Janz Franz

24.05. - 27.10.2024

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24.05. - 27.10.2024


23.05.2024 19:00


Neue Galerie Graz

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About the

‘Painter, draughtsman, actionist, necromancer, arsehole’ was written on Janz Franz’ visiting card, which he handed around in the mid-1990s to introduce himself and make others remember him. Born in Graz, Janz Franz was socialised in the Styrian capital in the 1960s when a local rock scene was establishing itself, steirischer herbst was founded and the Forum Stadtpark experienced its legendary era. Although he only devoted himself to art later on, this period of the Graz (sub-)culture impacted him greatly. The music of his youth, the songs of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple, were the soundtrack of his art and found their way into his pictures in numerous allusions and quotations. Early inspiration came from an encounter with Hermann Nitsch at the ‘International Summer Academy for Fine Arts’ in Salzburg in 1981. Janz Franz absorbs his actionist energy and the spontaneous, expressive gesture in his painting. Important blocks of works are created with the resulting pictures of demons and whores, which are ultimately presented at the Kulturhaus Graz, too, by Otto Breicha in 1997. The exhibition in the Neue Galerie Graz represents the first review by an institution of the work of the Styrian-in-exile, who died in 2017 following years of poor health.