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Rüsselsheim's urban space has seven "Family Get-together" sculpture groups, which have long since become models of identification and are known as "Hörl Families" in Rüsselsheim. On the occasion of the 2017 Hessentag, housing company Gewobau intended to have an eighth work of art, this time featuring figures in different colours, set up to complement the seven existing groups, and symbolising open-mindedness and cultural diversity. The group was to be positioned in the square outside the railway station, in the vicinity of automaker Opel's historic factory façade and a monument to Adam Opel. On the grounds that it was "non-tolerable", the Rüsselsheim Lower Monument Protection Authority rejected the application on 25 April 2017. The report stipulated, for instance, that new projects were "to pay due respect to the values epitomised by the historic cultural monument". The authority claimed vicinity protection.
Politically speaking, such reference to cultural heritage grounds is of a highly explosive nature in view of the fact that the larger-than-life Adam Open statue is a work by sculptor Emil Hub, who was a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NASDAP). At the "Great German Art Exhibitions" organised by the Nazis, Hub presented Hitler busts that were also larger than life in size. This piece of information can easily be read up on the internet. Goebbels is also said to have collected works by Hub.
What the Monument Protection Authority seems to have missed is the fact that Ottmar Hörl's group of sculptures is also part of "Rüsselsheim's, i.e. Opel city's, historical and technological development". When in the early 1990s the first, then only monochrome, copies of Hörl's "Family Get-together" were set up in Rüsselsheim, they were created by Opel apprentices who wished to make a special statement. To this very day, the sculptures are regarded as a forward-looking, cosmopolitan piece of modern company and town history. The new "Hörl Family" created for the 2017 Hessentag is again based on a collaboration with Opel and Opel apprentices.
To Ottmar Hörl, "this rejection based on undefined vicinity protection seems arbitrary and hard to understand." Gewobau and Hörl intend to stick to the project.
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Time present" Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection
Unter den Linden 5, Berlin
10. May 2020 to 08. February 2021
Daily opening times (except Mondays) from 11am to 6pm. Thursdays 11am to 9pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Was ist der Mensch?" ("What is man?")
Neuer Markt, Herford
30. May 2020 to 30. August 2020
Daily opening times from 10 am to 6 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Leben im Krieg" ("Wartime life")
Historisches Museum Hanau Schloss Philippsruhe
Philippsruher Allee 45, Hanau
Extended to the end of June 2021
Tue-Sun 11 am to 6 pm
SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION "LUNCH-BREAK"
in colloboration with KHBT London/Berlin, on the occasion of London Festival of Architecture
St. Paul´s Plinth, London
3 June 2019 to March 2020
TRAVELLING EXHIBITION "SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN" [SEVEN DEADLY SINS]
1. Juli to 7. Juli 2020 (further installations in different locations are planned)
Opening, 04. Juli, 2 pm
EXHIBITION: "TREUE FREUNDE. Hunde und Menschen"
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, München
28. November 2019 to 19. April 2020, extended until 13th of September 2020
GROUP EXHIBITION: "FRANKFURTER POSITIONEN"
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.
Biozentrum, Gebäude 101, KunstRaum Riedberg
05. February 2020 to 29. May 2020, extended to 30th of October 2020
Opening: 04. February 2020, 06:30 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: SCULPTURE PATH WEISSACH IM TAL "AN BRÜCKEN UND WEGEN"
Kulturkreis BIZE und Gemeinde Weissach im Tal
Loop road sculpture path
10. June 2018 to 30. April 2021
GROUP EXHIBITION: KUNST IM SETZKASTEN
Forum Kunst Rottweil, Friedrichsplatz 4, Rottweil
Opening: 19. September 2020, 10am to 10pm
19. September 2020 to 01. November 2020