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Artist: Gottfried Helnwein

Exhibition Name: Gottfried Helnwein – The Murmur of the Innocents


santralistanbul Contemporary Art Museum will present a survey of the work of artist Gottfried Helnwein in the new exhibition “Gottfried Helnwein: The Murmur of the Innocents,” on view from September 12 through October 20, 2011. Organized by the IKSV and santralistanbul, the exhibition features 70 major paintings and photographs from Helnwein’s career. Highlights include his iconic portraits of performer Marilyn Manson, works from his major recurring theme, “The Child,” and his most recent series, “Disasters of War.” “Inferno of the Innocents” is the first museum exhibition to examine Helnwein—who has been based in Los Angeles part-time for nearly 10 years—as a California artist.


Since he began his career in Vienna in the late 1960s, Helnwein has been known for his radical use of the portrait and self-portrait. His photography, paintings, and monumental installations address themes of inhumanity, violence, and the importance of personal expression with stark and probing psychological intensity. Helnwein’s focus on the innocence and wonder of childhood idyll is exemplified in provocatively themed paintings whose forceful imagery is rooted in the artist’s upbringing in post-World War II Vienna. His was a somber childhood overshadowed by a repressed national memory, in which hope was gleaned from American culture, as represented by Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.


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