David Hockney in Vienna

David Hockney's 'Renaissance Head' travels from Lisbon to Vienna for the exhibition 'David Hockney: INSIGHTS', to run from February to June 2022.
David Hockney, 'Renaissance Head' (detail), 1963. Inv. PE216

David Hockney: INSIGHTS is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the English artist in Austria. Held in partnership with the Tate and curated by Bettina M. Busse, Veronika Rudorfer and Helen Little (Tate), this exhibition shall be presented between 10 February and 19 June at the Kunstforum Wien in the Austrian capital.

The exhibition explores the work Hockney has developed over the more than 60 years of his artistic career, focusing on the themes of landscape, portrait and the nude, and relating these to his personal experience with homosexuality, with his country of origin England, and with the west coast of California, where he has lived since the 1960s.

The CAM is associated with this exhibition through its loan of the work Renaissance Head, produced in 1963 after a trip to the United States on which Hockney met Andy Warhol As its title indicates, this work invokes Renaissance iconography, subverting academic style with a more naive and childlike approach, intensifying the use of colour.

This painting travels directly from CAM’s exhibition of its British Art Collection at the Casa das Histórias – Paula Rego, Lisbon, from 7 October 2021 to 30 January 2022, to join, in Vienna, a selection of works mainly from the Tate, including The First Marriage (1962), Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy (1970-1971) and My Parents (1977). The exhibition also includes a selection of works on paper. 


David Hockney, 'Renaissance Head', 1963. Inv. PE216
Updated on 09 february 2022

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