Christian Ludwig Attersee began his multi-talented career in 1951, writing short novels and song lyrics, drawing comics and subsequently worked as a visual artist, musician, author, object creator, designer, set designer and filmmaker.
Attersee’s figurative painting makes him one of the biggest individualists of Austrian art, and his »invented objects« of erotic and daily life (such as »Speisekugel«, »Speiseblau« and »Attersteck«), created between 1964 and 1966, brought him notoriety on the European Pop Art scene.
Starting in the middle of the 1960s, Attersee began a friendship with representatives from the Vienna Group (Wiener Gruppe) and the Vienna Actionism (Wiener Aktionismus), participating in two of their group actions, »Aktionskonzert für Al Hansen« (1966) and the legendary »Zock-Fest« (1967).
His work is characterized by a figurative-symbolic style, glowing colors and dynamic brush strokes, often with double-entendre associations and fantasies from a viewpoint that is just as individualistic as it is very Austrian and with a proclivity for sexual persiflage. The picture frame is frequently included in the work just as text elements are embedded in the image.
Starting in the 1980s, many large projects were created. In 1986 Attersee outfitted Vienna’s first Champagner Ball (Champagne Ball) at the Konzerthaus. In 1987 he created a boat swing for André Heller’s »Luna-Luna-Rummelplatz«. In 1996 he designed a 210-square-meter mosaic front, the Wetterhändler, for a Viennese commercial building which is the largest glass mosaic in Europe. In 2006 Attersee wrapped the Ringturm in Vienna for six weeks with a design inspired by Don Giovanni. In November 2007, the large, 220-square-meter interior mosaic, Reichtum Erde, was finished in the Wiener Geologische Bundesanstalt (Geological Survey of Austria) in Vienna. In spring 2005, Attersee designed a production of Igor Strawinsky’s ballet Petruschka at the Wiener Staatsoper, and in May 2006, a production of the ballet Amadé at the Madlenianum in Belgrade. Attersee outfitted the Erste Liederball des Wiener Männergesangsvereins (First Choral ball put on by the Vienna Men's Choral Society) at the Kursalon in Vienna. In 2008, a production of Richard Strauss’ Salome designed by Attersee (scenery and costume as well) was presented at Theater Bremen. And in 2015, he designed the scenery for the opera Weiße Rose by Udo Zimmermann presented as part of the Bruckner Festival in Linz.
Attersee, »Schampferde, Schönheit«, 1968 ...more
Acrylic, lacquer on primed canvas, 41.34 x 41.34 inches. Collection Klewan. Photo: Courtesy Atelier/Archiv Attersee, Wien; © Christian Ludwig Attersee/Bildrecht, Vienna ...less
Christian Ludwig Attersee, »Gaumenjuchei«, 1976 ...more
Oil, gouache on paper, 24.8 x 35,65 inches. Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, acquired in 1986 Photo: mumok; © Christian Ludwig Attersee/Bildrecht, Vienna ...less
Christian Ludwig Attersee, »Postfrische«, 1979–1981 ...more
Acrylic, lacquer on canvas, 41.34 x 62.99 inches. Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, acquired in 1982. Photo: mumok; © Christian Ludwig Attersee/Bildrecht, Vienna ...less
Christian Ludwig Attersee, »Erste Feuchte« [Primal Moistness], 1992–1993 ...more
Acrylics, lacquer on canvas, 104.33 x 74.8 inches. Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, acquired in 1995; Photo: mumok; © Christian Ludwig Attersee/Bildrecht, Vienna ...less