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Arnulf Rainer

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Baden, Austria

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Sep, 2016 Towards Overpaintings
Sharjah Art Foundation

Arnulf Rainer is an Austrian painter and is internationally renowned for his abstract informal art.

In his early years, Rainer was influenced by Surrealism. In 1950, he founded the Hundsgruppe (dog group) together with Ernst Fuchs, Arik Brauer, and Josef Mikl. After 1954, Rainer's style evolved towards Destruction of Forms, with blackenings, overpaintings, and maskings of illustrations and photographs dominating his later work. He was close to the Vienna Actionism, featuring body art and painting under drug influence. He did a lot of work on Hiroshima, after the bombing.

His works are shown in the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. As the culmination of the appraisal of his work, in 1993 the Arnulf Rainer Museum opened in New York City.


Recent Exhibits

Arnulf Rainer participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 Trio
Galerie Lelong - Paris
Jul, 2016 Early Works 1950-1960
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg Villa Kast
Nov, 2015 Charity for the Refugees
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg Villa Kast
Aug, 2015 Collector’s Choice: My Shoes Are Your Shoes
Häusler Contemporary Zürich
Jan, 2015 Self: Portraits of Artists in their Absence
National Academy Museum
Jan, 2015 Obsession
Maison Particulière
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