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Oskar Fischinger
20th Century Modern German avant-garde Painter, filmmaker
German, (June 22, 1900–February 1, 1967) Oskar Fischinger was born in Germany and at age fourteen was apprenticed to an organ builder. Music was always a significant component of his art. In the early 1920s, Fischinger took up filmmaking and completed abstract films synchronized to jazz, Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Verdi and Mozart. In his films, he created abstract visual metaphors for musical experiences. Like Kandinsky, Fischinger explored ideas of art based on the premise that stimuli in one sense provoke corresponding sensations in another sense. Fischinger, like Kandinsky and Moholy-Nagy spent the 1920s in the quest of a new visual language. Fischinger left Germany in 1936 because of Nazi suppression of the arts, and moved to California for a job at Paramount, then MGM and Disney, where he suggested the concept for Fantasia. Fischinger met with disappointment in movie studio production and retreated into his studio to paint. He considered himself primarily a filmmaker and thought of his paintings as studies for films. By 1967, he had painted 750 oil paintings and all in the United States.
Death
February 1, 1967, Los Angeles, California

Exhibition History
2006 - 2010: "The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America," The Hammer Museum, Universoty of California, Los Angeles, California; Philips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
2008: "Oskar Fischinger, Optical Poetry," Film Screening, May 25, 2008, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2008: "Thirty Years of California Modernism," September 25 - December 31, 2008, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2007: "Animated Painting," San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California
2007: "Oskar Fischinger: Movement and Spirit," Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri
2006 "Driven to Abstraction," Riverside Museum of Art, Riverside, California
2006: "Oskar Fischinger, Film Screening," June 30 - July 2, 2006, Tate Modern, London, England
2005: "Oskar Fischinger: Motion Paintings," March 11 - April 30, 2005, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2005: Goethe Institute, Washington D.C.
2005: "Visual Music," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
2004: "Sons et Lumières," Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2002: Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California
2000: "Made in California," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
2000: Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
1998: "Oskar Fischinger: Optical Poetry," April 17 - May 30, 1998, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California
1996: "On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art," Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California
1996: "Oskar Fischinger: Optical Poetry," October 26 - November 29, 1996, Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles, California
1995: "Post-Surrealism, Abstraction & Fantasy," July 15 - August 12, 1995, Tobey C. Moss Gallery Annex, Los Angeles, California
1994: Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State College, Los Angeles, California
1994: "A Retrospective of Paintings and Films by Oskar Fischinger, 1900-1967," November 1 - December 15, 1994, Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles, California
1993 - 1994: "Optische Poesie," December 16, 1993 - April 3, 1994, Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany
1992 - 1993: "Theme and Improvisation: Kandinsky and the American Avant-Garde 1912- 1950," Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio; Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, Illinois; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
1990 - 1992: "Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists 1920-1956," Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California; Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas; Nora Eccles Harrison Art Museum, Utah State University, Logan, Utah; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California
1991: "Oskar Fischinger: Light, Space and Rhythm," January 27 - February 28, 1991, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1990: Galerie Kroner, Wiesbaden, Germany
1990: "Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists 1920 - 1956," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
1988: "Oskar Fischinger (1900 - 1967), A Retrospective," September 20 - October 18, 1988, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1986: "Aspects of California Modernism 1920 - 1950," January 29 - March 26, 1986, Federal Reserve Board, Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1985: "Oskar Fischinger: Experiments with Animation," Cambridge Animation Festival, Cambridge, United Kingdom
1983: "Optische Poesie," Deutches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany
1982: "Oskar Fischinger: Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors," October 5 - November 12, 1982, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1982: "L'Art du Cinema Animation," The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1980: Gallery 609, Denver, Colorado
1977: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
1976: "California Painting and Sculpture: The Modern Era," San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California
1973: Occidental College Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
1971: Goethe Center, San Francisco, California
1971: The Egg and the Eye Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1966: Drew Gallery, Pasadena, California
1965: American City Bank, Los Angeles, California
1963 - 1964: Ernest Raboff Gallery, Hollywood, California
1963: Dickson Art Center, University of California, Los Angeles, California
1961: Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California
1959: Pasadena Art Museum (Norton Simon Museum), Pasadena, California
1956: Pasadena Art Museum (Norton Simon Museum), Pasadena, California
1953: "The World of Oskar Fischinger," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
1952: "Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1951: Frank Perls Gallery, Beverly Hills, California
1951: "Contemporary Painting in the United States," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1950: Forsythe Gallery, Hollywood, California
1949: Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, California
1949: "California Centennial Exhibition," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1947: Grand Prix, Brussels Exhibition, Belgium
1947: "Abstract and Surrealist American Art," Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1945: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
1940: Stendhal Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1938: Karl Nierendorf Gallery, New York, New York
1938: Phillip C. Boyer Gallery, New York, New York
1937: "Entartete Kunst' (Exhibition of Degenerate Art)," Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
1934: Special Prize, "Komposition in Blau," Venice Biennial, Italy

Collections
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, University of Utah, Logan, Utah
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
La Jolla Museum of Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), La Jolla, California
Cinematheque Canadienne, Saint Laurent, P. Q., Canada
British Film Institute, London, England
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France
Film Institute, Zurich, Swizerland
Danish Film Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Deutsche Film Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Work History
1950: Invented the Lumigraph, a device for playing light images
1941: Work with Orson Welles, Los Angeles, California
1939: Work on Walt Disney's "Fantasia," Los Angeles, California
1936: Paramount Pictures, Hollywood, California
1933: Color Filmmaker, Assisted with the invention of the Gaspar Color process
1930: Created Film with sound
1921: Invents a wax film cutting machine, a primitive form of computer animation.
1916: Draftsman, Office of City Architect Goepfert, Geinhausen, Germany
1915: Apprentice organ builder, Germany

Education
1922: Mechanical Engineering, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Born
June 22, 1900, Geinhausen, Germany


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