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October 24 - November 6, 2014 | Exhibition | YEARNING : SEHNSUCHT

  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court, NW Washington, DC, 20008 USA (map)


Yearning is an expression that can refer both to the past and the future. If that yearning is directed into the past, it is perceived as being a search for an origin, to gain certainty about one’s roots. If yearning is forward-looking, it is experienced as a driving force to get somewhere–to another person, to a different position, or to a foreign country. It shapes a person’s feelings and thoughts, his or her attitude towards the rest of the world, indeed, the individual’s face. And it is exactly these faces that painter Oskar Stocker presents in his “Yearning: Sehnsucht” exhibition: Styrian women and men, who for various reasons once left their native country to seek and find their fortunes abroad, but who in their hearts have always yearned for their home country.

“You never long’d and lov’d / You know not grief like mine.” In these few brief words, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe reminds us what yearning can often mean for us: a desire and a hope that inevitably involves pain. Examples include yearning for a loved one or missing a place which one has come to love.

Anyone who ventures into a different, perhaps faraway world in the course of his life, hardly ever does so without careful consideration or without looking back. The exhibition “Yearning” sets out to reflect different senses of yearning and the complex worlds of emotion that they entail: melancholy and cheerful expectation, pain at what has passed and joy at what is yet to come.

One could say that Oskar Stocker regards the human face as a landscape that has been marked by numerous different influences and happenings.

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The Exhibition will be open from October 24 - November 6, 2014
Mon - Thu: 9:30 am - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008

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