This first major exhibition of photographs and films by Swiss-American artist Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999) in Austria is planned as retrospective with the title New York/Maine as a reference to the two places where most of his works were created. Rudy Burckhardt’s oeuvre is presented parallel to the exhibition Alex Katz. New York/Maine. The artists were close friends and shared not only their interest in both, the metropolitan New York with its characteristic city scapes and the rural landscape of the US-State of Maine, but also their methods of transferring the seemingly ordinary to their respective media.
Rudy Burckhardt’s subject matter oscillates between the two poles “New York“ and “Maine“: He portrays the city not only by classical vedute, but also by choosing close-ups of architectural fragments, capturing the dance-like movement of people in the streets and portraying typical New York citizens. Likewise the photographs of Maine are portraits of an unspoiled landscape again putting a focus on close-ups, natural structures and the observation of the different qualities of daylight and its play with shadows and reflections.
Two bodies of work in his photography — the first one executed between the late 1930s and 1940s, the second in the 1970s to 1990s — are accentuated by an exemplary selection from his more than 100 films and from the portraits of famous artists of his time which he had made for the ARTnews series „... Paints a Picture“ primarily in the 1950s.
With the friendly support of prohelvetia