Cora Pongracz

Galerie Steinek

This exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Galerie Fotohof in Salzburg, offered the chance to rediscover Cora Pongracz, an artist who, despite her important role in Viennese art circles in the ’70s, had largely vanished from public view in the last few years. Among Pongracz’s most well-known works is a series of photographs in which she portrays the ’70s “art scene”—perhaps the reason her reputation as an artist has been reduced to that of a chronicler. Series like the “Photogeschichte Martha Jungwirth—Franz Ringel” (Photographic history Martha Jungwirth—Franz Ringel), 1972. (which was also published as a book), and “Verwechslungen” (Confusions/Mistaken [Identities]), 1978, document the mood, friendships, love affairs, intellectual relationships, interests, and activities of artists, literati, and critics of that era. But these photos do not merely provide eyewitness to the

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