Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn, Fußballspiel, Lissabon, 1939 © Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn
Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn, Vor dem Kino, Cinelândia, Rio de Janeiro, 1946 © Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn
Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn, Gastgarten im Schnee, Wien, 1938 © Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn
Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn, Karneval, Rio de Janeiro, 1949 © Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn
Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn, Europäische Einwanderer am Eingang zum Flüchtlingskomplex Ilha das Flores, Rio de Janeiro, 1949 © Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn
The photographer Kurt Klagsbrunn, born in Vienna in 1918, captured modern life in Brazil from 1939 until the 1970s. He photographed the parties of the wealthy and the leisure activities of the common people. His subjects were prominent personalities like Orson Welles or Evita Perón, but also freshly married young women throwing their bridal bouquets, shoeshine boys on the boulevards or dreamy coffee drinkers. This son of a coal merchant and football functionary from Floridsdorf had actually wanted to become a doctor, but had to change careers after fleeing from Austria in 1938 and build a new life in exile. He chose his youthful hobby and quickly evolved from being a self-taught amateur to a pioneer of social photography. Apart from fashion, lifestyle, and industrial photographs, he documented the development of Brazil and recorded the building of the new capital Brasilia. Kurt Klagsbrunn died in Rio de Janeiro in 2005.
Since then, his estate, including over 250,000 negatives, has been managed by his nephew Victor Klagsbrunn. In 2017, he donated some of this estate – letters, notes, photos, and other mementos of the life of the Klagsbrunn family in Floridsdorf and their escape to Rio – to the Jewish Museum Vienna. The exhibition presents this donation and a selection of his works from exile in Brazil.
Exhibition run: 05.12.2018–19.05.2019
Opening: 04.12.2018, 7 p.m.
Curator: Andrea Winklbauer
Participating artist: Kurt Klagsbrunn
Jüdisches Museum Wien
Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Direktlink zu: http://www.jmw.at/de/exhibitions/das-auge-brasiliens-kurt-klagsbrunn
T +43 1 535 04 31
Sun – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Adults 12 Euro
Reduced 10 Euro
Students up to 27 years 8 Euro
Conscripts, Zivildiner 8 Euro
Children up to 18 years Free
04.04.2019, 5 p.m.: Guided tour with the curator
Guided tour with curator Andrea Winklbauer (DE)
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