Paul Flora
Drawings

From 29 October 2021

To mark the 100th birthday of Paul Flora (1922–2009), the ALBERTINA Museum dedicates a comprehensive retrospective to this prominent Tyrolean artist. Focusing on Flora in his role as a draftsman, the exhibition presents a selection of some 130 works, spanning a bow from the late 1930s to the early 2000s and thus showcasing the artist’s multifaceted oeuvre of several decades. The presentation brings together masterpieces from the ALBERTINA Museum’s own holdings and important loans from the estate and from Paul Flora’s family.  

What makes the drawings, which are executed in pen and ink or pencil, so captivating are their precise handling, reduced and accurately defined outlines, and meticulous hatching—characteristic stylistic features lending them a very special expressivity. The diverse selection reveals Flora’s outstanding talent as a draftsman and takes the viewer on an exciting journey through a fantastic and rich imagery. Enchanted landscapes and mysterious figures are part of the artist’s repertoire of motifs, as are black ravens or bizarre human characters underlining the humorous aspect of his output. These works are complemented by mysterious depictions of the lagoon city of Venice, adding to his canon of resourceful themes.

Flora’s drawings frequently give the impression of having sprung from a dream. Thus they not only achieve immediate accessibility but are also pictorial inventions of timeless permanence and relevance.

The exhibition is on view from 29 October 2021 until 30 January 2022.

Image Gallery – 12 Images
Paul Flora | Untitled (Three Balloons), ca. 1950 | Collection Galerie Thomas Flora, Innsbruck © Paul Flora Estate Administration, Salzburg, and Diogenes Verlag, Zurich
Paul Flora | Untitled (Three Balloons), ca. 1950 | Collection Galerie Thomas Flora, Innsbruck © Paul Flora Estate Administration, Salzburg, and Diogenes Verlag, Zurich
Paul Flora | In the Rain: Man, half covered by an umbrella, walking, against the rain, ca. 1946 | ALBERTINA, Vienna ©  Paul Flora Estate Administration, Salzburg, and Diogenes Verlag, Zurich
Paul Flora | In the Rain: Man, half covered by an umbrella, walking, against the rain, ca. 1946 | ALBERTINA, Vienna © Paul Flora Estate Administration, Salzburg, and Diogenes Verlag, Zurich

 

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