vienna

Oswald Oberhuber

Museum Des 20. Jahrhunderts

This huge Oswald Oberhuber retrospective looked like a historical tour of art during the past 40 years. Just about all the styles, stances, and ideas propagated during this time are reflected in some way or other by this artist’s oeuvre. One cannot even claim that he simply places his personal stamp on the various aspects of the zeitgeist; rather, his personality keeps giving us the slip. Oberhuber may be present in each of his works, but never as an integral whole. One stylistic attitude after another reveals merely a single facet of an individual identity that never loses its fragmentary and ultimately inconclusive character, even in the totality of the exhibition. The artist’s theory of permanent change, which evolved in the late ’50s, and his refusal to form any personal style whatsoever combined here to produce an experience of intense flux.

By the late ’40s Oberhuber had begun his

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