Artists / Gallery
Frohner Adolf (Action Art)
Groß-Inzersdorf *1934 - †2007 Vienna
Forum Frohner (Frohner Museum) in Minoritenplatz 4 (Minoritenkloster), 3500 Krems-Stein
In Adolf Frohner's lifetime, the "Forum Frohner" was built in the former Stein Minorite Church in Krems (Austria) as a new exhibition and event venue in the Krems Museums district. It presents Frohner’s complete oeuvre next to other contemporary works by Austrian and foreign artists.
Adolf Frohner was an Austrian painter, sculptor and graphic artist. In 1952 he attended lectures of Herbert Boeckl at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1961 he got a scholarship for Paris where he worked as a freelance artist in the circle of the Nouveaux Réalistes. After his return to Vienna he founded the Viennese Actionism together with Hermann Nitsch and Otto Mühl, but then distanced himself from the actionists and returned to Paris where he worked in the studio of Daniel Spoerri.
Frohner focused on pure painting and drawing. He was concerned with the theme of violence, especially against women.
From the early 1960s on Frohner’s works were shown worldwide, including at the Biennale in Venice (1970) and the artists' house in Vienna (1993). He received numerous awards including the Austrian State Prize in 1972. The same year he was appointed professor at the University of Applied Arts of Vienna, where he taught a masterclass for painting from 1985 to 2005.