Digital Museum

Exclusive insights into the Museum Gugging

Since 2006, museum gugging has presented the oeuvre of artists from Gugging, who have been among the most important representatives of Art Brut since the 1970s. Their works form the foundation of the museum and document the essential positions of artistic creation in Gugging.

In the Digital Museum, we provide our visitors with insights into the fascinating world of museum gugging. "We dive into the structures of Laila Bachtiar. We explain how a work by Rudolf Horacek became the museum's logo. We present the universe of August Walla. We bring you the star of Johann Hauser and you can tune in to Oswald Tschirtner, whose hundredth birthday would have been on May 24, 2020," says Johann Feilacher, artistic director of museum gugging, who takes us with him through the museum.

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Portrait Oswald Tschirtner, Foto: Martin Vukovits

Oswald Tschirtner

Oswald Tschirtner is one of the most successful artists from Gugging. He has left behind an extensive body of work characterized by a minimalist and abstract style. The artist's best-known motif is the genderless cephalopod, the image of a human being whose torso is missing or severely shrunken and is usually outlined by four extremities drawn out in length. Oswald Tschirtner became artistically active only at the suggestion and in the presence of another person. His artistic work consists mainly of small-format ink drawings on paper. Tschirtner, despite his lack of initiative, is a completely independent artist, uninfluenced by contemporary or traditional art. It comes to a reduction of form and an abstraction of the depicted, the contextualization is through the title.

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Portrait Johann Hauser, Foto: Martin Vukovits

Johann Hauser

The artistic work of Johann Hauser is special: already in his first drawings, the artist's themes and stylistic characteristics are evident, which he only modified and refined in his later creative periods. Hauser was an impulsive character, and that was exactly how he dealt with the material - pencil, colored pencil and paper. Sometimes he delicately stroked the tool across the surface, then he fought the paper with all his might. His depictions also convinced critical artists such as Arnulf Rainer and Peter Pongratz. They recognized the quality of Hauser's work and contributed to his success.

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Portrait August Walla, Foto: Martin Vukovits

August Walla

August Walla is one of the most versatile artists of the 20th century and one of the most important Austrian artists after 1945. The starting point of all his art is his self-created private mythological universe. To capture this, he used a cross-media approach in which there are no hierarchies within the various media. His artistic œuvre includes painting (canvas, mural, graffito), drawing, text, sculpture, installation, public art, performance and photography. August Walla's art is closely linked to his personal biography.

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Portrait Rudolf Horacek, Foto: Martin Vukovits

Rudolf Horaceck

When Rudolf Horacek (1915-1986) was asked several times in the seventies to draw a human being, it usually ended with the depiction of a head. Only very rarely did he draw a whole body. But he was very fond of heads. He began these with an egg-shaped circle, which he slowly filled up with strokes, numbers, letters or short sentences (mostly "Horacek in Mannswörth"). The lines in the drawing created squares, which Horacek then hatched, often covering up everything he had previously written. The longer he worked on a sheet, the less remained visible under the layers of pencil.

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Portrait Laila Bachtiar, Foto: Maria Ziegelböck

Laila Bachtiar

Born in 1971 in Vienna, Laila Bachtiar's artistic work encompasses two drawing worlds, one colored and one gray. However, these are closely connected and have the same origin: a framework of lines. The pure pencil drawings unleash the possibilities of the pencil in all its facets. Color nuances from black to light gray create a dynamic field of tension; such compositions are among the most expressive works in Bachtiar's artistic oeuvre.

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