In the 1980s Erwin Bohatsch was one of the most prominent painters of the Neue Wilde
movement in Austria that, as a counter movement to the conceptual art of the 1970s, reinvented
painting as an aesthetic phenomenon. Reflecting on the first modernity his subjects were characterised by his interest in ethnographic motifs. Since the 1990s Bohatsch's portraits have turned increasingly
more abstract almost to the point of appearing nearly monochrome panels. Bohatsch turns his concentrated attention to the interaction of light and colour, the determining aspects of painting.
Current and past exhibition-dates and information
Feb 4th, 2006
From 1977 numerous international exhibitions, most recently e.g.: extensive solo exhibition Verläufe Gradients, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz (27 January - 19 March 2006) and Museum Moderner Kunst Passau Stiftung Wörlen (27 May - 16 July 2006),
group shows China Retour. Erwin Bohatsch, Herbert Brandl, Gunter Damisch, Hubert Scheibl, Walter
Vopava, Otto Zitko, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna (15 December 2005 - 19 February 2006), and Neue abstrakte Malerei
aus Österreich (New Abstract Painting from Austria), Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, New Art Museum of China, Beijing, Shaanxi Art Museum Xian, Xian, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guang Zhou (2005).
Working in close cooperation with Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck, since 1994:
solo exhibitions Neue Bilder(2001), Zwischenbilder - Werke der 80er und 90er Jahre (1999), Neue Bilder (1997, cat.), Bilder 1985–1994 (1994, cat.), group shows Best of (2001), pittura austriae. Positionen aus Österreich. I/III (2000, cat.).
Erwin Bohatsch Verläufe
Gradients, texts by Günther Holler-Schuster, Brigitte Huck, Rainer Metzger, Denys Zacharopoulos, an interview with Erwin Bohatsch by Christa Steinle, German/English, 168 pages, numerous illustrations, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern/Ruit, 2006, ISBN 3-7757-1713-7 € 30,-