Christian Ludwig Attersee

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Christian Ludwig Attersee , actually Christian Ludwig (* 28. August 1940 in Bratislava ) is an Austrian painter of Pop art , stage designers , musicians , writers and sailors (3-time Austrian national champion).


Christian Ludwig, born in Slovakia , came to Austria in 1944. He spent his youth in Aschach near Linz and on the Attersee in Upper Austria. As a successful Austrian sailing athlete, he won numerous international regattas . Between 1957 and 1962 he was Austrian national champion three times.

From 1951 he began to write short novels, write songs, draw comics and design stage sets. He quickly had to give up his desire to become an opera singer, because due to an illness he lost a large part of his hearing in childhood. From 1957 Ludwig studied stage architecture at the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna and in 1959 he studied painting with Eduard Bäumer , which he successfully completed in 1963.

Between 1963 and 1965 he created his first series of pictures, “Weather Images” and “Rainbow Anomalies”. Since the mid-1960s he has been friends with the protagonists of the Wiener Aktionismus group , with whom he also collaborates at times. Among them in particular Günter Brus , Hermann Nitsch and Gerhard Rühm , in whose actions he also participated. With his first so-called "object inventions" in the field of eroticism and everyday life, he made a name for himself in European Pop Art between 1964 and 1966. The object inventions typical for him such as "food ball", "food blue" or the "atter stick" were created.

In 1965 he moved to Berlin and showed his first exhibition there. From 1966, Ludwig took on the stage name Christian Ludwig Attersee , alluding to his time at the Attersee .

He spent 1971/72 with a DAAD scholarship in West Berlin . It was there that the cycle “Sailing Sport” was created, and Attersee has since become one of the most diverse artists in Austria.

Artistic development

Initially close to object and action art , he endeavored to develop a new form of total work of art by integrating music, language, photography, film etc. (examples of object inventions are "food ball" and "food blue", the "object vagina", " Prosthetic alphabet "," Attersteck "and" Saliva tint "). Later, drawings and panel paintings (mostly in acrylic painting ) on the subjects of sexuality and experience of nature become characteristic of him. One example is the provocative “Children's Room Triptych” from 1971, for which he was inspired by a picture book illustration by Fedor Flinzer . He sees himself as "the great loner of Austrian art of the 60s, [as] the antithesis to Viennese Actionism [and in] the second half of the 70s [... as ...] the founding figure of 'New Austrian Painting'."

His works are characterized by a figural-symbolic style, bright colors and dynamic brushstrokes. Frequently ambiguous associations and fantasies of an - just as individualistic as well as very Austrian - view of things with a tendency to sexual parody. Often the frame is also included in the work or text elements are embedded in the representation.

Glass mosaic facade (1996) Mariahilfer Strasse 78–80, Vienna 7th district

His exhibitions are mostly designed as productions with music and literature, sometimes together with artist friends. In 1984 he represented Austria at the Venice Biennale. In 1985 Attersee published his LP "Songs of Weather and Love". In 1986 the design of Vienna's first champagne ball in the concert hall followed and in 1987 a ship swing for André Heller's “Luna Luna fairground”. With the facade of the Attersee-Haus on Vienna's Mariahilfer Straße , which he designed in 1996 and a commercial building of an international textile chain, he designed the 210 square meter mosaic "Weather Merchant", the largest glass mosaic in Europe. In 2006 he wrapped the Vienna Ringturm in foil for six weeks . In November 2007, the 220 square meter indoor mosaic “Reichtum Erde” was completed in the Federal Geological Institute in Vienna. Attersee is one of the most internationally acclaimed Austrian artists.

In 1990 Attersee was appointed as an associate professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna for the “master class for experimental design”. From 1992 he was given the "master class painting, animation film and tapestry" as a full professor. He taught at the University of Applied Sciences until 2009. He also taught at the International Summer Academy for Fine Arts in Salzburg .

Attersee is a member of the IG Bildende Kunst (Vienna) and the Künstlerhaus Vienna in the painter section.


Christian Ludwig Attersee is married to the head of the Bank Austria Kunstforum , Ingried Brugger . He lives and works in Vienna and Semmering as well as in Sankt Martin an der Raab in Burgenland. Since 1996 he has traditionally been donating the poster for the FIS women's ski races at his place of work, Semmering. The poster motif for 2018 caused a scandal because it shows the artistic representation of a naked skier and was sexist and was subsequently withdrawn by the organizer WSV Semmering.



  • 1965: Berlin (first exhibition)
  • 1977: documenta 6 in Kassel
  • Early 1980s: “Attersee Werksquer” exhibition in various museums and art houses in Austria and Germany
  • 1984: Venice Biennale, design of the "Austrian and first international pavilion"
  • 1987: Austrian contemporary artists: works on paper; Kermer Collection, Stuttgart , Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
  • 1993: Retrospective solo exhibitions at the Gemeente Museum in The Hague
  • 1996: Realism as a method , Essl Museum - Contemporary Art in Klosterneuburg / Vienna
  • 1997: Large retrospective in the graphic collection of the Albertina in Vienna
  • 1997: Utopia and Weltschmerz - works on paper , Essl Museum - contemporary art in Klosterneuburg / Vienna
  • 2002: Extensive retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
  • 2005: Christian Ludwig Attersee. Large retrospective with works from the last 5 years at the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna
  • 2005: Figure and Reality. How Austrian painters are transforming the world . Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck / Austria
  • 2006: superstars . Kunstforum Wien and Kunsthalle Wien
  • 2006: Attersee: Love - The House - The Ring . Museum Würth , Künzelsau. (Extended exhibition of the 2005 retrospective at the Bank Austria Kunstforum.)
  • 2011: Festival of Animals . Essl Museum , Klosterneuburg / Vienna

Stage design activities (selection)

Catalog raisonné

  • Peter Gorsen : Attersee - Catalog raisonné 1963–1994 . Residence, Salzburg 1994.


  • Christian Ludwig Attersee, Das Draufhausen - International Art Fair Basel 1977, Galerie Krinzinger (ed.), Innsbruck 1977.
  • Christian Ludwig Attersee, Young Water - selection of works 1986, Galerie Krinzinger and Galerie Curtze, Düsseldorf (Hg), Vienna 1986.
  • Alfred Weidinger: Attersee - Biographical sentences on sailing . In: Christian Ludwig Attersee - Segelsport, 1951–2006. Edition Anteros, Vienna 2006, pp. 7-21, ISBN 3-85340-022-1

Web links

Commons : Christian Ludwig Attersee  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g h i biography, website of Christian Ludwig Attersee. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  2. a b c d e f g h i j website Christian Ludwig Attersee from Art Directory. Information portal for art and culture. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  3. a b Entry on Christian Ludwig Attersee in the Austria Forum  (biography) accessed on November 7, 2011
  4. a b c d e f g h Christian Ludwig Attersee turns 70 on , August 28, 2010. Accessed on August 28, 2010.
  5. ^ Information from "Journal 21" (general information about Journal 21 ) on the occasion of the Attersee exhibition there in early 2019: . In the article written by Thomas Mießgang, the painter is quoted as follows (p. 31): "One ear works with a hearing aid, the other is off."
  6. ^ List of scholarship holders on the website of the DAAD's Berlin Artists' Program . Retrieved January 23, 2010.
  7. See Fedor Bochow: Flinzer, Fedor Alexis, in: Saur Allgemeine Künstlerlexikon. The visual artists of all times and peoples, Vol. 41, Munich / Leipzig 2004, 254–256.
  8. ^ "Songs of Weather and Love", Attersee Archive Vienna, September 1985. Design, text, music, singing and piano from Attersee.
  9. ^ Excitement about the poster for the Semmering race , ORF-Online from December 16, 2018
  10. Poster for Ski World Cup at Semmering withdrawn after protests. In: daily newspaper Kurier. Retrieved December 19, 2018 .
  11. ^ Christian Ludwig Attersee: Pug bra, dog fur stool and badge of honor . Article dated February 1, 2019, accessed February 1, 2019.
  12. ^ Austrian contemporary artists: works on paper; Kermer Collection, Stuttgart . Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, May 19 to June 13, 1987. [Foreword: Magdalena Hörmann; Catalog editing: Wolfgang Kermer ] Innsbruck: Galerie im Taxispalais, 1987, pp. 6-7 m. Fig.
  13. Exhibition information ( Memento of the original from July 14, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on the website Kunstforum Wien . Retrieved June 11, 2014.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /