Golden Days Before They End

Klaus Pichler (Photos), Clemens Marschall (Texts)
Opening 7 September at 7PM
7. September – 6 October 2017


The Solo Exhibition, Golden Days Before They End by Klaus Pichler is the result of a long-term project which the photographer conducted together with the writer Clemens Marschall. The duo were for four years systematically searching for as well as documenting and researching Vienna's vanishing inns, bars and Branntweiner (small drinking venues that open early in the morning) – or as their regulars call them – dens, which due to the effects of urbanization and restrictions are one after another closing their doors. These places, usually hidden for uninvited guests, represent a parallel universe and the last resort for social outsiders. Most customers come here for one purpose only - to get drunk and they often succumb to the consequences of excessive alcohol drinking, often drinking themselves to death. With approval from bar owners and their guests they made their infiltration and the authentic view from the inside possible, and the authors documented their everyday live. Pichler took photos of the guests, their daily routine and all the drama that everyday alcoholic intoxication carries with it. The visual and textual material Pichler and Marschall also presented in their book, Golden Days Before They End which was published by the renowned Swiss publisher Edition Patrick Frey.

Klaus Pichler, photographer, born 1977, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. He focuses on free photo series which have been widely exhibited and published as photo books by publishers like Fotohof, Anzenberger Edition and Edition Patrick Frey. Klaus Pichler is represented by Gallery Anzenberger, Vienna, Austria, and Gallery Rockelmann &, Berlin, Germany.

Clemens Marschall, publicist and cultural researcher, born 1985, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Since 2007 he has worked as a producer and host for the Austrian National Radio Station Ö1, is the founder and editor of the magazine “Rokko’s Adventures“ and has had work published in several magazines and anthologies.