The Tiroler Kuenstler*schaft turns 70 and celebrates this anniversary with a membership issue, trying a positioning of the Association. Your dynamic story serves as a foil for questions about its role and function of current artistic creation.

The Tiroler Kuenstler*schaft stands in the tradition of the art associations, as they emerged in the German-speaking countries of the bourgeois emancipation movement of the 19th century. It provides artists resources and represents their cultural, economic and social interests. Through its exhibition and event activities it opens space for the presentation of and engagement with contemporary art.

In her dissertation, associations and groupings Tyrolean artist in the 20th century in 1980, the art historian and long-time managing director of the artist explained * Community, Sieglinde brain that the Tyrolean Association of Professional Association of Austrian Artists in its early days the “character of an economic emergency alliance” had. Because membership was a prerequisite for the purchase of food coupons. Thus, in 1946 not only launched an initiative to promote the arts in Tirol from this life, but also a community of interest, which was for many artists of existence securing relevance.

Today artists are faced with other challenges as 1946. Between local roots and international orientation, shared living, working and staging – especially the younger generation – they often work in precarious conditions.

Given a globalized art field and the exploitation interests of oriented competitive art market appear artists associations in new stress ratios. Accordingly, the role of the Tyrolean artist * society has become more complex – as advocacy that connects, represents, distributes, mediated and negotiated.

Based on the history of the club, the curators, members of the Artists * shaft for submission of existing and new artistic works invited. Questions about the function of the association as well as wishes, criticisms and proposals for change for the future of the institution formed as the foundation. give responses or answers, alongside selected art projects, personal statements by members, which rest as postcards in the exhibition.

A time course, which connects the two exhibition spaces visually in the New Gallery and the Art Pavilion, highlighted key moments of the eventful history of the artist * Community. In dialogue with the artistic works, this results in conclusions for the present situation of artists in general and of the association in particular.

Some of the artistic works in the exhibition explore the history of the Tyrolean artist * Community. Their existence securing function (Niederkircher & Prantauer, Baumüller) also plays a role as the autobiographical context (Krautgasser, solstice) and the tension between artistic vanguard and the Nazi regime (Dertnig). More artists are devoted to a historical and contemporary perspective the work and exhibition conditions of women (Cibulka, Fidler, Sonnewend & Sonnewend & Redl-Manhartsberger). form the structural and functional logics of art institutions, their links with the public and the public space (Eder, jöchlTRAGSEILER, guitarist, Kargl, Nitsche, Obholzer, Strasser) and their dialogue function as switching and networking instances (Capellari, Ziegler, Kircher-Liner) other topics of the exhibition. Furthermore, regionalism and the alpine area the subject of artistic investigation, not without referring to recovery economies of artistic production (Alpine Gothic, Lüth). Tinzl & Flunger finally visualize that history can not be conceived linearly, but is always a construction that has “now time to focus.”

Georgia Wood and Barbara Mahlknecht

Alpine Gothic, Patrick Baumüller, Wolfgang Capellari, Katharina Cibulka, Carola Dertnig, Othmar Eder, Lizzy Fidler, jöchlTRAGSEILER, Michael Kargl, Susanne Kircher-Liner, Stefan Klampfer, Annja Krautgasser, Andrea Lüth, Gerald Kurdoğlu Nitsche, Michaela Niederkircher & Christine S. Prantauer, Simona Obholzer, Maria Peters, Annette Sonnewend & Sigrid Sonnewend & Brigitte Redl-Manhartsberger, Michael Strasser, Johanna Tinzl & Stefan Flunger, Michael Ziegler

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