Mint double deck of cards made by Piatnik c.1993, one of its Edition Hilger sets of cards. Piatnik's Edition Hilger cards feature work of artists associated with Galerie Ernst Hilger in Vienna. The cards for sale in this listing have the wonderful designs of Christian Ludwig Attersee.
Wikipedia has an article about Attersee:
"Christian Ludwig Attersee (born Christian Ludwig on 28 August 1940 in Bratislava) is an Austrian artist.
"After he had spent his youth in Upper Austria (also at the Attersee, that's where his artist's name comes from), Attersee began his studies in 1957 at the then-named Vienna Akademie für angewandte Kunst (Academy of Applied Arts, in 1998 renamed to `University of Applied Arts') with E. Bäumer, keeping these up until 1963. From 1966 on, he got in touch with the short-lived Viennese Actionism movement. Being very intrigued by object and action art from the start, Attersee attempted to combine music, speech, photo and video art with the basic form to create a new form of total artwork (also known by the German term Gesamtkunstwerk) . . . .
"His work is denoted by a figural-to-symbolic style transition, bright colors and an energetic ductus. Moreover, there are ambiguous, artsy connotations and imaginations of a likewise free-spirit and somewhat very Austrian mentality with a bias towards sexual malapropism. The context too gets incorporated into the artist's work many times, along with additional textual elements embedded into it.
"C. L. Attersee's exhibitions are likely to be composed of artistical shows, accompanied by music and literature; to some extent even by fellow artists attending and participating in the show.
"In 1984, he was representing his home country at the Venice Biennial. Since 1990, Attersee has been holding a chair at the Vienna University of Applied Arts and is one of the most renowned contemporary Austrian artists worldwide."
Each deck has 52 cards, plus 3 Jokers. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
One of the decks is still in its wrapper; the other deck was briefly removed from its wrapper to be photographed for this listing. Similarly, the box was removed from its wrapper to be photographed for this listing and that wrapper is included but no longer on the box.
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