Josef Fischnaller Prächtig
Cadogan Contemporary is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by the Austrian artist Josef Fischnaller. Fischnaller’s artfully constructed photographs are inspired by the compositional styles of Old Master and Renaissance painters; to these, he incorporates modern clothes, products and affectations, such as playmobil models and body piercings, to give them a wry, contemporary twist.
Past works by the artist have included Blumenkaiser (2009), which he based on Friedrich von Amerling’s Portrait of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (c. 1832). For this, Fischnaller updated the work by having the subject seated on a 1970’s shag pile carpet with a copy of the German lifestyle magazine, Quality, placed satirically at his feet.