Newsletter April 2019


Photo: Eva Schickler

From 12 May 2019: Exhibition "PORTFOLIO - WILD THOUGHT", Johannes Brus and Ottmar Hörl, Venice
To coincide with the 58th Venice Biennale, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice will present works by Johannes Brus and Ottmar Hörl from 12 May to 28 July 2019. Four different groups of works by Ottmar Hörl invite viewers to explore nature seen through his eyes: Il mare (2019), a compilation of graphic works; Flow (2019), a cycle of serial paintings; Rotation (2019) and Landschaft für Sprinter [Landscape for Sprinters] (2019), two photo compilations; as well as an installation based on Naturgemälde [Nature Painting] (2008), a textual work combined with a group of a hundred cacti: Ensemble für Enthusiasten [Ensemble for Enthusiasts] (2016).

Photo: ©gewobau Rüsselsheim

26 April 2019: Inauguration of the "Familientreffen" [Family Get-together] group of sculptures
The eighth group of figures of the serial work entitled "Familientreffen" [Family Get-together], which Ottmar Hörl created specifically for Rüsselsheim in 1992, has moved to its new location in Kohlseestraße. The work of art will be handed over on 26 April 2019. Seven already existing sculpture groups, known as "Hörl Familiy", have long since become an identification model for the city of Rüsselsheim.



Photo: photomontage ©Völklinger Hütte

In May 2019: Inauguration of the large-scale sculpture "King Kong"
On the occasion of the UrbanArt Biennale®, scheduled to be held at the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks in 2019, Ottmar Hörl developed "King Kong", a large-scale sculpture measuring 10 metres in height. The sculpture will be handed over in May 2019 at the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks, European Centre for Art and Industrial Culture.


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From 3 May 2019: Travelling exhibition "Sieben Todsünden" [Seven Deadly Sins]
Seven nationally active artists are interpreting one of the seven deadly sins using their distinctive repertoire of forms. On 3 May 2019, the travelling exhibition will open at the Bentlage Monastery in Rheine, and can be visited there until 23 July 2019. Six further locations are to follow: Telgte (5 July to 5 Aug 2019), Münster (7 to 9 Sep 2019), Vreden (12 Sep to 3 Nov 2019), Liesborn (19 April to 14 July 2020), Saerbeck (21 July to 9 Aug 2020), Herne (31 Oct to 20 Dec 2020).



Photo: Eva Schickler

From 10 May 2019: Sculptural installation "Gottlieb Daimler"
It's Gottlieb Daimler's birthday: the inventor of the first four-wheel automobile would have been 185 years old on 17 March. He was born in Schorndorf, Germany, in 1834, changing the city forever with his innovations over the course of an active life. From 10 May to 22 September 2019, 500 Daimler sculptures will be set up in the grounds of Schorndorf Castle on the occasion of the Remstal Garden Show.


Photo: Arnulf Marquardt-Kuron

From 17 May 2019: Sculptural installation "Ludwig van Beethoven - Ode an die Freude" [Ode to Joy]
Between 17 May and 2 June 2019, 500 sculptures of the composer in both green and gold will be on display in Münsterplatz square in Bonn. With his move, "Ludwig van Beethoven - Ode to Joy", Ottmar Hörl wishes to encourage people to revise their way of thinking: all the world has known Beethoven only as a grumpy character, but the figures in Bonn have a smile on their faces. "Beethoven's compositions are of grandiose sensitivity and revolutionary power," says Hörl. High time for a paradigm shift in the collective visual perception of the musician, who was born in Bonn.



Photo: ©KHBT Studio

From 1 June 2019: Sculptural installation "Lunch Break"
We are delighted that KHBT architecture studio in collaboration with Ottmar Hörl has been announced as the winner of the design competition for the London Festival of Architecture. "Lunch Break" sees 35 gilded angels suspended from an existing wire grid of the so-called "St Paul's Plinth". In line with this year's theme of the London Festival of Architecture, "Boundaries", the project celebrates what can happen at that creative boundary, as well as providing a charming and eye-catching temporary landmark for the City of London.


Photo: Eva Schickler

From 20 June 2019: Sculptural installation "Der Leonberger" [The Leonberger]
From 20 to 25 June 2019, 200 Leonberger sculptures will populate the market square of Leonberg's Old Town: one can look forward to the encounters between man, animal and sculpture. Today's Leonberger dog breed was created at the end of the 1830s in Leonberg by crossing Saint Bernard, Newfoundland and Pyrenean mountain dogs.



Photo: Annette Kradisch

From 23 June 2019: Exhibition "Fremde Wesen" [Alien Beings]
Some are useful, some are life-threatening. They are almost everywhere but we can't see them, unless we use a microscope: viruses and bacteria are among the tiniest life forms that remain hidden from the human eye. With his new series of paintings "Fremde Wesen" [Alien Beings], Ottmar Hörl, on the one hand, refers to the fact that we know that such microorganisms exist, and on the other hand, to the impossibility of perceiving them in everyday life. This situation encourages the principle of fantasy: if you cannot see something, you try to imagine it. The exhibition "Fremde Wesen" [Alien Beings] will be held at Kunstverein Kirchzarten art society from 23 June to 21 July 2019.


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From 30 June 2019: Sculptural installation "Bertolt Brecht - per aspera ad astra"
From 30 June to 29 September 2019, an installation in honour of the Augsburg-born poet, who gave 20th-century theatre and poetry essential impetus, will be shown in the park of Kurhaustheater in the Göggingen district of Augsburg. The title of the exhibition "per aspera ad astra" ("through hardships to the stars") refers to Brecht's life as an artist, which was not always free of hardships. The installation supported by Arno Buchegger Foundation is a collaboration with Maxgalerie Augsburg.



Photo: Model, photomontage

From 25 July 2019: Sculptural installation "Jeder gegen Jeden" [Everyone against Everyone]"
The installation entitled "Jeder gegen Jeden" [Everyone against Everyone] (25 July to 27 October 2019, Kunsthalle Schweinfurt) deals with a highly relevant socio-political phenomenon: the increase in violence and aggression. This issue becomes more and more evident in the digital, social media. Is the principle of humanity at stake?


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From 25. August 2019: Sculptural installation "Souvenir, Souvenir"
St Peter's Cathedral in Regensburg is used as the motif for the "Souvenir, Souvenir" installation in Regensburg's Neupfarrplatz square (25 August to 8 September 2019). The large-scale sculpture consists of a type of storage rack construction featuring serial sculptures of the Cathedral. It is meant to encourage passers-by to enter into a discourse on the city of Regensburg, on landmarks, on art and religion as well as on the mechanisms of remembrance and the meaning of identity then and now. The project was launched by Galerie Andrea Madesta in collaboration with the Diocese of Regensburg and the Museum of the Diocese of Regensburg.



Photo: taken from Mieczkowski, Jan (1830-1889) - Biblioteka Narodowa, F.2025, commons,

Forthcoming: Sculptural installation "Stanislaw Moniuszko"
Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872) was a Polish nobleman, composer, conductor and teacher. He is commonly referred to as the "Father of the Polish National Opera" (source: Wikipedia). A sculpture installation in Warsaw in cooperation with Teatr Wielki is scheduled for autumn 2019.



26 April 2019, Kohlseestraße, Rüsselsheim am Main

in May 2019, World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks, Völklingen

3 May to 23 June 2019, Bentlage Monastery, Rheine (six more venues to follow)

Johannes Brus and Ottmar Hörl
12 May to 28 July 2019, Sale Monumentali, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice

10 May to 22 September 2019, Schlosspark (castle grounds), Schorndorf

17 May to 2 June 2019, Münsterplatz, Bonn

1 to 30 June 2019, St. Paul's Plinth, London

1 to 10 June 2019, Kleine Erleninsel, Waiblingen

20 to 25 June 2019, Marktplatz (market square), Leonberg

23 June to 4 August 2019, Galerieverein Leonberg


20 June to 21 July 2019, Kunstverein Kirchzarten art society, Kirchzarten

5. July to 25 August 2019, Religiomuseum, Telgte (five more venues to follow) 

30 June to 29 September 2019, Parktheater im Kurhaus Göggingen, Augsburg

25 July to 27 October 2019, Kunsthalle Schweinfurt, Schweinfurt

25 August to 8 September 2019, Neupfarrplatz, Regensburg

Hartwig Ebersbach and Ottmar Hörl
17 October 2019, Kunsthalle Schweinfurt, Schweinfurt





Photo: ©Cornelia Saalfrank

Inauguration of the large-scale sculpture "LÖWEN ENTERTAINMENT" on 25 March 2019
To enhance the impression of the Büdesheim roundabout, Ottmar Hörl developed a large-scale sculpture in the shape of a lion, inspired by the heraldic animal of the city of Braunschweig (Brunswick). The figure refers to the logo and history of LÖWEN ENTERTAINMENT GmbH, which was founded in Braunschweig and is now based in Bingen.                                                            



Photo: ©Fontanestadt Neuruppin / Andreas Kunow

Special edition "Theodor Fontane II" & Fontane Portfolio
In 2019, the 200th anniversary of Theodor Fontane's birth is celebrated. To mark the bicentenary, Ottmar Hörl developed Theodor Fontane II for Neuruppin, the poet's place of birth. The sculpture measures 42 cm in height. Back in 2016, Ottmar Hörl devised an installation featuring 400 serial Fontane sculptures for Neuruppin presented in front of the cultural church. To tie in with this installation, a limited edition portfolio entitled "Theodor Fontane - Wanderer zwischen den Welten" [Theodor Fontane - Wanderer between the Worlds] has now been published. The motifs for the portfolio with a total of 13 sheets, 6 textual works, and 6 photo concepts (rotations) were compiled by Ottmar Hörl. They make reference to Theodor Fontane and his comprehensive work "Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg"[Ramblings through Brandenburg].

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