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The Seventies

30 October 2020 to 18 April 2021

In 2020, internationally acclaimed Swiss artist Franz Gertsch will celebrate his 90th birthday. Rising to the occasion, the LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz will put on an exhibition of his monumental paintings focused on the period of Gertsch’s emergence in the international art scene in the 1970s.

Franz Gertsch had his international breakthrough as a Swiss exponent of photo realism at the documenta in Kassel (Germany) in 1972, having discovered the medium of photography as the basis for his work three years previously. Since then, photographs – usually his own – have formed the points of departure for his creative work.

By applying paint with the brush directly on the unprimed canvas, he gives his paintings a vibrant painterly quality which is owed not least to the long creative process.

An exhibition of the Museum Franz Gertsch in collaboration with the LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz. 

Overall concept: Angelika Affentranger-Kirchrath for the Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf
Curator LENTOS: Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller


The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Hatje Cantz Verlag with numerous illustrations and essays in German and English, 208 pages, € 44.

Available in the Lentos Shop or online (

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Guided Tours & Events

Due to the current safety regulations, guided tours, workshops and events cannot take place at present. You will receive various information material on the current exhibitions on site.


Thursday, 29 October 2020, from 4 p.m.

Together with Luciano Castelli
A visit to the exhibitions is possible - under consideration of the general safety precautions (minimum distance, mouth and nose protection) - on the opening day from 4 p.m. with free admission.
 Due to the current Covid-19 event regulations, unfortunately only a limited number of people can participate in the opening. Participation is therefore only possible with registration at or 0732 7070 3601 (first come-first serve). We ask for your understanding and look forward to your coming!

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