galerie gugging: MELLITIUS.!

galerie gugging: MELLITIUS.!

March 10 – June 12, 2022

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Opening: Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7 pm 

With “MELLITIUS.!”, the galerie gugging invites you to an extraordinary exhibition of works by the world-famous Gugging Artist August Walla, which is entirely dedicated to his passion for food. Exciting rarities of the great master of colours await you. It will be a feast for the eyes!


AYR., August Walla. Object, 50 x 28 x 23.5 cm, © Art Brut KG


The title of the exhibition “MELLITIUS.!” – “in Latin, sacred foreign language”, where mellitius means “honey-sweet”, is borrowed from the title of a work by August Walla. The famous Gugging Artist loved food and enjoyed it to the fullest, whenever and wherever he could. Walla is one of the most internationally renowned Art Brut artists and his works should not be missing in any important exhibition of this art movement.


Tablecloth, August Walla. Acrylic, ballpoint pen, varnish on cotton fabric, 144 x 240 cm, © Art Brut KG


“Food Art” is nothing new in itself. Daniel Spoerri, who shaped “Eat Art” in the 1960s, already curated the exhibition “curated by Daniel Spoerri” in our premises in 2021 and had also chosen works by August Walla for it. Inspired by this, gallery director & curator Nina Katschnig, together with exhibition organiser Irina Katnik, started putting together an exhibition of works around the theme of food. While rummaging through the treasures of our warehouse, it quickly became clear that so many wonderful August Walla food works really cry out for their own exhibition. And this is exactly what happened.


ROLLS, August Walla, 1999. Pencil, coloured pencils, 14.7 x 20.9 cm, © Art Brut KG
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