Ursula Buchart - László Fehér - Nóra Soós - Hans Staudacher

With the "ART VIENNA-BUDAPEST PROGRAM" exhibition of four exponents of contemporary painting, two times two artists are being pitted together who, firstly, come from the the neighbouring countries of Austria and Hungary; who, secondly, can be split into an older and a younger generation; and who, thirdly, provide a gender-specific viewpoint. Confronting one another in the exhibition are Ursula Buchart and Hans Staudacher from Austria and the Hungarians László Fehér and Nóra Soós. The older male positions are mixed with younger female ones, illustrating the breach in the dominance of the male in the art of the late 20th century. Stylistically, the four painting standpoints indicate the gamut of contemporary painting ranging from abstract to figural, expressive to conceptual, each one maintaining his or her own individual touch in the juxtaposition of their being hung and in direct comparison.
The young painter Ursula Buchart, born in 1976 in Munich, now lives and works in Vienna and just recently was awarded her diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts, studying under Gunter Damisch. At an early stage in her artist’s career she seems to have found her style – blurred painting and the combination of trivial, fairytale motifs. For the artist Baroque painting is a significant reference point, its expressive emotion and atmospheric light suffusion finding their way into Buchart’s works.
László Fehér, born in 1953 in Székesfehérvár in Hungary, lives and works in Budapest and Tács and is regarded as one of the leading representatives of Hungarian art since the 1980s. He turned to a form of new Expressionism, an attempt to re-interpret the tradition of Hungarian expressive Realism, and this led him in the late 1980s to his own style, which explores the relationship between figure and surroundings. Only a few sketchy figures populate the canvas and, with the use of few colours, convey basic human sensitivities, which point to loneliness as an unalterable fact of human existence. Several times László Fehér has represented his country at the Biennale in Venice: in 1990 he designed the Hungarian pavilion. In 2007 he was appointed Hungary’s cultural attaché.
The banalities of everyday life and its situations are the theme in the paintings of the young Hungarian Nóra Soós. Soós was born in Szombathely and studied at the academies of fine arts in Munich and Budapest. Typical of Soós’s painting is the translucent overlaying of sketched scenes in colourful, powerful paints. The picture’s layers thus created give the impression that one can see simultaneously several different motifs in which figures and objects form parallel scenes.
Powerful painting is also to be seen in the works of the representative and founder of the Austrian Art Informel, Hans Staudacher. Hans Staudacher is a self-taught artist who began exhibiting internationally in 1948. Since 1950 he has been living and working in Vienna. Between 1954 and 1962 he spent several periods in Paris and encountered there the Tachism and Informel styles that left a mark on him. His abstract paintings are executed in an expressive, gestic manner, calligraphic characters, symbols, notes as well as cardboard and paper are bonded in in the style of a collage. Among his many awards: the top prize in the Tokyo Biennale in 1965 and the Golden Medal for Science and Art of the Austrain Republic 2004. Vienna awarded him 2004 the Golden Medal for services to the city.

Tuesday, 8 May at 6 p.m.
in the Hungarian Embassy, Bankgasse 4-6, 1010 Vienna

Opening speech by Zsolt Németh, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francesca von Habsburg, Director of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Attila Ledényi, Director of Art Market Budapest.
Our guests will be welcomed by Vince Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Ambassador to Austria and Balázs Csuday, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna.