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David Hockney, Two Boys in a Pool, Hollywood, 1965, Acryl auf Leinwand, 152,4 x 152,4 cm,  Privatsammlung, Belgien © David Hockney


David Hockney: INSIGHTS

Reflecting the Tate Collection

10.02.2022 - 19.06.2022

David Hockney, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy, 1970–1971, Acryl auf Leinwand, 213,4 x 304,8 cm, Tate: Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971 © David Hockney, Foto: TateDavid Hockney, Man in Shower in Beverly Hills, 1964, Acryl auf Leinwand, 166,4 x 166,4 cm, Tate: Purchased 1980 © David Hockney, Foto: TateDavid Hockney, The First Marriage (A Marriage of Styles I), 1962, Öl auf Leinwand, 182,9 x 214 cm, Tate: Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1963 © David Hockney, Foto: TateDavid Hockney, My Parents, 1977, Öl auf Leinwand, 183 x 183 cm, Tate: Purchased 1981 © David Hockney, Foto: TateDavid Hockney, Study for Doll Boy, 1960, Öl auf Leinwand, 61,2 x 40,5 cm, Tate: Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax on The Estate of Frith Banbury and allocated to the Tate Gallery 2009 © David Hockney, Foto: TateDavid Hockney, In the Studio, December 2017, Tintenstrahldrucke auf Papier,  montiert auf Aluminium (Assistenz: Jonathan Wilkinson), 278,1 x 760,1 cm, Tate: Presented by the artist 2018 © David Hockney, Foto: TateDavid Hockney, George Lawson and Wayne Sleep, 1972–1975, Acryl auf Leinwand, 212,5 x 300,8 cm, Tate: Presented by the artist 2014 © David Hockney, Foto: TateDavid Hockney, The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 29 January, 2011, iPad-Zeichnung, gedruckt auf vier Blatt, Papier, kaschiert auf 4 Blätter Dibond (Auflage 10/10), 245 x 186 cm (gesamt), Vanhaerents Art Collection © David Hockney, Foto: TateDavid Hockney, Felled Trees on Woldgate, 2008, Öl auf zwei Leinwänden, 158,5 x 250 cm (gesamt), Sammlung Würth © David Hockney, Foto: Richard Schmidt

In spring 2022 for the first time in Austria the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is devoting a comprehensive retrospective show to the British artist David Hockney. Hockney, one of the most multifaceted and influential artists of the present day, has been experimenting for more than 60 years with the media of painting, drawing and graphics.

Besides his iconic Swimming Pools the exhibition spotlights Hockney’s precise exploration of the landscape, the portrait and the nude, which always has links to his own biography and identity: thus Hockney shows a constant preoccupation with queer eroticism – and at a time when homosexuality was still a penal offence in Great Britain. In his landscapes Hockney returns time and again to his roots in the North of England; these works often hover at the borderline to representational art and are in charged contrast to the depictions of modernist architecture and clean aesthetic of the American West Coast, a second centre of Hockney’s life. He analyses different forms of expression in an experience of perception oscillating between the concrete and the abstract. With The First Marriage (1962), Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy(1970–1971) and My Parents (1977) several of the artist’s major works are being transferred from the Tate Collection in Great Britain to Vienna.
Furthermore, the show directs a focus onto David Hockney’s comprehensive work in printed graphics, which he has consistently developed ever since the beginning of his artistic career. Milestones in the history of printed graphics will be presented in the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, including the etching cycles A Rake's Progress (1961–1963) and Cavafy (1966).

The exhibition is being organised in cooperation with the Tate.

curated by

Bettina M. Busse

Veronika Rudorfer

Helen Little (Tate)




Helmut Newton


19/10/2022 - 15/01/2023

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