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liebling.! Etching art from four decades
The technique of etching has a long tradition in Gugging. As early as in the sixties Leo Navratil had his patients work on copper plates with a simple burin. At that time, the artists from Gugging were still unknown and nobody believed that their works would find the international recognition of art critics. Until the present day, printed graphics have remained a medium of the Gugging artists, printed as simple, uncorrected etchings. These are almost exclusively first prints, as no copper plate has ever been worked on several times, as is usually the case. The editions range from single proofs to a maximum edition of 100, of which, however, it was not uncommon in the past for only a small number to be printed.
Less is more. The simplicity of the etching technique in Gugging often exposes artistic aspects that remain hidden or obscured on colored pencil drawings or canvases. Moreover, the delicacy of the stroke cannot be matched by any other artistic technique. While the etching technique is rarely associated with Art Brut because of its firm anchoring in art history and its reproducibility, this medium often demands from the artist pictorial solutions that are less artificial than many prime examples of so-called raw art. This reduction is at the same time the strength of Gugging's etching.
In the exhibition "liebling.!" more than 250 works were shown, including rarities of Gugging etching art by TSCHIRTNER, HAUSER and WALLA, but also unknown works, which are presented to the public for the first time. After the presentation "blug" - Four Decades of Art from Gugging, the extensive etching exhibition was an opportunity - unusual for Art Brut - to get to know another level of art from Gugging.

ida buchmann
Ida BUCHMANN was born in 1911 in Egliswil, Switzerland. After 1966 she lived in the psychiatric clinic Königsfelden, where she was discovered and promoted as an artist by Roman Buxbaum. Even as an octogenarian, she was still periodically active as an artist.'Her states of mind alternated from deeply sad to overly self-conscious. She created her works in these heights of mood. Strong strokes and almost gaudy colors characterize her works, which were created at great speed. Ida Buchmann drew mostly in the presence of a conversation partner, the content of the conversations was also always the subject of the resulting works. Very personal, influenced by life, her wishes and needs, her works also reflected her respective life situation and mood.
Ida Buchmann knew nothing of traditional rural, historical or contemporary art. Her works were created entirely out of an inner need for expression and are testimonies to a very talented woman who paid no attention to artistic criteria and created her paintings without bias. The leap from small paper to two-by-four meter canvases was no problem for the artist. In fact, the reverse was true: it was there that she was able to really express herself. The contents repeatedly point to her need for love and also songs, because during the creation was often sung. She let free associations run their course and a joyful mood prevailed. Since the artist was discovered as such only in old age, her oeuvre remained small. She died in 2001 and the presentation of her works in the Museum Gugging was the first in Austria.

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