The Other Life

Photographs by Konrad Mautner

27.01. - 30.06.2024

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Duration

27.01. - 30.06.2024

Opening

26.01.2024 19:00

Location

Folk Life Museum

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Exhibition

Photo albums belonging to the Mautner family came to light recently containing more than 2,000 photographs. These images serve as the starting point for a modern-day examination of the friend and patron of the folk life museums in Graz and Vienna. Created from the 1890s until Konrad Mautner’s mother’s death in 1924, taken mainly in Gössl am Grundlsee as well as in the Styrian region of the Salzkammergut, the albums tell of friends, neighbours and family members, yet mainly of Konrad Mautner himself as a family man, businessman, performer, documentarian, ethnographer and networker. Mixed in with this are also photos from Vienna, from journeys to Paris or to his father’s textile production sites. In all, the photographs show one life next to the other – the rural one in country attire, the urban one in a suit. Probably conceived originally as a memento for the family and the local area, some of these photographs were more widely disseminated. Today, they allow us insight into the everyday cultural life of the producer of images that was Konrad Mautner.

 

 

 

The Folk Life Museum at the Paulustor combines these various aspects of Konrad Mautner in its exhibition, creating a multilayered voyage of discovery. At the same time, The Other Life sets in motion the confrontation with Konrad Mautner within the family and its memory of the same, through the long-concealed images that bear direct witness. For the exhibition in the Folk Life Museum, objects from the ‘Konrad Mautner Collection’ have also been included in the presentation.

 

This is a benchmark project from the cultural city of Bad Ischl – Salzkammergut 2024. As a travelling exhibition, the show can be seen in Bad Ischl from 18.08.2024.

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Stephen Mautner, the grandson of Konrad Mautner and representatives of the heirs with Erika Thümmel, exhibition designer and Birgit Johler, curator of the exhibition (from left)

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Konrad Mautner gives a child a piggyback ride, around 1920

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Konrad Mautner during a factory visit to his father's textile company in Schumburg, Bohemia, before 1900

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Konrad Mautner and his eldest son Heinrich Matthias "Hias", Gößl, around 1914

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Anna Mautner with her eldest son in Gößl, around 1914

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Konrad Mautner and his two sisters Marie and Käthe Mautner, around 1909

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Konrad Mautner, probably in Vienna, around 1898

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Konrad Mautner, his sister Marie and a Gößler in historical costumes, presumably at the traditional costume festival in 1909

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Photograph by Konrad Mautner of the Aussee carnival: the figure of a traveling craftsman, 1905

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Exhibition view "The other life. Photographs by Konrad Mautner"

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Exhibition view "Das andere Leben. Fotografien von Konrad Mautner"

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Exhibition view "The other life. Photographs by Konrad Mautner"

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Exhibition view "The other life. Photographs by Konrad Mautner"

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Exhibition view "The other life. Photographs by Konrad Mautner"

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Exhibition view "The other life. Photographs by Konrad Mautner"

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Exhibition view "The other life. Photographs by Konrad Mautner"

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