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Crossing borders from the Danube to the Humber


We invite you on this artistic journey from the Danube to the Humber, to discover the outstanding work of Alfred Gruber and his artistic friends. Our story begins at art school in Linz, with Gruber’s first taste of 'degenerate’ modern art. From Austria, we travel to Switzerland, where this exceptional artist worked with celebrated architects and artists including Jean Arp. He was mentor to the young David Weiss, who established aDanube n international reputation with the artistic duo Fischli/Weiss. While in the turbulent year of 1968, Gruber experienced the elation and despair that accompanied Prague Spring, forming friendships with Czech artists Jiří Kolář, Čeněk Pražák and Jan Švankmajer. Finally, to East Yorkshire where, alongside the sculptor Jacqueline Stieger, he built a workshop and foundry.

Image: Jan Švankmajer, Table XIV, c.1968. Private collection. Photo: R&R Studio Ltd.

Accompanied by an online exhibition

You can view further information and view photos from some of the exhibition's artworks on our online exhibition.

View Crossing borders: From Danube to the Humber online exhibition
Sat, 9 Apr 2022 - Sat, 2 Jul 2022
Treasure HouseChampney RoadBeverleyHU17 8HEView venue