Faculty Response:
Arnulf Rainer turned nine years old in 1938, when Nazi Germany annexed Austria, homeland to both Rainer and Hitler. In the same year, the Nazis staged massive exhibitions of so-called “Degenerate” and “Great German” art. As a young person, Rainer lived through this period in which art that was not propaganda was dangerous. Rainer wanted to make that kind of art, the kind that encouraged people to interrogate what they saw rather than simply accept it as truth without question. He drew on images just to show that you could, that you could own them instead of letting them own you. Kirsten Strom Department of Visual and Media Arts
Current Location:
Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts -> Art Gallery - Room 1121 (PAC)
Location Notes:
PAC; Lobby Area Display Case

William Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Art ➔ Flame or Obstinacy

Artwork
Medium:
Wax Crayon on Photograph
Date:
1970
Description:
Graphite/pencil portrait marred with streaks and symbols made with orange, yellow, red, brown, black crayon.
Historical Context:
"Arnulf Rainer turned nine years old in 1938, when Nazi Germany annexed Austria, homeland to both Rainer and Hitler. In the same year, the Nazis staged massive exhibitions of so-called “Degenerate” and “Great German” art. As a young person, Rainer lived through this period in which art that was not propaganda was dangerous. Rainer wanted to make that kind of art, the kind that encouraged people to interrogate what they saw rather than simply accept it as truth without question. He drew on images just to show that you could, that you could own them instead of letting them own you." - Kirsten Strom, GVSU Department of Visual and Media Arts