Haus der Kunst

Franz Erhard Walther

Shifting Perspectives

06 Mar - 02 Aug 2020

Franz Erhard Walther
Attempt to be a sculpture, 1958
Collection of The Franz Erhard Walther Foundation
Photo: Egon Halbleib
Franz Erhard Walther Foundation Archives
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
PRESENCE, 2020
The Coincidence of History
Digital artwork
Haus der Kunst, 2020
Photo: Maximilian Geuter
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther
ich war draußen, 1958
Franz Erhard Walther Foundation
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther
Raumabnahme Blau, 1997/98
Collection of The Franz Erhard Walther Foundation
Photo: Jens Rathmann, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Franz Erhard Walther Foundation Archives
VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther
Yellow sculpture, 1969/79
cotton fabric, wood
305 x 800 x 60 cm, 16 parts
Franz Erhard Walther Foundation
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther
Red disc with four bands, 1963
Wood, cotton fabric with ribbons
Disc: 190cm; 1,7cm stark
Ribbons: 200 x 3,5cm
Franz Erhard Walther Foundation
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther. Shifting Perspectives
Installation view
Haus der Kunst, 2020
Photo: Maximilian Geuter
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther. Shifting Perspectives
Installation view
Haus der Kunst, 2020
Photo: Maximilian Geuter
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther. Shifting Perspectives
Installationsansicht / Installation view
Haus der Kunst, 2020
Foto: Maximilian Geuter
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther. Shifting Perspectives
Installationsansicht / Installation view
Haus der Kunst, 2020
Foto: Maximilian Geuter
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Franz Erhard Walther. Shifting Perspectives
6 March - 2 August 2020

Franz Erhard Walther (*1939 in Fulda) – winner of the Golden Lion at the 2017 Venice Biennale – is a key figure in the departure from the image since the European postwar period. Beyond the classical understanding of sculpture and painting, Walther formulated a completely new concept of work that included the viewer as an actor.

Already in his early work, Walther dealt with the coincidental and the processual as design principles in various media. At the same time, fabric – until then an unusual artistic material – became a source of innovation for Walther, from which the “activation objects” emerged. With the key work Four Body Forms (1963), the body became a motif. Between 1963 and 1969, Walther created the First Work Set, which consists of 58 activatable pieces that place the viewer in extraordinary interpersonal situations. The First Work Set was Walther’s breakthrough in 1969, when he presented it at the "Spaces" exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Under the influence of Pop Art, Walther's textiles became increasingly colorful. In the wall formations of the 1980s, he achieved an incomparable interweaving of painting, sculpture, and architecture that continues to this day.

Some of the exhibits can be worn or entered. In this way, they challenge the viewer's understanding of a traditional pictorial logic. The body becomes a medium in that it transforms life processes into images. In the main hall of the exhibition, work activations take place daily. Visitors are invited to participate and have their own personal experiences with Walther's work.

Curated by Jana Baumann

An exhibition in collaboration with the Franz Erhard Walther Foundation.

Work activations in cooperation with the Munich-based initiative TanzQuelle.
 

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