Hans Aeschbacher

Figur II, 1955

One can clearly see his love for the material, the special structure of which was of particular importance for Hans Aeschbacher in designing each sculpture. The human, mainly female body is the second pivot in the sculptural work of the man from Zurich. This is why critics spoke of “moments of fertility, idols of the sanguine, signposts directing the way back to the first mother”.

Aeschbacher’s graphical work, too, is strongly coined by the theme of female shapes, the female torso. This is also the basis for Aeschbacher’s work exhibited in the Skulpturenpark, “Figur II”. In the mid 1950s, after a phase that was characterised by the use of lava as a material, the sculptor began an era of creating approximately three-metre-high granite columns, called “Figuren” by Aeschbacher. Their special characteristics are their slender, symmetrical parts striving upward along vertical axes, seemingly rubbing against one another. All in all, it is a group of works that is both compact and elegant, and of which "Figur II" from 1955 is an excellent example. It is a thrilling game of dynamics and static that is mastered elegantly and with confidence by the trained typographer and autodidact with his hard material.

On the other hand, Aeschbacher was a master in gaining most possible lightness and dematerialisation from the hard stone by means of spiral-like and technically very demanding openings. The sculptor also pursued the reduction of the bodily structure to skeleton-like structures in his work with concrete and Plexiglas. With the latter, he tried to also use the colours of light as means for the design.   

Author: Walter Titz
Plan & Overview: Position 2   
Owner: [Museum of Modern Art, Foundation Ludwig; Vienna] 
Biography:Hans Aeschbacher

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