Gottfried Helnwein: Inferno of the Innocents

January 29 - April 24, 2011

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

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The Murmur of the Innocents 5, 2009
Mixed Media (Oil & acrylic on canvas)
72 x 116 inches
182.9 x 294.6 cm

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Like a modern-day Goya, Gottfried Helnwein’s art addresses themes of inhumanity, violence and the virtue of personal expression. Over more than four decades, the artist has pursued a singular, radical vision realized in monumental paintings and photographs. With stark and probing psychological intensity, he critiques not only the past, but present-day veneers, jolting us from the comfort of complacency. Such confrontations are informed by his upbringing in post-war Vienna, Austria—an experience that fueled the artist’s passion for truth and tolerance. Today, Helnwein immerses himself in our ever-changing cultural landscape, working from his studio in Los Angeles.