The 80s. Art of the Eighties

Until 13 February 2022

Franz Gertsch | Irène, 1980 | Olbricht Collection © Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch | Irène, 1980 | Olbricht Collection © Franz Gertsch

Francesco Clemente | Hermaphrodite, 1985 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - The JABLONKA Collection © Francesco Clemente
Francesco Clemente | Hermaphrodite, 1985 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - The JABLONKA Collection © Francesco Clemente

The 80s are the most important decade for the art of our age. For the first time, art was no longer determined by an all-dominant style, such as abstraction or Pop. The 80s stand out for an unprecedented stylistic pluralism that resorted to the picture pool of past decades: the 80s were the cradle of Postmodernism.

After the years of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, the New Wild Ones satisfied the hunger for pictures with their Neo-Expressionist painting. Jeff Koons discovered kitsch. Francesco Clemente resorted to ancient mythology, while Julian Schnabel shattered the picture proper with his material collages. Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo sought to disappoint expectations as to permanent artistic innovation by attacking the fetish of art’s originality. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring became the epitome of artistic nonconformity. The feminist art of Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer declared war on male dominance and the obsessed consumerism of American society. And for the first time, Austrian art, such as that of Franz West, Brigitte Kowanz, and Erwin Wurm, seamlessly blended in with contemporary international art.

On view from 10 October 2021 until 13 February 2022.

David Salle | Room with blue statue, 1986 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
David Salle | Room with blue statue, 1986 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
Brigitte Kowanz | 1x8, 1988/2019 | ALBERTINA, Wien – Familiensammlung Haselsteiner © Brigitte Kowanz | Photo © Stefan Altenburger
Brigitte Kowanz | 1x8, 1988/2019 | ALBERTINA, Wien – Familiensammlung Haselsteiner © Brigitte Kowanz | Photo © Stefan Altenburger
David Salle | Room with blue statue, 1986 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
David Salle | Room with blue statue, 1986 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Bildrecht, Wien, 2021
Jean Michel Basquiat | The Thinker, 1986 | Private Collection © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
Jean Michel Basquiat | The Thinker, 1986 | Private Collection © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
Julian Schnabel | Pandora (Jaqueline as an Etruscan), 1986 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Julian Schnabel | Stefan Fiedler - Salon Iris, Wien
Julian Schnabel | Pandora (Jaqueline as an Etruscan), 1986 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Julian Schnabel | Stefan Fiedler - Salon Iris, Wien
Isolde Joham | Electric Rider, 1981 | Privatsammlung © Isolde Joham | Photo: Olga Pohankova
Isolde Joham | Electric Rider, 1981 | Privatsammlung © Isolde Joham | Photo: Olga Pohankova
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente & Andy Warhol | Alba's Breakfast, 1984 | Bischofberger Collection, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / Bildrecht, Vienna 2021 | © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Bildrecht, Vienna 2021 © Francesco Clemente
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente & Andy Warhol | Alba's Breakfast, 1984 | Bischofberger Collection, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / Bildrecht, Vienna 2021 | © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Bildrecht, Vienna 2021 © Francesco Clemente
Keith Haring | Untitled, 1983 | © Private Collection | Keith Haring Foundation | Courtesy of Martos Gallery
Keith Haring | Untitled, 1983 | © Private Collection | Keith Haring Foundation | Courtesy of Martos Gallery
Gilbert & George | We Are, 1985 | Collection Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg · Seoul | © Gilbert & George / © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
Gilbert & George | We Are, 1985 | Collection Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg · Seoul | © Gilbert & George / © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
Sandro Chia | Verso Damasco, 1981 | Bischofberger Collection, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
Sandro Chia | Verso Damasco, 1981 | Bischofberger Collection, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
Francesco Clemente | Hermaphrodite, 1985 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - The JABLONKA Collection © Francesco Clemente
Francesco Clemente | Hermaphrodite, 1985 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna - The JABLONKA Collection © Francesco Clemente
Jeff Koons | Bear and policeman, 1988 | Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg © Jeff Koons | Photo: Gautier Deblonde
Jeff Koons | Bear and policeman, 1988 | Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg © Jeff Koons | Photo: Gautier Deblonde
Bruce Nauman | Sex and Death by Murder and Suicide, 1985 | Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Depositum in der Öffentlichen Kunstsammlung Basel | © Bruce Nauman/ Bildrecht, Wien 2021 | Foto: Bisig & Bayer, Basel
Bruce Nauman | Sex and Death by Murder and Suicide, 1985 | Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Depositum in der Öffentlichen Kunstsammlung Basel | © Bruce Nauman/ Bildrecht, Wien 2021 | Foto: Bisig & Bayer, Basel
Mike Kelley | Estral Star #3, 1989 | Ringier Collection, Switzerland | © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021 | Photo: Gerhard Born
Mike Kelley | Estral Star #3, 1989 | Ringier Collection, Switzerland | © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021 | Photo: Gerhard Born
Jenny Holzer & Sandra Fabara (Lady Pink) | Savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later, 1983/1984 | Sammlung Ringier, Schweiz | © LadyPink | © Bildrecht, Wien 2021
Jenny Holzer & Sandra Fabara (Lady Pink) | Savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later, 1983/1984 | Sammlung Ringier, Schweiz | © LadyPink | © Bildrecht, Wien 2021
Cindy Sherman | Untitled Film Still, 1980 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection | © Cindy Sherman / Courtesy of the artist | Photo: Franz Schachinger
Cindy Sherman | Untitled Film Still, 1980 | ALBERTINA, Wien – The ESSL Collection | © Cindy Sherman / Courtesy of the artist | Photo: Franz Schachinger
Franz Gertsch | Irène, 1980 | Olbricht Collection © Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch | Irène, 1980 | Olbricht Collection © Franz Gertsch
Izhar Patkin | Don Quijote Segunda Parte, 1987 | Private Collection © Izhar Patkin
Izhar Patkin | Don Quijote Segunda Parte, 1987 | Private Collection © Izhar Patkin
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