The silk road of yesteryear is undergoing a revival in a global world. The Viennese Modernism of the beginning of the previous century is unthinkable without Japonism. As Adolf Loos put it: Modern architecture is Japanese culture plus European tradition. Rudolf Steiner laid the groundwork with his East-West Congress in Vienna. Building upon this, Joseph Beuys realised the concept of Eurasia in objects, with the shepherd’s staff serving as one of its symbols. The pen and ink art of the Zen masters and the Art Informel characteristics of ceramic surfaces represent major precursors to the art of the West. The reduction to the simplest form, to the object, is one of the foundations of the artistic statements of Marcel Duchamp, and a reflection of the philosophy and artistic composition of the East. (J. Hummel)

Ost-West Dialog

Works of Asian Art
Joseph Beuys, Günter Brus, John Cage, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Heinz Frank, Franz Graf, Josef Hoffmann, Kurt Kren, Bertold Löffler, Erich Mallina, Adolphe Monticelli, Otto Muehl, Bruce Nauman, Hermann Nitsch, Nam June Paik, Arnulf Rainer, Man Ray, Katharina Razumovsky, Thomas Redl, Song Jing, Rudi Stanzel, Leopold Stolba, Franz West, Heimo Zobernig

Publication Release FRANZ WEST. WORKS 1970–1985: Collection Hummel. Years spent together, 2018.

Cover of the Publication FRANZ WEST. WORKS 1970–1985: Collection Hummel. Years spent together, Vienna, Schlebrügge.Editor 2018