To mark the 100th birthday of Franz Mack, the founder of the Europa-Park theme park, Ottmar Hörl was invited to develop a sculptural installation featuring a multiplicity of golden "Europa" figures. The serial sculptures in the shape of roly-poly dolls will be on show at Europa-Park in Rust from 2 July until the end of October. They can be viewed at the end of "Deutsche Allee".
Here is what gallery owner Klaus Gerrit Friese (Galerie Friese, Berlin), who launched the project in collaboration with Horst Koppelstätter, says about the figure of Europa:
"'Europa' grabs the (lucky) star with both hands, holding it tight. Confident, thoughtful, calm and persistent, she radiates prudence in the best sense of the term. She knows that everything must be explored and balanced over and over again. Ottmar Hörl has created a beautiful new artistic definition of the Europa sculpture. He has revolutionised the traditional image of the personification of Europa and put it in a nutshell in a contemporary manner: as a gold-coloured, shining icon in the form of a 'standing-up-again woman', a roly-poly doll that gets up again and again, that does not allow herself to be discouraged, she points out that nothing is more constant than change and transformation. Based on perseverance and respectful collaboration, one can overcome challenges and achieve great things. In this respect, our Europa embodies a piece of hope. That is also what makes her so radiant."
Giving a redefinition of the figure of Europa, Ottmar Hörl makes the ambiguity of the figure as well as of the European confederation clear, and points up the ability of both to rise again from any situation. At the same time, the figure is also a symbol of the hope that Hörl has for Europe.
"I assume that the visitors will recognise the situation in Europe and the instability of the European Community. Actually, everything is in the figure: 'standing-up-again man', or 'standing-up-again woman', Europe standing up again. You shouldn't be discouraged if something loses its balance or tilts over. We have to keep fighting for a stable situation. We all have to work on that, just as we do for democracy."
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Leben im Krieg" ("Wartime life")
Historisches Museum Hanau Schloss Philippsruhe
Philippsruher Allee 45, Hanau
Extended to 27. March 2022
Tue-Sun 11 am to 6 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: Bad RagARTz 2021 -
8. Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur
Stiftung Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur, Rolf und Esther Hohmeister
8. May to 31. October 2021
GROUP EXHIBITION: "BLÜHSTREIFEN - ZWISCHEN TRAUM UND ZAUN" ("Wildflower strip - between dream and fence")
04. July until 03. October 2021
SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION "EUROPA"
02. July until end of October 2021
GROUP EXHIBITION: "ERSATZKUNST. Die Wüsten-Jahre 1975 bis 1985" ("Substitute art. The desert years 1975 to 1985")
Schulstraße 1A 1975
60594 Frankfurt am Main
03. until 26. September 2021
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Das Glück dieser Erde..."
Stadtgalerie - Badehaus im Alten Kurpark
Königsteiner Straße 86
65812 Bad Soden
06. until 29. November 2021
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Blau" ("Blue")
10. July until 10. October 2021