“Hundertwasser Is Avant-Garde” – Controversial Curator Robert Fleck

In a “Snapshots” interview, he told us why Viennese people are wrong to dislike Hundertwasser …

In Austria, talking about Hundertwasser is controversial: On the one hand, he is really famous. Even people who don’t care about art know him. On the other, within the art scene his work is disregarded because it’s too “kitschy”, too “commercial”. Last week at the Belvedere Museum Orangery an exhibition opened with early paintings of Hundertwasser, which are seen as some of Austria’s most significant contributions to art history in post-war modernism. At the opening The New Contemporary met Austrian curator Robert Fleck, a professor at Düsseldorf’s Academy of Art. Fleck is a controversial curator and had to quit his job as a director of Kunst- und Aussstellungshalle Bonn last year after huge public criticism (among other reasons because of his Anselm Kiefer exhibition with works of only one collection – of Hans Grothe).

The exhibition is divided into six themes – Architecture, Garden, Japan, The Line, Journey – Way – Process, and Freedom and Abstraction. The exhibition is open till June 30, 2013.

Lower Belvedere | Orangery | Palace Stables

Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna

Tram: D, 71 (Stop “Unteres Belvedere”)

Robert Fleck, born 1957 in Vienna, is an art critic and curator, .
1978–1982: worked at Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, and other galleries. Lived in France from 1982 to 2003. 1991–93: Federal Art Curator (with Dr. Cathrin Pichler). 1998: Curated Das Jahrhundert der künstlerischen Freiheit – 100 Jahre Secession and Manifesta 2 (with Maria Lind and Barbara Vanderlinden). 1998–2000: Director of the postgraduate program at the Academy of Art in Nantes, which he then directed from 2000 to 2003. 2004–2008: Director of Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (Haus der Fotografie und Aktuelle Kunst). 2007: Commissioner of the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. 2009–2012: Director of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. Since April 2012: Professor of “Art and the Public” at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. He has published 35 books.

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