International cartoons and creative morsels from Austria, Switzerland, England and Israel
“Wo i geh und steh, is‘ oafoch sche!” - "Where I go and stand, it’s simply beautiful land!" Styria can be associated with so many things: beautiful landscapes, idyllic settings, good wine, juicy apples, strength-giving pumpkinseed oil, famous personalities like the Archduke Johann Yodeler, lederhosen pants and dirndl dresses, the chamois, Styrian folk traditions, their dialect, and so much more.
2022: International, critical and humorous artworks dedicated to the theme FRESH.ICONIC.STYRIAN. -"FRISCH.KULTIG.STEIRISCH."
The steps up to the exhibition first welcome visitors linguistically with an honor-guard of worldly wisdom in dialect. Immediately, guests are immersed in a 100% Styrian feel, starting with a Styrian version of Who’s Who, featuring works by caricaturist Alfred Raschl, select cartoon classics featuring Superrudi by Markus Szyszkowitz, and critical perspectives by Rachel Gold.
In the next room, members of the sketch-artist group “Lohnzeichnergilde OÖ” enthrall the viewer with a Styrian band, a full Ausseer boat and the Styrian hat by Milan Ilić. Philipp Pamminger presents original prints and his creative chamois skulls. Wolfgang Hauer shows his Styrian Garden and Cheeky May plays with the word “STEIERMARK” (the German word for “Styria”).
The exhibition continues in authentically Styrian fashion with a selection of celebrities by Bernd Ertl and a series of Styrian literature inspired artworks by Margit Krammer. Original and entirely unique are the oversized lederhosen and the amazing pike by Woodywood, serving as wonderful a photo opportunity. A cloche of sound envelops visitors at the touch of a button, prompting the occasional person to join in the yodel. The two nail-art works from the current UNIKAT cycle of Salzburg artist Günter Edlinger provide the finishing touch in a room certain to amaze.
Also featured are critical and humorous perspectives from Switzerland and Great Britain, by Regina Vetter, Christoph Biedermann, Stefan Haller – Schlorian, Michael Mittag, Andreas Ackermann - Oger, Silvan Wegmann and Peter Schrank.
For the finale, the art takes a multimedia turn, courtesy of local artist Wolfgang Menschhorn, who was able to express himself in film, showing us, for example, Eve and Adam in a Styrian version of paradise. Depicted in a Garden of Eden-like setting are scenes of pure relaxation, such as a Styrian-style picnic of typical local delicacies, with the picnickers sporting folk costume.