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Image: Johann Hauser with a plastic girlfriend, 1987. Photo credit: Mathias Braschler.

Adding further weight to the groaning shelf of publications issued in recent years by the Gugging ‘House of the Artists’, there now appears a festive homage to Johann Hauser (1926- 1996), often seen as the star of the original Gugging group. (1) As artistic director of the Gugging project, Dr Johann Feilacher has masterminded an exciting volume: Johann Hauser. . . I am the artist! It weighs five kilos and runs to 516 pages, with 535 illustrations. (2) It represents the catalogue of the Hauser retrospective, which runs at the Gugging Museum till January 8, 2017.


Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 1926, Johann Hauser knew no father and was maltreated throughout his childhood, living with his mother in a resettlement camp in war-torn Austria until, in 1946, he was officially diagnosed as mentally deficient and designated a ward of the state. In 1949, he entered a mental institution at Klosterneuburg, near Vienna in Lower Austria. (The same institution would later adopt the name of the nearby village of Maria Gugging). The 22-year-old was assigned to a ward for male patients, mostly diagnosed as schizophrenic; luckily, this distinctive social group was the responsibility of an unusual psychiatrist, Dr Leo Navratil.

Read more in Raw Vision 91

Above image: A Fish Lady, 1968. Credit: Collection Leopold.
Below image: Blonde Woman, 1986. Credit: Private Collection, Salzburg


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