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Navratil's Artist Guestbook at Gugging

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until February 14, 2018

Following the exhibition and catalogue, "navratil’s artist guest book.!", which took place at museum gugging in 2015, artworks from the psychiatrist’s artist guest book are now exhibited at gallerie gugging and available for sale.

From Gugging's website:

Prof. Leo Navratil started to work as a psychiatrist at Gugging in the mid 1950s, where he introduced and applied drawing tests to his patients ten years later. The assignment was to paint a human being with pencil on a postcard sized paper. Soon Navratil noticed special talents in them and started to lead his efforts into an artistically oriented direction. In 1970 the first exhibition of the Gugging Artists took place in the Galerie nächst St. Stephan in Vienna, which was a great success. Many interested parties came, artworks were sold and Navratil began to encourage his “patient-arists” tirelessly. He started to use an art book with glued in, coloured illustrations as a drawing template for the artists of Gugging, such as Johann Hauser or Oswald Tschirtner. Contemporary artists who came for a visit left drawings, texts or inscriptions in the guest book. Some of them drew repeatedly and consistently on the same page at intervals of several years, such as Johann Hauser with his “Rabbits”.

That’s how a unique, authentic document developed, which got filled with original drawings for more than a decade. The specialty of this collection lies not only in the variety of represented artists therein, but also in the mutual influence, that the works exert on each other and in their chronology. These very historically momentous years initiated the future buildup of all the further structures right up to today's gallery and museum gugging.

By means of a collector, who acquired the book from Leo Navratil, it is a great honour to show selected and special works out of it.

galerie gugging
Am Campus 2, A-3400 Maria Gugging, Austria