Ottmar Hörl

Born in 1950 - Germany

BIOGRAPHY

Ottmar Hörl is a German conceptual artist born in 1950 in Nauheim, Germany. Sculptures, installations, photographs and conceptual objects are part of the panoply of this versatile artist. From 1978 to 1981 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Düsseldorf. He currently lives and works between Wertheim, Frankfurt and Nuremberg.

He acquired international fame thanks to his radical and avant-garde artistic concepts and his large scale projects involving sculptures in public spaces.
He is considered an offensive strategist who militates for a new type of art and who wants to implant his artistic vision everywhere while promoting the democratization of sculpture, like nobody else did it before.

His important contribution to fine arts has earned him several awards, the last one being the CREO Innovation Award by the German Society for Creativity in May 2015. Hörl is a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts of Nuremberg and became its chairman in 2005. He is also a founding member of the group called "Formalhaut".

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EXHIBITIONS

2016 WELT-RAUM-FORSCHUNG , [World-Space Exploration], art Karlsruhe

2015 Penguin-Festival, Zoo Edinburgh (GB)
Grenzen überwinden – 25 Jahre Deutsche Einheit [Overcoming Boundaries – 25th anniversary of the
German reunification], sculptural project of the Einheitsmännchen , Wiesbaden, Berlin, Hofgeismar,
Schwerin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt
Franz Josef Strauß, sculptural project on the occasion of the 100th birthday, München
Harkort, Bahnhofsvorplatz and Platz am Harkortsee, Wetter(Ruhr)
Weiter Gebrüllt [Roar on], Kunsthalle Schloss Seefeld
Löwengrube [Lion's den], Galerie Kampl, München
Gut gebrüllt – Bayerische Löwen [Well Roared – Lions from Bavaria’s Palaces and Castles], sculptural project at the Munich Residence
Einheitsmännchen [Unitiy Man], Sculptural projects on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the
German reunification, Wiesbaden, Berlin, Hofgeismar, Schwerin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt
Fotokonzepte und Skulptur [Photographical Concepts and Sculpture], Bode Project Space, Daegu (KOR)

2014 Luther trifft Zwingli [Luther Meets Zwingli], Wasserkirche, Zürich (CH)
Einfach [Simple], Galerie Mariette Haas, Ingolstadt
Der springende Punkt [the Salient Point], Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Art Karlsruhe
1000 Architekten [1000 Architects], Architektur Biennale Venedig, Palazzo Loredan dell’Ambasciatore, Venedig
Goethe, sculptural project, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
Karl der Große [Charlemagne], sculptural project to commemorate the Year of Charlemagne celebrated in Aachen in Katschhof, Aachen

2013 DO IT YOURSELF, Kunstverein Kohlenhof [Kohlenhof Art Society], Nuremberg
Wagner dirigiert Bayreuth [Wagner Conducting Bayreuth], sculptural project at the Festival Park, Bayreuth
Handlungsanweisung [Instruction for Action], Zitrushaus, Ansbach
Der Künstler Kaspar Hauser [Kaspar Hauser, the Artist], sculptural project, Ansbach
Karl Marx, Porta Nigra, Trier
Der grüne Zweig [The Green Twig], sculptural project, Kunst im Kloster [Art in the Abbey], Mariaberg
Frühstück im Grünen [Luncheon on the Grass], sculptural project, Götzenhain
Poisoned, sculptural project, MAG by Galerie post+García, Maastricht (NL)

2012 Offline Shop, Galerie Klimczak, Viersen
Zaunkönig [Wren], DavisKlemmGallery, Frankfurt
Ort der Engel [Place of the Angels], sculptural project, Götzenhain
Little Rosefield, Galerie Kunstmassnahmen, Heidelberg
Ottmar Hörl – Berge versetzen [Moving Mountains], Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell (CH)
Grüße an Gertrude [Greetings to Gertrude], Herzogsaal, Stadtmuseum [Municipal Museum], Zweibrücken
1.000 Rosen für Zweibrücken [1,000 Roses for Zweibrücken], sculptural project, Herzogplatz, Zweibrücken
Brushes, Galerie Kampl, Munich

2011 Hasenstück [Piece of Hare], Galerie Abtart, Stuttgart
Homestory, sculptural project, Karl-August-Jung-Platz, Gartenstadt Haan
Bild-Störungen [Image Interferences], Städtisches Museum [Municipal Museum], Engen
Grüß Gott [God Bless], sculptural project in the park surrounding Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot
DERLUTHERKOMPLEX [THELUTHERCOMPLEX], FFFZ Kulturforum, Düsseldorf
Requiem für Vincent II [Requiem for Vincent II], Museum Jan Cunen, Oss (NL)
Bullock, Sculptural project, Oss/North Brabant (NL)
Blijf Alert, Artlease Contemporary Art, Utrecht (NL)
multiples, Galerie Liehrmann, Liège (B)
Hier stehe ich … [Here I Stand …], Martin Luther Forum Ruhr, Gladbeck
Requiem für Vincent [Requiem for Vincent], Städtische Galerie [Municipal Gallery], Neunkirchen

2010 Dance with the Devil and other Beings, Galerie Bose, Wittlich
Meisterstücke [Masterpieces], Galerie Lefor-Openo, Paris (F)
Mimikry, Galerie Martin Krebs, Berne (CH)
Verwandlungen [Metamorphoses], Galerie Mariette Haas, Ingolstadt
Martin Luther: Hier stehe ich ... [Martin Luther: Here I Stand ...], sculptural project, market square of Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Galerie Maria Kreuzer, Amorbach
Frechheit siegt [Brashnes Rules], Galerie Ricarda Fox, Mülheim an der Ruhr
300 Seelöwen [300 Sea Lions], sculptural project, Aquarius Wassermuseum [Water Museum], Mülheim an der Ruhr
Begegnungen [Encounters], PAN kunstforum niederrhein, Emmerich am Rhein
Zweifel [Doubt], Galerie Abtart, Stuttgart
Hörl, Museum für Stadtgeschichte [Museum of Municipal History]/Kunsthandlung [Art Shop] Josef Springmann, Freiburg
Meisterstücke [Masterpieces], Galerie Kasten, Mannheim

2009 Ort der Engel [Place of the Angels], sculptural project on the occasion of the 18th KunstWeihnachtsBaum
[ArtChristmasTree], Götzenhain
Engel über München [Angels over Munich], sculptural project at Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche [Church of the Holy Cross], Munich-Giesing
Dance with the Devil, large-scale sculptural project in Ludwigsplatz square, Straubing
Anmerkungen [Annotations], Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Trier–Berlin
Dame mit Hermelin – Geben und Nehmen [Lady with Ermine – Giving and Taking], large-scale sculpture
in St Mary Magdalene Square, Krakow (PL)
Betriebsausflug [Works Outing], sculptural project at Hohenkarpfen, Hausen ob Verena
Zwergenaufstand in Grünhöfe [Revolt of the Gnomes], video film project, Bremerhaven
Die Möpse der Markgräfin [The Margarvine's Pugs], Neue Galerie des Kunstvereins Erlangen [New Gallery of
Erlangen Art Society]
Galerie Kampl, Munich
Meisterstücke [Masterpieces], KunstRaum Bernusstraße, Frankfurt
Ottmar Hörl, DavisKlemmGallery, Frankfurt
Alles in Ordnung [Everything in Order], Villa Bosch, Radolfzell/Lake Constance

2008 Multiple Choice, Jonas Gallery, Brussels (B)
Dance with the Devil, sculptural project, Lineart Ghent, Maisenbacher Art Gallery
Le monde enchanté [The Enchanted World], Shimoni Gallery, Montigny-lès-Metz (F)
Broken Wings, Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag (NL)
Gruß an Bayreuth [A Greeting to Bayreuth], sculptural project with Newfoundland dogs, Rathausplatz
Broken Wings, Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Trier-Berlin
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Viersen
Moderne Skulptur [Modern Sculpture], Galerie Erhard Witzel, Wiesbaden

2007 Goldrausch [Gold Fever], Galerie Mariette Haas, Ingolstadt
Wetzlarer Kunstverein [Wetzlar Art Society], Wetzlar
Das Huhn, das goldene Eier legt, sollte man nicht schlachten [You Shouldn't Kill the Hen that Lays the Golden Eggs],
Baden-Württembergische Bank, Stuttgart
Der Hessische Löwe [The Hessian Lion], large-scale sculptural project in front of the Hessian Prime Minister’s Office, Wiesbaden, Kranzplatz
Guardian Angel, Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Trier-Berlin
Teddy – Der vergessene Traum [Teddy – The Lost Dream], sculptural project, Mörfelden-Walldorf
Weltanschauungsmodell I [Worldview Model 1],Art & Photography, Berlin

2006 SchwarzWeiss [Black and White], Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich
L’île dorée [The Golden Island], Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Trier-Berlin
Jakob, sculptural project, Schweinfurt, City Hall, Kunstverein Schweinfurt [Schweinfurt Art Society]
Multiples by Ottmar Hörl, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam (NL)
L’île dorée [The Golden Island], Arsenal, Metz (F)
fifty / fifty, Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna (A)
Ottmar Hörl, Art Academy – Galerie für Bildende Kunst, Dresden
Ottmar Hörl, Galerie Lefor-Openo, Paris (F)
gnome-connection, Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Trier–Berlin
Geheimnisträger [Bearers of Secrets], sculptural project, Art Karlsruhe

2005 100 Zwerge zum 100sten! [100 Gnomes to Mark 100 Years!], Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren
Der Rottweiler [The Rottweiler Dog], sculptural project, Kunststiftung Erich Hauser [Erich Hauser Art Foundation] and city centre of Rottweil (in cooperation with Forum Kunst Rottweil)
Frischlinge [Young Wild Boars], sculptural project, Moorenbrunn/Nuremberg
Steckenpferd [Hobbyhorse], sculptural project in the town of Neuburg an der Donau
Requiem für Vincent [Requiem for Vincent], Art & Photography, Berlin
Le Chat Botté [Puss in Boots], large-scale sculptural project, Place des Vosges, Epinal (F)
Ottmar Hörl, La lune en parachute, Epinal (F),
Venus von Offenburg [Venus of Offenburg], sculptural project in Offenburg
Ottmar Hörl, Kunstverein Offenburg [Offenburg Art Society]
Landschaft mit Raben [Landscape with Ravens], sculptural project, Bückeburg castle grounds
Picasso meets Warhol, Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Trier
Galerie Mathias Kampl, Munich

2004 Weltfremd [Unworldly], Art Studio, Deinste
Ottmar Hörl, Galerie Mariette Haas, Ingolstadt
Ottmar Hörl, Kunsthalle Galerie Oliver Zimmermann, Koblenz
Der weiße Fleck von Koblenz [Uncharted Territory in Koblenz], sculptural project in Koblenz
Ottmar Hörl, Musée de l’Ardenne, Charleville-Mézières (F)
Arthur Rimbaud, sculptural project, Place Ducale, Charleville-Mézières (F)
Eulen nach Athen tragen [Carrying Owls to Athens], sculptural project for the Olympic Games in Athens (GR)
Richard Wagner für das 21. Jahrhundert [Richard Wagner for the 21st Century], sculptural project for the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Kunstverein Bayreuth [Bayreuth Art Society]

2003 Das große Hasenstück [The Large Hare Piece], large-scale sculpture in Hauptmarkt square in Nuremberg
Pretty Things, Galerie Erhard Witzel
Nachdenken über Deutschland [Reflecting on Germany], Kunstverein Würzburg [Würzburg Art Society]
Biotope [Biotopes], Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim
Multiples, Galerie Parade, Amsterdam (NL)

2002 Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Viersen
Problemlösung [Problem Solving], Arsenal HKM 1, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
Neue Arbeiten [New Works], Galerie Erhard Witzel, Wiesbaden
La vache qui rit [The Laughing Cow], Espace Ernst Hilger, Paris (F)

2001 Schwarz auf Weiß [In Black and White], Kunst-Raum-Akademie Weingarten
Traumhaus [Dream Home], Art Galerie Leuchter & Peltzer, Düsseldorf
Vorletzte Konsequenz [Penultimate Conclusion], Galerie F, Giessen
Sprünge [Leaps], European Business School, Schloss Reichartshausen, Oestrich-Winkel

2000 Berlin — Bearlin, large-scale sculpture on Unter den Linden, Berlin
Traumhaus [Dream Home], Städtische Galerie am Markt [Municipal Gallery], Schwäbisch Hall
Trockenübung [Dry Run], sculptural project, Kunstverein Göppingen [Göppingen Art Society] Göppingen
Wiener Blut [Viennese Blood], Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna (A)
Entweder oder [Either Or], Kunstraum der Thurgauischen Kunstgesellschaft [Art Space of the Thurgau Society of Arts],
Kreuzlingen (CH)

1999 Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst [I see something that you don’t see], Kunstraum Habernoll, Götzenhain
Die Speisung der Fünftausend [The Feeding of the Five Thousand], project for the Eleventh International Lake Constance Festival

1998 Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Trier
Hydra, Forum Kunst Rottweil
Triade [Triad], ACP Viviane Ehrli Galerie, Zurich (CH)
Miniaturen [Miniatures], Galerie Axel Thieme, Darmstadt
Welcome, sculptural project on the occasion of the Munich Opera Festival
Im Gordischen Stil [In the Gordian Style], Wewerka Pavillon, Münster
Lindinger + Schmid, Regensburg
Galerie F, Bad Nauheim

1997 Art Studio 1, Deinste
Art Galerie Leuchter & Peltzer, Düsseldorf
Kunstbau (with Formalhaut), Architektur-Galerie am Weißenhof, Stuttgart
Eine Population [A Population], Galerie Schickler, Nuremberg
Weißblaue Geschichten [White and Blue Stories], Galerie Mathias Kampl, Munich
Galerie Cato Jans DER RAUM, Hamburg
Serienproduktion [Serial Production], Rüsselsheim municipal area
Streifen [Stripes], Galerie Kunst Parterre, Viersen

1996 Fingerübung [Finger Exercise], Kunstverein Kirchzarten [Kirchzarten Art Society]
Naturkunde [Nature Study], Galerie Vayhinger, Radolfzell-Möggingen
Materialprüfung [Materials Testing], Städtische Galerie [Municipal Gallery], Ravensburg
Sightseeing, Galerie Thieme + Pohl, Darmstadt
Monochrom für Enthusiasten [Monochrome for Enthusiasts], ACP Viviane Ehrli Galerie, Zurich (CH)
Schmutziges Gelb [Dirty Yellow], Kunstverein Ulm [Ulm Art Society]

1995 Galerie Thieme + Pohl, Darmstadt
Karin Bolz Galerie, Cologne
Second Hand, Galerie F, Giessen
Fotokonzepte [Photo Concepts], Lindinger + Schmid, Regensburg
Naturschauspiel [Natural Spectacle], Galerie Schickler, Nuremberg

1994 Landschaft für Sprinter [Landscape for Sprinters], Landesmuseum Oldenburg
Betriebsausflug [Works Outing], Brigitte March Galerie, Stuttgart
Babylon , Galerie Mathias Kampl, Munich
Fliegender Wechsel [Rolling Change], Seligenstadt municipal area
Galerie Axel Thieme, Darmstadt
Galerie Vorsetzen, Hamburg

1993 Eine Population [A Population], Lenbachhaus Kunstforum, Munich
Karin Bolz Galerie, Cologne
Brigitte March Galerie, Stuttgart
Galerie Mathias Kampl, Munich

1992 Galerie Axel Thieme, Darmstadt
Familientreffen [Family Gathering], Rüsselsheim municipal area
Eine Population [A Population], Galerie Kampl im Scharfrichterhaus, Passau
Lindinger + Schmid, Regensburg
Galerie Zörnig + Mock, Hannover

1991 Brigitte March Galerie, Stuttgart
Nature Morte, Galerie Transit, Louvain (B)

1990 Storefront for Art & Architecture (with Formalhaut), New York (USA)
Buildings, Galerie Vorsetzen, Hamburg
Galerie Schneider, Freiburg im Breisgau

1987 Caravan (with Formalhaut), Galerie Haffner, Munich
Galerie Hafemann, Wiesbaden

1986 Hylster [Cover] (with Formalhaut), Galerie ROM, Oslo (N)
Galerie Klot, Hamburg (with Formalhaut)

1985 Gelb-Syndrom [Yellow Syndrome], Galerie ak, Frankfurt

1983 Konstruktionen [Constructions], Galerie ak, Frankfurt
Ohne Untertitel – Konzepte [Without Subtitles – Concepts], Galerie ak, Frankfurt

1982 Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt (B)
Plastik [Sculpture], Galerie ak, Frankfurt
Blinker, Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven (NL)

1981 Die vergebliche Suche nach dem Glanz [Searching in Vain for Brilliance], Galerie ak, Frankfurt

1980 Oberflächen [Surfaces], Galerie ak, Frankfurt

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