Door 5: Hallein Hoodie

Ever since our store opened, we wanted to put our hometown Hallein on the map. Our goal was and is to show the uniqueness of the town, but also all the treasures one can find.

It seems to us that finally people more and more understand and appreciate the qualities of Hallein, so we thought it is time to produce some merchandise to spread it even further.

First off is a loose cut hoodie made from 100% cotton, brushed on the inside for an extra soft touch. It features a large patch pocket on the front and color contrasted stitched Hallein logo on the right sleeve.

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Door 4: Luis Barragán

Architecture in times of Instagram is a tricky, often timely matter, as people tend to like or feature things as they appear interesting or likeable on various platforms. An architect, who on the one hand stood the test of time but is still highly insta-friendly, because of his use of bold colors, like millennial pink, is the Mexican architect Luis Barragán.

He was born in GuadalajaraMexico in 1902. Initially he studied engineering at Escuela Libre de Ingenieros in his hometown, he graduated in 1923 and took additional courses to also become an architect. After his graduation he traveled through Europe, especially France and Spain, and got introduced to European Modernism. On his travels he also got to know the German-French author Ferdinand Bac, who he cited throughout his life.

He returned to Mexico in 1926 and started to work in Guadalajara, where he combined his modernist influences with traditional indigenous styles, which led to his unique architectural style. Five years later he traveled again to Europe, where he shortly met Le Corbusier and also stayed long in New York, where he got in touch with the artist José Clemente Orozco and the architect Frederick John Kiesler.

After his return, his work and those of his peers strongly shaped and influenced the face of Mid-century Mexico. Contrary to the European modernists he did not see the house as a machine for living, but rather strove for an emotional architecture, saying that "any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake."

Material-wise he used raw materials such as stone or wood and combined them with his  original use of light and highlighted it with his use of colors. Next to multiple private residences, including his own built in 1948 and declared UNESCO World heritage site in 2004, he is known among other for the Jardine de Pedregal in Mexico City, Torres de Satélite or the Casa Gilardi.

A retrospective in 1975 at MoMA in New York gave his reputation and importance a significant push and made him known outside of Mexico. In 1980 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize as the second laureate and is still the only Mexican architect. He died in 1988 in Mexico City at the age of 86.

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Door 3: Epicly Later'd

Photo: Jeff Fribourg

Wheter its art, sport or celebrities nearly everybody loves their share of background information, side notes or gossip. Normally this sounds like the ingredients for another tabloid, but in Epicly Later'd's case it is the story of an untypical, but well made skateboard documentary.

The aformentioned series is the brainchild of Patrick O'Dell, who has worked in skateboarding for years and got tired at his job at Trasher Magazine. In the search for something new he started a photoblog and a VICE magazine column, documenting the background of skateboarding. This then with the support of ex VICE editor-in-chief Jesse Pearson became a web-series on Vice's now defunct VBS program.

The series started in 2007 and became through the keen eye and suspending story-telling of Patrick O'Dell, the edits of Lauren Cynamon and the archival footage knowledge of Chris Grosso an instant success. It was meant to show the multiple sides of skateboarding, often off-skateboarding and thereby focus on storytelling, which set the show apart.

The show was on hiatus since the Ali Boulala episodes released in 2015, bbut since Vice's forray into television with their Viceland program it got turned into a proper tv-show. The new series started in September 2017 and featured skaters like Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart, Chad Muska or Jason Dill, but also the directors Spike Jonze, who started making skate and music videos and the skate affiliated Harmony Korine.

 With the show being now on television the creators try to focus less and less on the skate-nerd stuff or as Patrick O'Dell put it himself:"I’ve always used skateboarding as an avenue to tell stories about people, to kind of psychoanalyze people. We’ve told the story of dudes quitting companies, let’s talk about some real life stuff."

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Door 2: Bridget St. John

During the late 1960s and early 1970s the British folk scene was very active. Key players were bands like Fairport Convention or The Incredible String Band or solo artists like John Martyn, Nick Drake, Al Stewart or Bert Jansch. At that time female lead singers were common, but not solo artist. This makes the career of British singer Bridget St. John even more astonishing. The legendary Radio-DJ John Peel described her as "the best lady singer-songwriter in the country". A more accurate summary comes from the author Sam Brumbaugh: "As if Nico possessed desire".

Bridget St. John was born in 1946 in Surrey in South-East England into a musically-interested family. There was a lot of opera records and her mother helped a blind pianist with his music. At the wish of her mother she played the piano until the age of eleven, but did not like her teacher. After that she took viola lessons for two years. This was not fruitful either, as the teacher soon realized she rather would play the guitar, as she held the viola like one. Shortly before her move to university her grandmother gave her 20 pounds and she went to buy her first guitar.

During her childhood and adolescence her rather deep and husk voice made her stand out and was told to stop singing in school. In multiple interviews she mentions Helen Shapiro's 1961 hit song "Don't Treat Me Like A Child" as crucial for her, because she realized there is no need for her to sing high. Also her interest in writing poems began way before she began writing music and accompanying her lyrics musically.

At Sheffield University she was drawn to the theater group. There she learned to play by watching her friends play and getting taught by them. Around this time she also had her first gigs in various pubs around Sheffield. In 1967 she had to do an exchange-term in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she met American singer-songwriter Robin Frederick. It was through her that Bridget St. John got to know John Martyn in the summer of 1967, who had a deep impact on her stylistically.

Also he helped her record her first demo, which was then through another friend, Pete Roche, presented to John Peel, who immediately was fascinated by her music. John set up his label Dandelion Records to present Bridget's music. Her first album "Ask Me No Questions" was produced by him and took only 10 hours to record.

Her second album "Songs for the Gentle Man" was released in 1972 and produced by Ron Geesin, who helped Pink Floyd record their seminal "Atom Heart Mother" album the year before. St. John's wish with this choice was to personally influence the production more than on the first record. The third and last album released on John Peel's Dandelion record label was "Thank You For..."

After her last album in 1974 "Jumble Queen", released on Chrysalis, she moved to Greenwich Village, New York in 1976 and went off the radar for nearly 20 years. She started to play again in the middle of the 90s and became increasingly popular over the last years more than 40 years after her records were released.

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Door 1: Alberto Burri

Post-war Italy proved to be a fertile ground for various art movements. There was Neo-Dada, Nouveau Réalisme, Postminimalism or Arte Povera. A contemporary or even precursor of those movements, but never really part of them was the Italian artist Alberto Burri.

He was born in 1915 in Città di Castello, Umbria to a wine merchant and an elementary school teacher. As a teenager he did not show much interest in school and preferred soccer, but was exposed to great Renaissance art in Tuscany. After his medical degree at the University of Perugia he was sent to the Italo-Ethiopian war in 1940.

Captured by the British army in May 1943 he was sent to an imprisonment camp for Italian soldiers in HerefordTexas. There Alberto Burri started to draw with no formal training, being a complete autodidact. His first works were figuratively, but as the materials provided by the YMCA got scarce, he also used empty burlap sacks. Soon he realized that he does not want to pursue a medical career.

After his return to Italy in 1946, despite his parents' disapproval he set up a studio in Rome and got in touch with the small but international artist scene in the city. Being exposed to forefront of contemporary art, he soon started to express himself abstractly. Visiting Joan Mirós studio and seeing Jean Dubuffets work in Paris at that time, helped his creativity with materials. His first solo exhibition took place in 1948 in small bookshop/gallery La Margherita in Rome.

In 1955 he married American dancer Minsa Craig, who had visited Rome with Martha Graham's dance company. This marriage lead to various collaborations where he made the set and the costumes for her group. Around that time an interest in Italian contemporary art arosed in the U.S.A. and numerous exhibitions took place there, so the couple shared time between Italy and Los Angeles. This started a dialogue with Minimalism and resulted in Burri's cretti (cracks) series, which dominated his later work.

In his career had numerous exhibitions and showed among others at the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennial in Brazil, and in Documenta II and III in Kassel. Alberto Burri died in 1995 in Nice, where he had moved for health reasons.

Stylistically he was at forefront of the above mentioned art movements as he blurred the lines between relief sculpture and painting and redefined the concept and understanding of the monochrome. Also remarkable is his use of at that time untypical materials, which defined different cycles of his oeuvre and contrary to his contemporaries let the viewer focus on the tactile. Important to mention are here jute bags for the sachi series, metal for the feri or the cellotex plates for his cretti series.

 With his techniques and materials Burri never intended to destroy or to provoke, but rather expressed the trauma and shock of recent history and his personal experiences and was able to show through his work the damage, repair and also vulnerability.

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Our Christmas Calendar

The end of November is near, this means that December is about to start as well as our traditional Christmas calendar. Every year our goal is to give you a short, daily time-out during this often hectic period. Each day we present you something, sometimes new, sometimes old, from the fields of art, design, architecture, film, or culture in general.
We hope you enjoy your daily break and wish you all a peaceful advent!

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Friday & Saturday Closed

Unfortunately our store will be closed this Friday and Saturday, but of course our online store remains open and we will be back in full effect on Monday morning! Have a lovely weekend!

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krimskrams

A new in-house mixtape full of cheesy Austrian and German productions from the late 70s and 80s, hope you like it!

 

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Manche Mögen's Heiß IV

Wie schon die letzten Jahre ist es Anfang Juli wieder Zeit für unsere beliebte Freiluft-Disco auf dem Dach des Halleiner Stadtkinos. Diese findet heuer am Sonntag den 9.7.2017 von 14 bis 22 Uhr statt.

Dort präsentieren wir euch mit großer Freude:
- Heap (Neubau/Discus Throwers)
- HESEIM (WHERE SILENCE HAS LEASE/hours)
- dj simon (1/2 of nirvana (DJ Set))
- Romantic Love Songs For Boys & Amadeo (hours)
- bernhard (hours) & Linus Milchbrand

Für die Veranstaltung gilt:
- freier Eintritt
- Vor Ort haben wir eine Bar für euch eingerichtet

Da der Platz auf der Dachterrasse begrenzt ist, müssen wir mit Bändern arbeiten. Diese gibt es ab 21.6.2017 für ein Lächeln bei uns im Geschäft, Unterer Markt 15, 5400 Hallein. Falls es wer nicht ins Geschäft schaffen sollte, gibt es vor Ort das Band für €3.

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Wir freuen uns riesig auf euch!

Euer GRUNDTNER & SöHNE Team

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A-List

Nice feature about our store, in German though. Head over to A-List to read the full article.

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