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Solo exhibition "Ottmar Hörl - Plan B", Kunsthalle, Kunstverein, Sparkassengalerie Schweinfurt, 2022

The title outlines "the principle that everything is subject to change, that we as a society must constantly change, that we must remain flexible." (Hörl)
Ottmar Hörl's installation at Kunsthalle Schweinfurt focuses on humanity's relationship to, and interaction with, the planet. Sixty serial sculptures representing climate activist Greta Thunberg are among the works shown. They are distributed in the inner courtyard of the Kunsthalle. Hörl makes a connection between Greta, the admonisher, as the "conscience of the world" and his installation of "Rede an die Menschheit" [Speech to All Humanity], a clarion call to the global community that is so urgently needed. For example, he shows columns made of cardboard, interspersed with lever arch files and book blocks mounted on steles, blocks whose blank pages might serve as a suggestion for such a speech.
The towering pillars are also reminiscent of ancient Greek temples, thus alluding to the motif of the oracle which can be consulted in light of an uncertain future.
Hörl's installation on the subject of space shows an alternative model of the future imagined by humans: a photograph from space hangs on the wall. On the opposite wall, the viewer spots images of asteroids. In the space in between are sculptures of the serial figure "Astronaut" scattered between their space capsules.
In the future, will we only be able to meet in protective suits in the vacuum between worlds?

At the Kunstsalong of the Kunstverein Schweinfurt art society, on the other hand, a focus is directed on the dubious nature of art. The installation "All in" is about an artist's communication model. Titles are engraved on small black text panels which in their entirety raise questions such as: Can there be a "sculpture for everyone"? "For oligarchs"? "For sociopaths"? But who actually is "everyone"?
In front of the installation, concealed in large wooden boxes, visitors can see "Shy Sculptures". Or rather, they can't actually see them because the pieces remain hidden in the boxes on which pictograms can be perceived. The sculptures are accompanied by an ensemble of "Nervous Sculptures": corrugated cardboard sheets stacked on pedestals.
On the walls, visitors will find cassette recorders and a sign saying "Drawing speaks".

The third exhibition space is the Sparkassengalerie of the Sparkasse Schweinfurt-Haßberge savings bank showing original works from Ottmar Hörl's "Natural Wonders" and "Bloodlust" series of paintings: choreographies of richly intertwined lines ranging from black-red to yellow-green.

The accompanying programme is available on the organiser's website.

Opening hours of the Kunsthalle Schweinfurt: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed on Mondays.
Opening hours of the Kunstsalong of the Kunstverein Schweinfurt art society: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tue & Thu 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed on Mondays.
Opening hours of the Sparkassengalerie: Mon to Thu 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Access the website of Kunsthalle Schweinfurt 

Press release

The sculpture "Greta" in the online shop

The sculpture "Astronaut" in the online shop

Video of the BR 

Interview with Ottmar Hörl


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