Dietmar Kainrath

Culture in Cans

The freelance cartoonist Dietmar Kainrath will enrich the Red Bull Hangar-7 for the fourth time now with an exhibition of his works from the ‘Culture in Cans’ series. The exhibition will run from 31.08.2013 to the end of October 2013.

Kainrath interprets the works of various renowned artists, architects, writers, composers and singers in his works, including Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Frank Sinatra, Gustav Klimt, William Shakespeare and Zaha Hadid. A fixed component of each cartoon are the sketches of cans, famous from the Red Bulletin with their simple design and lack of straight lines - sometimes as a silent observer, sometimes in a commentating role. Pen-and-ink, a thin paintbrush and sparing use of watercolours create a unique aesthetic imagery.

Dietmar Kainrath was born on 8 September 1942 in Innsbruck and initially attended art college. Although he developed an enthusiasm for cartoon drawing at an early stage, his desire to travel became his highest priority during this phase.

He spent a few years in major European cities and even worked at a circus in Germany, among other things. After returning to Innsbruck and the birth of his first son, his life plans changed and he initially worked as a self-employed commercial artist. He finally made his passion for cartoons his main profession at the end of the 1970s. Today Kainrath lives and works with wife Verena in Tyrol.

The artist has achieved renown through his numerous exhibitions in Austria, Germany and the USA. His most successful drawings include his 60 cartoons for Charles Bukowski’s Film Barfly. His first exhibition as a freelance artist was held in 1979 and focused on the theme of alcohol. Although still undertaking various graphic design orders, the number of companies appreciating his work started to increase. Drawings for Porsche, Mercedes, Austrian Airlines, Weltwoche, Penthouse and Playboy followed as a result. His cartoons of Tyrol, justice, politics, addiction and sport have appeared in numerous national and international publications.

Dietmar Kainrath’s role models include Romanian-American artist and cartoonist Saul Steinberg, French graphic designer and author Tomi Ungerer and Paul Flora. Kainrath’s most recent activities include working as a cartoonist for The Red Bulletin magazine and for the TV channel ServusTV.

Selection of works:

Dietmar Kainrath - Culture in Cans
Dietmar Kainrath - Culture in Cans: Roy Lichtenstein
Dietmar Kainrath - Culture in Cans: Oskar
Dietmar Kainrath - Culture in Cans: Vincent
Dietmar Kainrath - Culture in Cans: David

Exhibition period

From August 31st 2013 until end of December 2013.

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Dietmar Kainrath

“The magic 7”

The Magic of the Moment:

70 Years of Sports Photography by Magnum /en/art/exhibitions/the-magic-of-the-moment-70-years-of-sports-photography-by-magnum/

Per aspera ad astra

through hardships to the stars /en/art/exhibitions/per-aspera-ad-astra-through-hardships-to-the-stars/

Jimmy Nelson

“Before they pass away“ /en/art/exhibitions/jimmy-nelson-before-they-pass-away/

Terra Mater

Discover and understand the world /en/art/exhibitions/terra-mater-discover-and-understand-the-world/

Jörg F. Zimmermann

Farben des Lichts - Fine Glass Arts /en/art/exhibitions/farben-des-lichts-fine-glass-arts-by-joerg-f-zimmermann/

Alexander Maria Lohmann


Dietmar Kainrath

"Erfinder und Erfindungen"

Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

"The Golden Age of Car Racing"

Finale in Salzburg

Red Bull Illume at Hangar-7

Dietmar Kainrath

"Im Focus: Filme"

Steve McQueen

The Last Mile

Gregor Schlierenzauer

“Stille Momente” (Quiet Moments) /en/art/exhibitions/gregor-schlierenzauer/

Robert Rottensteiner

Yssilo - Parallele Welt


A Parametric Pavilion

HangART–7 Edition 19: The Baltic States

Tides of change

Red Bull Illume 2011

Picture This!

HangART–7 Edition 18: Czech Republic

A Dance

HangART–7 Edition 17:

In dark

HangART–7 Edition 16: England

The Secret Of England's Greatness /en/art/hangart-7-edition-16-england/

Jos Pirkner

Material, Form und Raum

Dietmar Kainrath


HangART–7 Edition 15: Austria

An Encounter with

HangART–7 Edition 14: Germany

Paint Something German

Eleanor Coppola

Circle of Memory

HangART–7 Edition 13: Italy

Una forza del passato