OTTO ZITKO – Retroprospektiv | LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz

7 June to 15 September 2019

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Thursday 10 am–9 pm
Closed on Mondays (except 10.6. and 9.09.2019)

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz
Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1
4020 Linz

Wednesday, 26 June, 7 pm

Art historian Andreas Spiegl (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) speaks with Otto Zitko about his artistic work. In addition, the catalog for the first time publicly presented.
German only, Costs: museum entry
Registration requested: Teleservice Center of the City of Linz +43 732 7070 or infoatmag [dot] linz [dot] at


The title Otto Zitko has given to his exhibition at the LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Retroprospektiv, refers to the artist’s gaze whose orientation towards the future can only be understood in the light of its development and sharpening in past encounters. This collision between “prospective” and “retrospective” manifests itself in the selection of exhibits which is comprised both of works from the early 1980s and from present production. The majority of works are on loan from various Austrian collections.

Otto Zitko’s oeuvre is punctuated by changes of the picture carriers and of drawing and painting utensils. It comprises early oil-on-canvas paintings executed with bold impasto, fumages, reverse glass paintings, wooden panels, large-format aluminium panels and a great number of site-specific murals. Paper as a picture carrier is omnipresent in Zitko’s entire oeuvre, running through it like a golden thread from early narrative drawings remarkable for the subtlety of their execution to the most recent large-format works with their expressive gestures.

Otto Zitko, born in Linz in 1959, studied at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. He has been awarded a great number of prizes, such as the Msgr.-Otto-Mauer-Preis, the Preis der Stadt Wien für bildende Kunst and the Kulturpreis für bildende Kunst of the Province of Upper Austria.

Curator: Hemma Schmutz

The exhibition is accompanied by a trilingual catalogue (German/English/Spanish), with a comprehensive, enlarged selection of works, a substantive essay by Ulrich Loock and an Introduction by Hemma Schmutz.
260 pages, colour illustrations, € 46,30, Jovis Verlag Berlin.