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about the exhibition

The Infeld Collection includes what is presumably Austria’s largest collection of Naive Art. Not only that, but it also encompasses positions that border on Art Brut, Self-Taught Art and Outsider Art.

The exhibition familiarizes visitors with famous Naive Artists, emphasizing positions from what is now the country of Croatia. An especially large number of “classic” Naive Artists established themselves there, particularly around the influential School of Hlebine. However, the show also presents works created in the Balkans and other European countries, where independent currents in Naive Art likewise developed in the 20th century. To complement all of this, naiv.? additionally focuses on captivating positions bordering on other stylistic tendencies, represented by singular positions like those of Ilija Bašičević Bosilj, Sava Sekulić and Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern. The question mark in the exhibition’s title alludes to the difficulty of any clear differentiation from these stylistic directions.


The instrument-string manufacturer Peter Infeld and his mother Margaretha Infeld began collecting art in the mid-1960s. Since Peter Infeld’s death in 2009, his widow Zdenka Infeld has continued to build the family’s collection. The exhibition was jointly curated by the head of the collection, Dr. Yordanka Weiss, and the artistic director of the museum gugging, Prof. Johann Feilacher.



Ilija Bašičević Bosilj, André Bauchant, Emile Blondel, Camille Bombois, Emerik Feješ, Ivan Generalić, Josip Generalić, Mato Generalić, Krsto Hegedušić, Pál Homonai, Dragutin Drago Jurak, Franjo Klopotan, Mijo Kovačić, Đorđe Kreća, Albina Kudeljnjak, Ivan Lacković-Croata, Branko Lovak, Wano Meliaschwili, Nikifor, Fritz Opitz, Josip Pintarić Puco, Mara Puškarić-Petras, Ivan Rabuzin, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Sava Sekulić, Matija Skurjeni, Petar Smajić, Slavko Stolnik, Nada Švegović-Budaj, Jože Tisnikar, Ivan Večenaj-Tišlarov


The film „Sava Sekulić Self-Taught“ by Slobodan D. Pešić is also on view, which is the only exisiting documentation on the artist (Eden Rock Production, 2014 / Museum of Naive and Marginal Art, Jagodina, Serbia). 

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