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From 9 February 2018, new paintings by Ottmar Hörl will be on view at Galerie Kasten in Mannheim. Entitled "Blutrausch" [Bloodlust], the exhibition is an invitation to engage in multi-layered interpretations relevant to our day and age.
Louis Soutter, Heinz Trökes, Hartwig Ebersbach, Hermann Nitsch, Arnulf Rainer, Julian Schnabel, Günther Uecker, and even Georg Baselitz – all these are artists who appreciate, or appreciated, the technique of finger painting, this direct, archaic, immediate form of expression. With his new series of works based on this method, Ottmar Hörl, who specialises in spotting the gaps in art history, has made a valuable contribution to abstract painting. This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, as only few know that Hörl's extensive oeuvre includes almost every genre.
During the past months, Ottmar Hörl created his series of works entitled "Blutrausch" [Bloodlust] and "Naturschauspiel" [Natural Wonders] using all of his ten fingers. He deliberately confined the process of painting to a narrow time slot. Hörl's system of finger painting only works as long as the quick-drying acrylic paint is still liquid. "Sometimes six minutes can be a long time, existential, a whole life can be captured in that time span," says Ottmar Hörl. The procedure allows for no hesitation, no indecision. It is aimed at creating abstract shapes with breathtaking dynamism and depth, reminiscent of nature, yet open to multi-layered interpretation.
In the early 1980s, Ottmar Hörl made a name for himself with his first radical serial paintings on corrugated polyester sheets, paintings that found their way into major private collections and museums. Now he has succeeded in adding an exciting new twist to gestural painting as an example of artistic licence.
(Translation of a text by Friedrich Kasten)
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