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As an artist, I have to develop an idea that goes beyond just setting a little mould down somewhere. The idea must attempt to put contemporary thinking into a nutshell and people can start building their own personal structure from there.

As an artist, rather than trying to depict a certain form as good and feasible, I would like to provide stimuli by dint of my work.

Ideally, this will result in altering people‘s ways of thinking, of assessing things, of behaving. This, then, would be art.

Ottmar Hörl, 1992

I don‘t see culture as a hierarchical concept.

Ottmar Hörl

His works are based on the maxim of “sculpture as organizational principle”, and the idea of the series. Through reproduction, he removes the elite element from art. He does not wish to create monuments but rather enduring occasions for communication.

His art has an immediate presence; it becomes an event and an experience that inspires and brings together people from all over the world.

Dr. Carsten D. Siebert, Kurator, 2014

This is what interests me as an artist – that my own formulations will raise my own next question. This question that follows becomes possible because I do not offer any permanent solution – because no such solution exists.

Ottmar Hörl, 2010


Ottmar Hörl lives in Frankfurt am Main, Nuremberg, and Wertheim (Baden-Württemberg).

2015 CREO Innovation Award for Creativity, Frankfurt a. M./Mainz, German Society for Creativity (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kreativität)
2005-2017          president of the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der Bildenden Künste), Nuremberg


intermedium Award, along with Rainer Römer and Dietmar Wiesner (Ensemble Modern)
1999-2018 professor of fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der Bildenden Künste), Nuremberg


Wilhelm Loth Award awarded by the City of Darmstadt


art multiple Award awarded at the International Art Fair (Internationaler Kunstmarkt), Düsseldorf


Förderpreis für Baukunst (Grant for Architecture) awarded by the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste),Berlin (with Formalhaut), 

Berlin (with Formalhaut)


visiting professorship at Graz University of Technology, Austria (with Formalhaut)


founding of the group Formalhaut, with architects Gabriela Seifert and Götz Stöckmann


studies at the Academy of Fine Arts (Kunstakademie), Düsseldorf, with Prof. Klaus Rinke


scholarship from Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)


studies at the Academy of Fine Arts (Hochschule für Bildende Künste-Städelschule), Frankfurt am Main
1950 born in Nauheim
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