Herbert Brandl - Nacht im Gestrüpp

Herbert Brandl Nacht im Gestrüpp / night in the undergrowth

Mountains and Landscapes Monotypes 2009/2010

A rare complete Group-block of 10 monothypies out of the ALBERTINA Exhibition in 2009/2010
100 cm x 70cm Monothypies on Zerkall-Bütten 450g/qm


It was in 2009 when Herbert Brandl  for the first time chose the monotype technique for realizing a comprehensive series of works dedicated to the subject of mountains and landscapes. More than 300 works were printed in the lithograph studio Chavanne Pechmann until the summer of 2010. A compelling selection of these fascinating series and single sheets is now presented for the first time at the Albertina, revealing the uncompromising character of Brandl’s both intuitive and processual analytic method of work.

For Herbert Brandl, the monotype method has proved an ideal technique for making his artistic intentions come true. He can develop a series from unique sheets instead of producing an edition of prints and yet integrate the printing process into his work. Brandl’s monotypes result from impulsive strokes and bundles of strokes. Paint is applied and wiped off, the delicate constructs materializing on the sheet within the short moment between their emergence and disappearance.

Since 2000, the artist’s love of and respect for the mountains has repeatedly found its expression besides the motifs suggesting landscapes. Brandl relies on different techniques and formats for exploring his monumental motifs and always transforms his subjects into spaces of color and masses of form. The artist shows himself concerned with his works’ oscillation between the opposites of form and content.

Text with the kind permission by the Albertina


Herbert Brandl, born 1959 in Graz, lives and works in Vienna. 1978 studies at the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna with Peter Weibel and Herbert Tasquil, Professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy 2004-2019. Numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1981, e.g. 1986 Hacken im Eis Kunsthalle Bern and Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts Wien; 1990 Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; 1991 Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Ghent (solo); 1992 documenta IX Kassel; 1993 Der zerbrochene Spiegel Kunsthalle Wien and Deichtorhallen Hamburg; 1998 Herbert Brandl Sezession Secession Wien; 1999 Kunsthalle Basel (solo); 2002 Herbert Brandl Panorama Kunstraum Innsbruck; 2002 There is no last picture. Painting after 1968 Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel; 2005 China return MUMOK Vienna; 2007 Austrian Pavilion La Biennale di Venezia (solo); 2009 Deichtorhallen Hamburg (solo); 2009/2010 Herbert Brandl. Mountains and Landscapes. Monotypes Albertina Vienna; 2010 Painting: Process and Expansion MUMOK Vienna; 2011 Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna (solo); 2012 Abstraction/Figuration, Austrian Contemporary Art, Sochi Art Museum, Sochi; 2013 Gifts to the Ferdinandeum, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum Innsbruck; 2014 Pure Water, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; 2015 Homelandjoe and the holy Bauernmonos, Greith-Haus, St. Ulrich (solo); 2016 Herbert Brandl, Haus der Kunst St. Josef Solothurn; 2016/2017 Schräg bis Vertikal, arlberg1800 Contemporary Art & Concert Hall; 2017 Hyänenpause, Museum Franz Gertsch (solo).
He has had a long and fruitful collaboration with the Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Gallery since Pittura Austriae. Positions from Austria. II/III in 2000, with highly acclaimed publications and solo exhibitions such as Spektrolith 2010, Vulkan, Khyber and Katana 2013, and Sommerschnee 2016, and joint projects, such as the publication and exhibition of the monotypes 2009/2010 at the Albertina or the exhibition with huge formats at the Hospiz am Arlberg 2016/2017. In 2020, Belvedere 21 will dedicate a large personal space to him.