About Us

When sculpture and design get in touch they undergo a reaction and develop an inter-relation; in the course of time the story they tell is subject to constant changes. The garden as a creation by humans but at the same time picture of the ever growing nature corresponds with the sculptures which are exposed to weather, embedded in the landscape to which in turn they respond.

 

The terminology of contemporary sculpture ranges from abstract sculpture to common household objects, from anthropomorphic figurations to objects of utility. The dialogue between sculpture and its location is to render this terminology visible, i.e. make statements about art, society, its conflicts and dreams, and at the same time create a space for encounter.

Timm Ulrich’s “Tanzende Bäume” (dancing trees) and Mario Terzic’s “Arche aus lebenden Bäumen” (ark made of living trees) – the start of the project – are the most recent projects of park sculptures.

Oswald Oberhuber’s sculpture mounted on a wall relegates to the fact that since minimal art a sculpture cannot only stand on the floor, but can also be mounted on a wall and thus enters a dialogue with paintings. The dialogue inherent in art, as between painting and space, can also be enlarged by a dialogue between the forms of art and nature, as in the sculptures by Fritz Hartlauer and Jörg Schlick. Standing opposed to one another, they are dealing with the rules of form, algorithms and growth.

To this same category belong sculptures by Christa Sommerer and Michael Kienzer. Works of so-called old masters are placed on the landscape of stairs, facing the sky, representing the pantheon. The might of this place also heightens Heimo Zobernig’s tower at the entrance of the sculpture park or the “Bicycle” sculpture by Susana Solano. The same goes for a sculpture by Werner Reiterer, inflating and deflating in its dell, and the cushion by Hans Kupelwieser placed between hedges as well as Peter Weibel’s work, where the globe can be experienced as a suitcase. Machines of motion like cars (Erwin Wurm), ships (Michael Schuster), sails (Martin Walde) and aeroplanes (Nancy Rubins) talk to us about the fate of apparatuses, their failure and downtime, dreams of perfect society and technology and turn the landscape into a see or an airport. In correspondence with the afore mentioned are Heinz Gappmayr’s cues to “not yet visible” and “no longer visible” depending on the viewer’s position; in Yoko Ono’s cross into which a nail can be hammered and Jeppe Hein’s water sculpture the interaction between visitor and work of art is once more enhanced.

Thus the Sculpture Park is used as a platform to initiate the dialogue with contemporary sculpture and make its language more easily understandable.

 

Elisabeth Fiedler and Peter Weibel

(Kopie 1)

Austrian Sculpture Park

Thalerhofstraße 85
8141 Premstätten, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9704
skulpturenpark@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours
24. March 2018 to 31. October 2018 Mon-Sun, public holidays 10am - 8pm

 

Office address:

Marienplatz 1/1, 8020 Graz
Mo-Fr 9am-5pm

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