Close-up of a crying eye
© Foto: Ruth Kaiser © MAN RAY TRUST/Bildrecht, Wien, 2017/18

Multitalent Man Ray

Man Ray (1890-1976) is mainly known for his photographic portraits of artists. In reality, he was and worked far from any kind of categorization. He combined almost all trends in modern art of the early 20th century. He became famous for his so-called "rayographs" of the 1920s: these involved him placing objects between a light-sensitive film, photographic paper or an electronic sensor and a light source and exposing them. However, what today looks like a photo was created without a camera. Almost nobody today any longer knows that Man Ray also painted, drew, designed, made films, designed objects, wrote texts and was a fashion photographer for publications including Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.

An exhibition at the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien recalls Man Ray's versatility. On show are 150 key works from around the world, including paintings, photographs, objects, works on paper, collages and experimental films. "I photograph what I don't want to paint, and I paint what I can't photograph," is how he once expressed his versatility, thereby remaining a puzzlement for many people down to the present day. Just last year, an unusual honor was conferred upon him: a spider found in Cuba was named after him. It is now officially called "Spintharus manrayi".

Man Ray

February 14 to June 24, 2018

Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien

Freyung 8, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
    • 24.12: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. / 31.12: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / 01.01: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        Via ramp
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        At "Freyung" underground garage
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Special tours for the deaf and hard of hearing.

    • Comments

      All rooms accessible without steps (elevator)

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