Our installation crew is busy today replacing light-sensitive works on paper in the exhibition Natural Unnatural Supernatural with a selection of new works.
So gone are the prints and drawings that went on view in March. In their place are works by Jeff Koons, Gabor Peterdi, David Bates, Mary Frank, Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel, Katherine Schmidt, and Leo Meissner, as well as Hawai‘i artists Tadashi Sato, Reuben Tam, Russell Davidson, Charles W. Bartlett, and William Twigg-Smith.
One of the new works is Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel’s Head of a Tiger, pictured above.
Here is exhibition curator James Jensen’s label for the print:
Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel was active designer in the circle of the Wiener Werkstatte in early 20th-century Vienna. Influenced by Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, Jungnickel for a time experimented with figural works, but most of his work, and that for which he is best known today, are animal subjects. Head of Tiger was one of a portfolio of ten color woodcuts that Jungnickel did in 1909, for which he earned a prize at the International Art Exhibition in Rome in 1911.
Jungnickel wrote in 1926, “Through animals one sees deep, because they are the highest form of nature, mankind included. For us, the animal is the bridge to greater nature.” In 1939 Jungnickel was among the artists whose art the Nazis branded “degenerate”, and Jungnickel emigrated to Yugoslavia. He remained there until 1952, when he returned to Austria to receive the Preis der Stadt Wien für Bildende Kunst (Vienna Prize for Visual Art) acknowledging his artistic accomplishments.