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Stella Rollig in conversation with Peter Baum and Bernhard Widder

Sunday, 21 January 2007

Herbert Bayer´s writing, his art work, his plans and designs for cities, for public space and for landscapes conjoin concepts of the early modernism of the 20th century with visionary, ecologically oriented solutions. (Bernhard Widder)

Herbert Bayer, one of the great all-round artists of the 20th century?

The artist, born in 1900 in Haag am Hausruck, achieved an international career. This took Bayer from Linz to Germany to the USA, where the former Bauhaus master died in 1985 in California. Bayer was one of the most influential designers and landscape architects in the United States, but he also set new standards as a painter, photographer and sculptor in his new homeland.
A discussion about one of the most important Upper Austrian artists of the 20th century with Prof. Peter Baum and Bernhard Widder. Herbert and Joella Bayer were friends of the New Gallery and the directors Walter Kasten and Peter Baum. Bernhard Widder has researched Bayer´s America projects and is an expert on his estate, which is preserved in the Santa Barbara Museum and the Denver Art Museum.
In the basement there is a special presentation of the 50 works comprising the bequest from Joella Bayer, the artist´s widow, who died in 2004. This exhibition is enhanced with prominent Bayer paintings and photographs, which are "classics of art history", presented as "Work in Focus".

Following the panel discussion Bayer films will be shown in the auditorium.

Bernhard Widder
born 1955 in Linz, lives in Vienna. Studied architecture (Technical University Vienna). Freelance work as architect, writer, photographer, literary and architectural critic. Lectures and seminars since 1986 in Austria, the USA, Mexico and Columbia. 1996-2000 research work on Herbert Bayer´s architectural work in the USA and Mexico. Published the monograph Herbert Bayer. Architektur, Skulptur, Landschaftsgestaltung (Vienna 2000).
Exhibition curator of the show "herbert bayer. arhitectura, sculptura, pejsagistica" (January/February 2007) University "Ion Mincu", Bucharest, Romania.

Peter Baum
born 1939 in Vienna, studied law (University of Vienna), worked as graphic artist and painter from 1958 to 1973. Art critic, cultural journalist and photographer for Austrian newspapers and journals. Until 1968 director of the Galerie auf der Stubenbastei, Vienna, from 1971 to 1974 director of the Galerie Schottenring, 1974 to 2004 director of the New Gallery of the City of Linz, roughly 350 exhibitions on contemporary and classical art of the 20th century. Numerous books, catalogues, articles and lectures in Linz, Vienna and Graz. Curator of the biennials in Sao Paulo, Sydney, Ljubljana, Nuremberg, Cagnes sur Mer, and others. Founding director of the Lentos Art Museum, which opened on 18 May 2003. Freelance work since 2004.

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