Newsletter July 2016


© Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland/Maurice Dorren

Installations and exhibitions during the summer
A number of exhibitions and installations featuring works by Ottmar Hörl run during the holiday season, for example, a flower exhibition of a very special kind on show at Museum Moyland. The exhibition showcasing works by artists from Germany and abroad looks into the way flowers have been presented, and dealt with, in art since 1960.  Seventy-five works by thirty-nine artists are on display in the exhibition hall, parts of the castle building and the museum’s park. Ottmar Hörl, for instance, has set up an installation with roses welcoming visitors in the Kutschenrondell roundabout at the castle's entrance.

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© Eva Schickler

Snail mail for you!
After the avant-garde snail invasion in Essenheim's village square (Dalles) in May, the snail sculptures have eventually made it to our online shop. They now look forward to continuing their journey and exploring other regions.

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© Eva Schickler

Temporary project and gallery space in Bayreuth
Thanks to the Folichon sculptural installation at the Landesgartenschau garden festival, Ottmar Hörl's serial sculptures are conquering the world setting out from Bayreuth. Why not combine your visit to the Landesgartenschau grounds or the Bayreuth Festival with a little detour to Ottmar Hörl's project and gallery space in the Bayreuth city centre? During the Bayreuth Festival, the art space will also be open on Sundays.

We look forward to welcoming you:
OTTMAR HÖRL – project space & gallery
Opernstraße 7, 95444 Bayreuth, Germany

Opening times
28 May to 28 August 2016
Mon to Sat: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
plus: Sun: noon to 6 p.m. (during the Bayreuth Festival)

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© Christian Dümmler

Exhibition "Fake" with new series of works
"FAKE", a double feature where Ottmar Hörl is partnering with Margarete Schrüfer, is Hörl's first presentation of his new series of works subversively entitled "Schnee von gestern" [literally: Yesterday's Snow, figuratively meaning "water under the bridge"]. How do creative stimuli develop? Where is the origin of the creative act? Are we inspired by the gaps we and others leave in life, in history or in art? The "Schnee von gestern" series of works explores questions such as these, inviting spectators to enter into a debate about the gap acting as a positive creative element.

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"Hörls Tierleben" [Hörl's Life of Animals] installation, 11 September to 3 October 2016, in Waiblingen
From 11 September 2016, Waiblingen's kleine Erleninsel, or little alder island, will be home to a number of rare animal sculptures. Newfoundland and Rottweiler dogs, pugs, papillon dogs, penguins, suricates, frogs, owls, hens, cocks, ravens, doves, snails, sea lions, rats and ermines will be arranged to form an unparalleled installation that is open to the public.

The project is Ottmar Hörl's first realisation of an idea of his known as Hörl's Menagerie. At the same time, its title, "Hörls Tierleben" [Hörl's Life of Animals], is a reference to the cultural significance of Brehm's Life of Animals, a major zoological reference work

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© Eva Schickler

"Querbeet durchs Grün" [Across the Greenery] exhibition at Galerie Abtart, until 16 September 2016 in Stuttgart
Right in time for the summer, ABTART gallery offers playful reflections upon different approaches to, and associations evoked by, the colour green. The wide choice of art works featured in this group exhibition ranges from landscapes and nature pieces, through floral and abstract positions, to associative and conceptual takes on the subject.




© Ronny Waleska

Mittelmaß [Average] 2016 exhibition in Leipzig
What is revealed about the present age when the term "average", or mean, has come to have only negative connotations? When moderation and assimilation are scorned? We find ourselves in a quandary: the average in art, is a catastrophe; in society, it is a requirement. The different positions featured in the "Mittelmaß 2016" exhibition at Westpol A.I.R. Space in Leipzig illustrate some of the conflicting implications.





(1) Folichon 
installations as part of the Landesgartenschau
22 April to 9 October 2016, Bayreuth

(2) Schöner Wohnen [Beautiful Living]
21 May - November 2016, Baden, Raabs, Yspertal, Zwettl, Neulengbach
6 August to 14 August 2016, Yspertal
30 September to 13 October 2016, Zwettl
November, Stadtkeller, Neulengbach

(3) Sammeln ist wie Tagebuch führen [Collecting is Like Keeping a Diary]
Miniature sculpture from fifty years
1 June to 5 August 2016, Galerie Rainer Wehr, Stuttgart

(4) Der will nur spielen - Der Hund in der aktuellen Kunst [He's only out to play - The dog in contemporary art]
9 June - 14 October 2016, KunstRaum Riedberg, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main

(5) POSITIONS. Invited by Jürgen Paas
i.a. with works of Anke Eilergerhard, Ottmar Hörl, Jürgen Jansen, Matthias Kanter, Norbert Thomas 
24 June to 27 August 2016, Obrist Gallery, Essen

(6) Lasst Blumen sprechen! Blumen und künstliche Natur seit 1960 [Say it with flowers - flowers and artifical nature since 1969]
26 June to 23 October 2016, Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau
i.a. with works of  Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Fischli & Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, David Hockney, Ottmar Hörl, Alex Katz, Karin Kneffel, David LaChapelle, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Adrian Schiess, Paul Thek, Luc Tuymans, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Rémy Zaugg u. a.




8 July - 16 September 2016
Galerie AbtArt, Stuttgart

(8) Hörls Tierleben [Hörl's Animal Life]
11 September to 3 October 2016, Erleninsel, Waiblingen












© Simeon Johnke



Sculptural project featuring 500 Wagner multiples to commemorate the bicentennial celebrations of Richard Wagner's birth, set up in the city of Bayreuth
The festivities to commemorate Richard Wagner‘s 200th birthday inspired the City of Bayreuth to invite conceptual artist Ottmar Hörl to contribute to the Bayreuth Festival. In 2004, Ottmar Hörl’s  W a g n e r  D o g s  had already taken over the city. This year, it will be Richard Wagner himself "conducting" Bayreuth. Enjoy the art installation once again by browsing through the wide variety of photo and video footage.

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