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Art for all – Albertina Vienna

The colour woodblock print in Vienna ca. 1900

With an exhibition on the colour woodblock print around 1900, the Albertina is showcasing a printing process that is one of the world’s oldest and was rediscovered during the late 19thcentury. (19.10.2016 - 22.01.2017)
A special role in its revival was played by artists of the Vienna Secession including Carl Moll, Emil Orlik, and Kolo Moser, who raised the technique to an entirely new level. Alongside formal innovations such as the stylisation of surfaces and lines and the employment of colour contrasts, all of which were significant factors in the development of a modern pictorial language, this presentation also sheds light on the socio-political dimension of the colour woodblock print, the reproducibility and easy availability of which rendered it a form of “art for all”. (Text: Albertina Vienna)