Marc Adrian | i |
last name: Adrian
first name: Marc
birthday: December 4, 1930
birth-place: Vienna (Austria)
death date: February 5, 2008
died in: Vienna (Austria)

Since the 1950s, Marc Adrian has been experimenting with a variety of artistic media. He belongs to the first postwar generation of Austrian avant-garde filmmakers who developed ‘structuralist films’. He was particularly interested in problems of visual semantics in pictures, objects, texts, and films. He was a member of the New Tendencies movement (Zagreb 1961 to 1973). In 1969, he won an award at the computer art contest of Tendencies 4 (the “New” had meanwhile been dropped from the name). His films of the 1950s and 1960s show traces “in which the dimension of time is brought to bear on minimalist space structures which were sought in the visual arts at the time” (Thomas Rothschild). – Adrian has since 1965 switched his residency between Austria, Germany, Italy, France, and the USA.



1948–1954 Studies Sculpture at the Vienna Academy of Visual Arts (1948 first sculptural works)
1961 Founding member of ‘New Tendencies’, Zagreb (Yugoslavia, now Croatia)
1965 Studies Perceptual Psychology at the University of Vienna (Austria)
1970–1973 Professor of Painting and Aesthetic Theory at the Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg (Germany)
1980–1981 Works at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (USA)
1987–1988 Visiting Professor for Visual Communication at University of Kassel (Germany)
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