Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Frog Prince", gold-plated version


Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Frog Prince", gold-plated version

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ars mundi exclusive edition | limited, 980 exemplars | serially numbered | signed | gold-plated metal cast | Format 13 x 11 x 14 cm (W/H/D) | weight ca. 1.95 kg

Ottmar Hörl: Sculpture "Frog Prince", gold-plated version

The aesthetics of the everyday culture and standardization and normation of everyday use objects - these are the great themes of Ottmar Hörl. Hörl became known for exhibiting whole armies of sculptures, e.g. of rabbits, Martin Luther or Karl Marx. For the 100-year jubilee of the artist colony Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, Ottmar Hörl placed Grimm's tale of the Frog Prince into an art project and installed 800 frogs and 5 metal spheres for 100 days in the local art nouveau fountain.

A result of his artistic actions, Hörl´s plastic multiples became sought-after collector items. We created now, as ars mundi exclusive edition, a signed special edition of 980 exemplars each, of metal cast, optionally yellow (24-carat) or rosé gold-plated (18-carat) or fine silver-plated. Format 13 x 11 x 14 cm (W/H/D). Weight ca. 1.95 kg. Frog King gold-plated metal cast version.

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Ottmar Hoerl (born 1950) is one of the most important contemporary artists in Germany.

His sculptural works deal with the topic of normalization, the equalization of everyday objects that surround us in huge amounts in our everyday lives. But he does it in an exceedingly humorous way, and his "exhibitions" are like spectacles when he "carries" a huge swarm of owls to Athens, sets up hundreds of bears in front of the Brandenburg Gate or shows 1,000 meerkats on a "company outing" - all of them squeaky-colorful plastic.

"Focused on a place or distributed in the urban space, my installations turn into visual and tangible obstacles to make you think, make a moment of a break."

His most famous action was dedicated to the artist Duerer and his world-famous rabbit watercolor. The main market in Nuremberg during the "Big Hare Game" in 2003 was filled with no less than 7,000 rabbits filled. Ottmar Hoerl studied from 1975 to 1979 at the Academy of Visual Arts Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main, from 1981 at the University of Art and Design in Duesseldorf with Klaus Rinke as a professor. In 1985 he founded the group "Formal Skin" with the architects Gabriela Seifert and Goetz G. Stoeckmann. At the beginning of the 1990s, Hoerl was visiting a professor at the Graz University of Technology. Since 1999 he holds a professorship for fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, from October 2005 to October 2017 he was president of the academy.

Hoerl's work focuses on the aesthetics of everyday culture. He defines the concept of sculpture "as an organizational principle" and discovers this principle in its environment, in which many objects of everyday use are standardized and standardized.

His works can be found in many national and international collections. Ottmar Hoerl lives and works in Nuremberg and Wertheim.

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.

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