March 7, 2015
Fritz Janschka Exhibition

This exhibition is provided with support from our members and the generosity of:


Rick and Kristen Barker

Michael and Mira Becher

Danville Regional Medical Center

Steve and Angela DelGiorno

Linwood Duncan

Janet Holley and Dave Slayton

Sam and Faye Kushner

Carol Ann Lawson

Jerry Meadors

Kevin and Melanie Vaughan


The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History is proud to exhibit the work of internationally celebrated painter, sculptor and graphic artist Fritz Janschka, one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Born in Austria in 1919, Fritz Janschka studied at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, under the tutelage of Albert Paris Gütersloh, himself a student of Gustave Klimt. Janschka came to the United States to teach at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and remained there for 36 years, earning the title Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts and Fairbank Professor Emeritus of the Humanities.  Though influenced by Surrealism, Janschka’s work has continued to evolve over the last half-century. His imagination has been described as being “in a perpetual state of fast-forward.” His paintings, many of which are inspired by literature, are said to “challenge, puzzle, and even provoke.”

His work is included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fort Worth Museum, museums in Zurich and Vienna, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, and Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Opening March 20, Janschka’s work will be on display in the Jennings Gallery through May 17.

A preview reception on Friday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public. The Janschka exhibition will run through Sunday, May 17;. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday 2 to 5 PM. A small admission fee is charged most days for non-members.


Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main St., Danville, VA 24541, (434) 793-5644,