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FRANZ GERTSCH. The Seventies

In 2020, internationally acclaimed Swiss artist Franz Gertsch will celebrate his 90th birthday. Rising to the occasion, the LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz will put on an exhibition of his monumental paintings focused on the period of Gertsch’s emergence in the international art scene in the 1970s.

Franz Gertsch had his international breakthrough as a Swiss exponent of photo realism at the documenta in Kassel (Germany) in 1972, having discovered the medium of photography as the basis for his work three years previously. Since then, photographs – usually his own – have formed the points of departure for his creative work.

By applying paint with the brush directly on the unprimed canvas, he gives his paintings a vibrant painterly quality which is owed not least to the long creative process.

An exhibition of the Museum Franz Gertsch in collaboration with the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz. 

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Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch

Franz Gertsch

Medici, 1971/72

Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, on loan from the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation © Franz Gertsch, photo: Dominique Uldry, Bern

Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch

Franz Gertsch

Huaa…!, 1969

Property of the artist © Franz Gertsch, photo: Dominique Uldry, Bern

Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch

Franz Gertsch

Johanna I, 1983/84

Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf (permanent loan from a private collector) © Franz Gertsch, photo: Dominique Uldry, Bern

Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch

Franz Gertsch

Maria with Children, 1971

Museum Kurhaus Kleve © Franz Gertsch, photo: Dominique Uldry, Bern

Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch

Franz Gertsch

Saintes Marie de la Mer III, 1972

On permanent loan LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, private collection © Franz Gertsch, photo: Dominique Uldry, Bern

Franz Gertsch
Franz Gertsch

Franz Gertsch

Patti Smith V, 1979

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart © Franz Gertsch, photo: Dominique Uldry, Bern

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"
Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, 2020

photo: maschekS.

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"
Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2020

photo: maschekS.

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"
Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2020

photo: maschekS.

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"
Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2020

photo: maschekS.

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"
Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Exhibtion view "Franz Gertsch. The Seventies"

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2020

photo: maschekS.

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