Thimig from the 1920s can be seen. Austrian photography is also represented with such diverse positions as Peter Weibel, Elfie Semotan, Elisabeth Czihak, Elke Krystufek and Franz Hubmann.
A portfolio, published in 2006 by Doctors Without Borders combines photographic works by first class contemporary artists from Austria, including Heimo Zobernig, Margherita Spiluttini, Oswald Oberhuber and VALIE EXPORT.