|Vernissage Alfred Hrdlicka – Sculptures Albertinaplatz 30.7.08|
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Alfred HRDLICKA - Skulpturen Albertinaplatz
Vernissage: Wednesday, 30th July 08, 5 p.m., the exhibition runs until 21st September 2008.
Alfred HRDLICKA is 80
For the 80th birthday of Alfred HRDLICKA, the KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum (Art in the Public Space) and the Galerie Ernst Hilger are presenting the exhibition "Sculptures" on Albertinaplatz with key works from his sculptural oeuvre. The works can be seen on Albertinaplatz until 21 September 2008.
Alfred HRDLICKA was born in Vienna in 1928. He studied sculpture (with Wotruba) and painting (with Gütersloh) at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1957. He held his first exhibition in Vienna in 1960 and in 1964 represented Austria at the 32nd Biennale of Venice. Until 1996 HRDLICKA held special teaching posts at the Academies of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin, also at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He lives and works in Vienna.
Human suffering and repression in its multifarious forms were and are the central themes in the work of Alfred HRDLICKA. The permanent presence of violence and its effects in human history is graphically reflected in the exhibited sculptures, which in content and time reference range from ancient mythology to the events of the twentieth century. They thus stand within the immediate context of this remembrance square with the " Monument against War and Fascism (1983-91)" - one of the major works of Alfred HRDLICKA and a crucial document for the city of Vienna and its history.
Alfred HRDLICKA lived from casual work until 1961. After his first exhibition in 1960, his work (sculpture, painting and etchings) created much public interest because of his revolution against abstraction in art. The main themes in HRDLICKA'S creative dialogue involve references to history, political polemics and sexuality. His sculptures are mostly column-type figures; they are allegories of heroic fighters or express repression, pain and suffering. They are a reflection of his studies on agony, fear, threat and torture and the effects of feelings on human appearance. His work cycles (etchings, drawings and painting) address themes such as sexuality and crime (Martha Beck, Haarmann), war and revolution with all their horrific violence and cruelty (French Revolution, 1848 Revolution, 20th of July 1944) and deal with famous personalities from art and cultural history (Richard Wagner, Auguste Rodin, Titian, Piet Mondrian). Among his other major works are stage sets such as "Faust I +II" (1982) for the Bonn Schauspielhaus, "Luigi Nono's Intolleranza" 1960 in Stuttgart (1992), "King Lear" in the Cologne Schauspielhaus (1994), "Ring des Nibelungen" in Meiningen (2001) and 2002, "King Kandaules" in the Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival.
Many of these works for the stage can be seen in the simultaneously presented exhibition "Alfred HRDLICKA: Der Titan und die Bühne des Lebens" (The Titan and the Theatre of Life) (30 July, 7 pm -21 Sept. 2008) in the Künstlerhaus (Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna).