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Herbert Brandl

born 1959, Graz
With his large-format works, Herbert Brandl is one of Austria’s most successful contemporary artists and among the most significant proponents of Neo-Expressionism.

Brandl began studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 1978, coming under the tutelage of Herbert Tasquil and Peter Weibel. In 2004 he became a professor at Düsseldorf Art Academy.

In the mid-1980s, he began taking part in notable international exhibitions. These included the Paris Biennale (1985), Musée d’Art de la Ville de Paris (1990), documenta IX (1992) and “Painting on the Move” at the Kunsthalle Basel – Museum of Contemporary Art (2002). In 2007 his works were exhibited in the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Brandl’s paintings are included in many important public collections, both national and international, such as the Albertina, the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the New Gallery in Graz, but also the Stedelijk Museum in Gent, the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Serralves Museum in Porto, the Kunsthalle in Bern and in Zurich, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Renaissance Society in Chicago.

Landscape has always played a dominant thematic role in Brandl’s oeuvre, which switches between picturesque abstract works and representationalism. With the turn of the millennium, his interest in monumental mountain scenes became more visibly pronounced. He makes use of various formats and techniques to newly interpret mountains as a visual subject, playing with expressive gestures, abstract areas of colour and strong shapes.

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