14/07 - 06/10/2013
Kiki Kogelnik (1935–1997) holds one of the internationally most significant positions in 20th century Austrian art.
Her varied and diverse oeuvre produced a kaleidoscope of visual worlds: from little known graphic art, abstract informal compositions and pop-art influenced painting to sculptural vinyl “Hangings” and to the groups of works from the 1980s and ’90s which are characterized by increasing bodily fragmentation and abstraction.
Already in the 1950s, Kogelnik was, together with Rainer, Hollein, Mikl, and Lassnig, part of the young avant-garde that gathered around the Vienna Galerie nächst St. Stefan. Her painterly early work shows influences of post-modern abstraction, but quickly moves on to informal, gestural pictorial designs. In 1961, she relocated to New York City, where she became friends with Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Warhol, and Wesselmann and developed her own independent pop-art variant. Fascinated by the urbanity and vitality of New York, she devoted herself to subjects of progress like space travel, however, without losing sight of the socio-political and military aspects.
Kogelnik responded to the first wave of feminism in the 1970s with women's pictures that ironically deconstruct clichés of femininity and paraphrases sexual attributes and the ideals of beauty of the media world.