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Josef Pillhofer

from 2 to 3 - 100 years of josef pillhofer

02.07.-24.10.2021 19:00


Neue Galerie Graz, Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz

 

Curated by Günther Holler-Schuster
Press conference: 30.06.2021, 11 am
Soft opening: 01.07.2021, 6 to 10 pm, free admission
Open house: 03.07.2021, 10 am to 5 pm, free admission
Duration: 02.07.-24.10.2021

 

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The sculptor Josef Pillhofer would have turned 100 this year. His work is extremely varied and is concerned from the outset with three-dimensionality as a central question of sculpture. How does a spatial manifestation arise from the two-dimensionality of the picture? Questions from the study of images intrude at that moment. How does a picture come into being? The visible world becomes an image (landscape drawings), the block-like object is reduced to a surface (collage), the surface folds up again to form a body (folds).



It is often the forms from nature that Pillhofer isolates and combines to make completely new contents. This recalls Concrete Art, which certainly influenced the artist in his early creative period. Pillhofer is very close to the tradition of modernism, formulating with great precision in this respect, which is probably attributable to his training (with Ossip Zadkine) in Paris of the 1950s. In his case, the sculpture can predominately be traced back to the human figure, yet mostly consists of the classic materials of stone or bronze, and is often joined to a pedestal. Yet Pillhofer often breaks these rules, too, thereby succeeding in expanding the constants of sculpture. His questions range into neighbouring areas such as drawing, collage, and further into movement when he develops sculptures with which to perform on stage.



This exhibition is not a representative survey, rather it is the single view of several key questions formulated by Pillhofer in a most intriguing way. The fact that Josef Pillhofer led the masterclass at the Kunstgewerbeschule Graz from 1970 to 1981 makes him and his work even more significant. Honouring his work in this exhibition will reveal surprising insights, perhaps not yet known to this extent. The works for this show will in part come from the Neue Galerie collection, but loans will also be exhibited that come from the artist’s estate and have rarely been shown before, in some cases never.

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Josef Pillhofer, "Sitzender nach links", 1968,
Josef Pillhofer, "Sitzender nach links", 1968,

Private collection, photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


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Josef Pillhofer, „African dancer“, 2004,
Josef Pillhofer, „African dancer“, 2004,

Gouache on paper, 48.7 x 62.7 cm, private collection, photo: UMJ/N. Lackner © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Afrikanische-Taenze-2004.jpg (1.39 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, „Dreifarbig“, 1988,
Josef Pillhofer, „Dreifarbig“, 1988,

Collage, colored paper and pencil on paper, 48,9 x 59,5 cm, private collection, photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Dreifarbig-1988.jpg (1.7 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, „Figure“, 2002,
Josef Pillhofer, „Figure“, 2002,

Collage, acrylic, pencil on handmade paper, 74.5 x 50.4 cm, private property, photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Figur-2002.jpg (1.92 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, "Small Layered Head (Small Dynamic Layering)," 1964-68,
Josef Pillhofer, "Small Layered Head (Small Dynamic Layering)," 1964-68,

Bronze, 22.4 x 20 x 8.7 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Kleiner-Schichtenkopf.jpg (0.63 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, „Head of Maria Lassnig“, 1958/59,
Josef Pillhofer, „Head of Maria Lassnig“, 1958/59,

Bronze, 30 x 41 x 30 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Kopf-Maria-Lassnig-1958-59.jpg (1.12 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, „Münster, Neuberg“, 1963,
Josef Pillhofer, „Münster, Neuberg“, 1963,

Charcoal on tinted paper on colored paper, 43.4 x 62 cm, private property, photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Muenster-Neuberg-1963.jpg (1.23 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, "Standing, right repetition of the same figure in silhouette form", 1961,
Josef Pillhofer, "Standing, right repetition of the same figure in silhouette form", 1961,

Ink and charcoal on paper, 44 x 31 cm, private property, photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Stehender-rechts-Wiederholung-1961.jpg (1.47 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, „Architectural piece I”, 1995,
Josef Pillhofer, „Architectural piece I”, 1995,

Powder-coated aluminium sheet on copper plate, 35,5 x 19,5 x 20 cm, Private collection, Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Architekturstueck-I-1995.jpg (0.75 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, “Sheet metal architecture (Tower, square)”, 1995,
Josef Pillhofer, “Sheet metal architecture (Tower, square)”, 1995,

Aluminium sheet on aluminium plinth, 72 x 72 x 167 cm, Private collection, Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Blecharchitektur-1995.jpg (0.76 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, “Black head”, 2001,
Josef Pillhofer, “Black head”, 2001,

Iron (8 mm), on iron plinth, varnished black, 29 x 19 x 39 cm, Private collection, Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Schwarzer-Kopf-2001.jpg (0.67 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, “Sitting figure”, 1962,
Josef Pillhofer, “Sitting figure”, 1962,

Bronze, 30 x 30 x 47 cm, Private collection, Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Sitzender-1962.jpg (0.87 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, “Tectonic fold-out II, black version”, 1996,
Josef Pillhofer, “Tectonic fold-out II, black version”, 1996,

Aluminium sheet, painted, 44 x 39 x 19,5 cm, Private collection, Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Tektonische-Aufklappung-II-1996.jpg (0.65 MB)

Josef Pillhofer, “Shifting (Thrust)”, 1996/2006,
Josef Pillhofer, “Shifting (Thrust)”, 1996/2006,

Bronze, smoothened and polished, 31 x 15 x 11,5 cm, Private collection, Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Vienna, 2021


Josef-Pillhofer-Verschiebung-Verschub-1996-2006.jpg (0.83 MB)

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