The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism and are living legend. For more than half a century, the painters of the Fantastic Realism have been an internationally recognized phenomenon of Austrian art with a special focus on Vienna. It was a powerful force within the Austrian art having many diverse manifestations and expressions.
The Vienna Fantastics have an important place in the European and international context of art, not only by their influential effect, but also from teaching almost forgotten traditional painting techniques.
The Fantastic Art Museum at Palais Palffy in Vienna, is the result of close cooperation between the Österreichischen Kulturzentrum (Austrian Cultural Center) and Gerhard Habarta (Lexicon of Fantastic Artists). It will showcase the different trends in Fantastic Art since the beginning of the 19th Century to the present. Precursors such as Franz Sedlacek and Alfred Kubin to contemporaries such as Arnulf Rainer, Hundertwasser and Maria Lassnig. The Viennese School with Arik Brauer, Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner, Wolfgang Hutter, Fritz Janschka and Anton Lehmann are presented in a separate area. There are further rooms for the Vienna visionaries like Kurt Regschek, Peter Proksch and De Es Schwertberger and the so called Next generation, of national and international artists in the field of Fantastic Art.
The museum is on three floors. The ground floor has a spacious entrance hall, the museum shop, and a museum restaurant is planned.
The first floor houses the museum gallery with a unique environment that constantly shows special exhibitions in conjunction with the Fantastic Art Museum.
The upper floor is home to the visionaries Museum, the exhibition is in contrast to the traditional museum presentation is not designed as a cool minimalist ordination hall, but consists of designed spaces. They present not only the valuable art objects, but also the time and environment in which they arise. The collective as well as the individual personalities of the artists will be felt by the visitor. In addition to works from its own collection and permanent loan documents and portraits of the artists.
Also located in the building will be the library and the International Fantastic Artist Archive, which will be available for research purposes.
Artists, politicians and associations from around the world applaud theestablishment of a Fantastic Art Museum in Vienna, the home of Fantastic Realism, as a long overdue and necessary step to acknowledge the importance of the visionary artists for Austria and the international art scene.
The museum is designed as a living institution that will host exhibitions, tours, events and educational activities, making it far more than just a standard museum. This fantastic museum in Vienna is set to become the international benchmark in Fantastic Art as a focal point for artists, culture and art lovers.
Preparations have already been under way for months, with the renovation work scheduled to be completed in December 2010. We can all look forward to the first events in the new visionaries Museum in Vienna!