The Nordico Stadtmuseum dedicates to Auguste Kronheim a great retrospective which pulls together original drawings and several series of woodcuts dating from more than fifty years of creative work.
Auguste Kronheim was born in Amsterdam, but moved to Upper Austria as a child. Having studied with Paul Ikrath at the Graphics Section of the Bundesgewerbeschule in Linz, she continued her studies of the woodcut with Hanns Kobinger. Between 1964 and 1966 she lived with her children on a small island in Ireland. She documented the islanders’ life, shaped as it was by tradition and myths. In 1970 Kronheim moved to Vienna, where she made several series of woodcuts on sociocritical themes. One such series, entitled “Hell wie der lichte Tag” [As bright as the day], focusses on the wishes and dreams of an assembly-line worker in a light bulb factory. The series “Begleiterscheinungen” [Side Effects] foregrounds drastic events of a sort not uncommon in villages in the Mühlviertel at the time. From the 1980s, Kronheim directed her attention increasingly to drawings and watercolours with subjects taken from nature and to self-portraits. With this exhibition, which features more than 180 works on paper, the Nordico Stadtmuseum pays homage to the oeuvre of an outstanding Austrian artist.
Curator: Brigitte Reutner
Exhibition architecture: Caramel Architekten