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Andy Warhol at “KiS“ – Kunst in Seefeld (Art in Seefeld) - Warhol‘s tribute to Jewish intellectual greats
KiS – Kunst in Seefeld (Art in Seefeld) has a famous name at the heart of its latest exhibition. The small yet select Seefeld art gallery presents Andy Warhol‘s tribute to Jewish intellectual greats of the last century. The exhibition ‘Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century‘ is now the third example of the successful cooperation between KiS founder Rafael Jablonka and the Seefeld municipal council.
Andy Warhol was the US art world’s ‘enfant terrible‘ in the second half of the 20th century and is certainly one of the most controversial and prolific artists of the last few decades. He produced art almost in conveyor-like fashion in his ‘factories‘ (three of them) and his parties were the in-place for intellectuals, artists and celebrities to meet.
Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh in 1928. He discovered his passion for drawing when, as a child, illness confined him to bed for a lengthy period. His breakthrough came in 1961 with his now famous “Campbell’s Soup Cans“ solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Ron Feldman, an art dealer friend of Warhol’s, suggested that he create artistic impressions of Jewish celebrities and gave him a list of 100 names from science, politics and other areas. The result was the “Ten Portraits“ project, whittled down to ten names over the course of many conversations in 1979. Among the names are such famous personalities as Sigmund Freud, Sarah Bernhardt and Golda Meir, as well as a group portrait of the legendary four Marx Brothers.
The ‘Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century‘ exhibition was arranged by the art collector Rafael Jablonka and can be visited till September at KiS – Kunst in Seefeld (Art in Seefeld) in the old fire station in Seefeld, a location that perfectly suits Warhol’s ‘factory‘ concept. The collages show how Warhol created the portraits in his own instantly recognisable style by combining colours and shapes and silkscreened photos and drawings of the sitters.
Since its premiere a year or so ago, KiS has made a name for itself, not only in Seefeld but also further afield. As a result, 2022 saw the founding of “KiS - Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst in Seefeld“ (Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Art in Seefeld) on the initiative of Rafael Jablonka and with Elisabeth Gürtler of the Astoria Resort Seefeld, herself a well-connected personality, at its head. The KiS Association aims to increase awareness of the exhibition centre among both Seefeld guests and locals alike, while also promoting art education among children and young people.
KiS – Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst in Seefeld (Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Art in Seefeld) was founded in 2022 on the initiative of Rafael Jablonka. Elisabeth Gürtler heads the board, along with Christian Jäger (treasurer) and Clemens Rhomberg (secretary). They are also founding members of KiS, as are Hans-Peter Haselsteiner, Renate Labak, Ernst Mitterndorfer, Klaus Ortner and Rafael Jablonka. “ My goal in this capacity, is to help Seefeld stand out from other tourist destinations." says chairwoman Elisabeth Gürtler. "The promotion of international contemporary art of the level that Rafael Jablonka shows will hopefully inspire the people who live here and attract new guests." Further information on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2022: from Friday, 10th June 2022 to Sunday, 25th September 2022, Fridays – Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Winter 2022/23: from Friday, 16th December 2022 to Sunday, 12th March 2023, Fridays – Sundays from 3 pm to 5 pm.
"Art made easy": basic introductions to Andy Warhol's work. With guest card only € 7 (instead of € 20), registration here.
Curator´s tour with Rafael Jablonka, initiator of KiS - Kunst in Seefeld, gives a personal insight into the collage series "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century". For members of KiS - Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Art in Seefeld, participation is free (+ one accompanying person). Non-members pay € 15 per person on site. Registration is not necessary.
KiS - Kunst in Seefeld
Alte Feuerwehrhalle - Münchnerstraße 271
Seefeld / Tirol