Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Sponti Dwarf", Version Bronzed

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 199 copies | Numbered | Signed | Metal casting bronzed | Format 7 x 15 x 5 cm (W/H/D) | Weight 1.3 kg

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Ottmar Hörl: Sculpture "Sponti Dwarf", Version Bronzed

Dwarves enjoy special affection. They have received an international attention and recognition of the concept and action artist Ottmar Horl. With his spectacular large installations in public space the Professor and President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg followed the goal to accelerate the dialogue and confrontation between art and nature.

So he presented thousand blue "Sponti Dwarfs" in Seligenstadt in 1994 on the occasion of his installation "Flying Change" - also known as garden gnomes with the middle finger. People were glad when they actually were taken away from the streets. Ottmar Horl doesn't respect the change of ownership, but perceives the execution of a shift from public to private ownership as a position change in the spirit of a "flying change". The gesture of raising the middle finger didn’t appear in the modern era. It was known already in ancient Rome.

ars mundi issued the "Sponti Dwarf" as a numbered and signed edition of 199 copies. Three variants in metal casting, either gold-plated or silver-gilt or bronzed. Format of each 7 x 15 x 5 cm (W/H/D).

"Sponti Dwarf", bronzed version. Weight ca. 1.3 kg.

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Der Künstler Ottmar Hörl Ottmar Horl (born 1950), President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, is one of the most important contemporary German artists. His sculptural work touch upon the topic of standardization, the same design of numerous objects, surrounding us in everyday life. But he does it in a very humorous way, and his "Exhibitions" turn to real shows. When he drags a huge swarm of owls to Athens, puts hundreds of bears near the Brandenburg Gate, or shows 1000 meerkats at the “company trip”. All that is made of bright plastic. "Whether they are concentrated on a square or distributed in the urban space my installations turn to visual obstacles. Their aim is to provoke to think, to take a pause." His most famous performance was dedicated to the artist Durer and his famous watercolor “Hare”. The "Great Piece of Hare" by Horl, completed in 2003, included no less than 7000 rabbits, exhibited in the main market at Nuremberg.

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

Graphic or sculpture edition that was initiated by ars mundi and is available only at ars mundi or at distribution partner licensed by ars mundi.

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