Ottmar Hörl:
3 sculptures "Sponti Dwarfs" in a set

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Ottmar Hörl:
3 sculptures "Sponti Dwarfs" in a set

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ars mundi exclusive edition | limited, 199 exemplars | serially numbered | signed | metal cast in various versions | Format 7 x 15 x 5 cm (W/H/D) | weight - 1.1 - 1.3 kg

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Ottmar Hörl: 3 sculptures "Sponti Dwarfs" in a set

Dwarf got his special affection. The conceptual and action artist Ottmar Hörl got cross-border attention and recognition for them. With his spectacular large installations in open places, the professor and president of the Art Academy in Nurnberg has as goal forcing the dialogue and the confrontation with the tension field of art and nature.

So, in 1994, in Seligenstadt, based on his Installation "Flying Change", displayed one thousand blue "Sponti Dwarfs" - known also as finger-flashing garden dwarfs - leaving them individually or in group formations, to their own fate. Their gradual disappearance was desired by this. For Ottmar Hörl this is no transfer of ownership, rather the transfer from public to private area, a position change fully along the line of "Flying Change". Anyway, modern times cannot claim the creation of the finger flashing gesture. It was already known in ancient Rome.

ars mundi issued the "Sponti Dwarfs" in a serially numbered and signed exclusive edition of 199 exemplars each. Three versions in metal cast, gold plated (24 carat), solber plated and bronzed. Format 7 x 15 x 5 cm (W/H/D) each. Gold and bronze plated versions: Weight ca. 1.3 kg. Silver plated version: Weight ca. 1.1 kg.

This 3-piece set of “Sponti Dwarfs" consists of one exemplar each in gold-plated, silver plated and bronzed 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.