OPENING: Western Motel. Edward Hopper and Contemporary Art

2/10 2008 7 pm
Museumsquartier / Halle1

Opening words:
Gerald Matt, Director Kunsthalle Wien
Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science in Vienna
David F. Girard-diCarlo, Ambassador of the United States of America to Austria

The major Hopper exhibition in fall is his year?s highlight: ?With Western Motel. Edward Hopper and Contemporary Art, we present one of the most important representatives of American twentieth-century art in Austria for the first time,? says Director Gerald Matt. According to Wim Wenders, his pictures deal with America not only on the surface, but dig deep into the American dream, radically examining this profoundly American dilemma of appearances and reality.
Only very few artists have depicted the nature of human existence as impressively as Edward Hopper did. He developed a new realist aesthetics regardless of the crucial trends of his time. Outstanding works by Hopper, combined with contemporary art, demonstrate his unbroken topicality.