"Veil of Agnes" by Arnulf Rainer
With the work "Schleier der Agnes" (The Veil of Agnes) by Arnulf Rainer, the Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is continuing the covering of the Ringturm with large-scale artwork. The work can still be seen on the façade of the Ringturm until the middle of September. This year’s art campaign, which can be seen from afar, is the seventh time it has been held. From September 3, Vienna’s Albertina shows important stages in Arnulf Rainer’s complex creativity in a comprehensive exhibition of his work. The Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is supporting this exhibition as sponsor.
Arnulf Rainer was born in 1929 in Baden bei Wien. Uncontested, he is one of Austria's most important contemporary artits. He is the founder of Art Informel in Austria, and his ‘overpaintings’, developed in the 1950s, made his name well beyond Austria's borders, and cemented his fame among fellow international artists. His committed search for new approaches to painting and his constant development of painterly strategies, accompanied by performative works and extensive writing, has led to Arnulf Rainer becoming one of the most influential living artists of our day.
On Monday, 16 June, the official opening event to mark the wrapping of the Ringturm with Arnulf Rainer’s Veil of Agnes design was attended by Margit Fischer, wife of the Austrian president, Josef Ostermayer, Federal Minister for Arts, Culture, Constitution and Public Service, Erwin Pröll, Governor of Lower Austria and Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna. Also attended by the artist, the event celebrated the traditional links between Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein and Klosterneuburg Monastery.