King Kong is back! And you have the possibility to meet him being part of the "5.UrbanArt Biennale® 2019 Unlimited" at the world cultural heritage site of the Völklingen Ironworks. This installation displays the most recent developments and trends in international urban art - with artwork of renown artists. Ottmar Hörl is one of them.
At the gates of the so-called "Paradise", the picturesque, recultivated industrial cultural garden of the Völklingen Ironworks, Ottmar Hörl has recently installed the sculpture of a gorilla measuring ten metres in height. As an exhibit, it is part of the "5th UrbanArt Biennale® 2019 Unlimited".
Every visitor knows the story of the most famous gorilla in film history that dies for love. Killed by humans who feel threatened – and prefer to shoot first before they think.
This experience of threat is inscribed in the defensive aggression of Hörl's sculpture. The figure is prepared to defend itself if its threatening gestures are not taken seriously.
Whether this instinctive behaviour is sufficient to avoid a conflict depends on King Kong's opponent. The intruder is required to interpret the gorilla's gesture in the right way in order to begin an orderly retreat. Otherwise, the same thing will happen as in the movies: there will be a fight because people misinterpret or ignore the warning signs.
What Ottmar Hörl has installed here is the prototype of a tortured and misunderstood creature, a symbol of our dealings with nature. Oversized and not to be overlooked. Nature will defend itself if we ignore its signs and fail to recognise them.
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]
5. July to 25 August 2019 (six further presentations are planed until 2020 at different places)
EXHIBITION: "TREUE FREUNDE. Hunde und Menschen"
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, München
28. November 2019 to 19. April 2020
Galerie Kampl, München
11. December 2019 bis 01. February 2020
EXHIBITION: "OTTMAR HÖRL"
CJK, Centrum voor Jonge Kunst, Gent
19. January 2020 to 22. March 2020
Opening: 18. January 2020, 7:30 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: "FRANKFURTER POSITIONEN"
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.
Biozentrum, Gebäude 101, KunstRaum Riedberg
05. February 2020 to 29. May 2020
Opening: 04. February 2020, 06:30 pm