• Begin: 5/9/2017
  • End: 8/19/2017
  • Opening: Mo, May 8, 2017, 7 pm
  • Curators: Wolfgang Drechsler




Throughout his life Jorg Hartig (*1932 Smržovka/Morchenstern, Czech Republic) has drawn his greatest artistic inspiration from his immediate surroundings: from everyday life and the phenomena of civilisation and culture. ‘Everything that exists in painting also exists in nature’ is a guiding principle of his. Indeed, paint is of great significance to Hartig. But in the mid-1960s, when he felt he had exhausted the possibilities of oil painting, he began experimenting with emulsion. In 1966 he discovered acrylic as a material and pioneered its use in Austria. The new technique resulted in a faster pace, in terms of both the act of painting and its themes: intersections and overlaps were now possible: the pace of the street and its users, destruction, crushed empty ice-cream tubs. And during a stay in the United States he became fascinated by American football, incorporating its sheer pace and battle into his mostly large-format paintings.


Hartig himself refers to his works as REALPOP, bound as they always are to reality itself. Even paintings that, at first sight, have nothing to do with the real world originate in it. Now MUSA is showcasing Jorg Hartig’s extensive and significant oeuvre for the first time in a condensed museum retrospective of works spanning six decades, with some of the works on show set to alternate during the exhibition run.


The works presented in the exhibition as well as in the catalogue are part of a generous donation given by the artist to the City of Vienna - MUSA in 2012. 


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10 JAHRE MUSA 200We are celebrating our 10th anniversary with three exhibitions: GABRIELE ROTHEMANN | QUIRE. Twenty-Four Birdcages (Feb 28 - April 22, 2017), JORG HARTIG. REALPOP. A RETROSPECTIVE (May 9 -August 19, 2017) and ba ≠ b+a | 10 Years of MUSA - From the Collection of the City of Vienna, which will be inaugurated within the framework of a party on the occasion of 10 YEARS OF MUSA (Opening Sept 7, 2017, Duration of the exhibition: Sept 8, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018). For further information please click here

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