At the approximately half-hour memorial service, which took place in camera due to the corona-related maximum number of 50 people, mainly family members were present. Brauer’s daughters Timna, Talia and Ruth read during the ceremony “Freedom”, a poem by their father, who was also a musician, painter, graphic artist and set designer.
Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder also bowed. “Friendship is so natural when it is there. If I am supposed to imagine that this matter of course should no longer be possible, only then do you feel how incongruous it is to have a friend,” he said to the mourners. He always admired Arik Brauer for being “human”. This was like a rainbow for him – and a rainbow can also be compared with friendship: “ The re is no beginning and no end. And there are far too many colors to describe them.”
Vienna’s City Councilor for Culture Veronica Kaup-Hasler (SPÖ), the married couple Samy and Haya Molcho and Danielle Spera, director of the Jewish Museum Vienna, were also among the invited mourners. After the festivities, the urn was to be buried in a small family circle in an honorary grave of the City of Vienna.
The universal artist, born Erich Brauer on January 4th, 1929 in Vienna, died on January 24th at the age of 92 with his family. As a painter, Brauer was one of the main representatives of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, but also succeeded as a graphic artist, set designer and singer (“Sein Köpferl im Sand”, “Sie ham a Haus builds”).