Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Rose" (2012), silver-plated version
Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Rose" (2012), silver-plated version

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 199 copies | numbered | signed | silver-plated tin alloy | size 7 x 9.5 x 9 cm (h/w/d) | weight approx. 1.7 kg

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Sculpture "Rose" (2012), silver-plated version
Ottmar Hörl: Sculpture "Rose" (2012), silver-plated version

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Sculpture "Rose" (2012), silver-plated version

"I am an artist who deals with serial structures, with systems of sequences; only when a certain number is reached it is getting interesting as an image," says Ottmar Hörl about his art. And so the artist has already populated Nuremberg's main market square with 7,000 hares (2003), set up the market square in Wittenberg with 800 Luther figures (2010), filled the emperor's court of the Residenz in Munich with 2,000 white and blue lions (2015) or brought 10,000 owls to Athens on the occasion of the 2004 Olympic Games.
In the Herzogplatz square in Zweibrücken, he set up roses. The context: The German city of Zweibrücken is known as the "Rose City". There, in one of the largest gardens in Europe, more than 60,000 roses in 2,000 different varieties grow.
Yet the rose has always been more than just a flower: it has been a symbol since antiquity. Christian iconography defines it as a symbol of paradise, love, poetry, wisdom, beauty and transience. It is also the ambiguity that makes them so fascinating for artists.

Following Ottmar Hörl's art project in Zweibrücken, we have produced a numbered and signed special edition of 199 copies made of heavy, fine silver-plated tin alloy. Size 7 x 9.5 x 9 cm (h/w/d). Weight approx. 1.7 kg. ars mundi Exclusive Edition.

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Portrait of the artist Ottmar Hörl

About Ottmar Hörl

Ottmar Hörl (born 1950) is one of the most important contemporary German artists.

His sculptural work deals with the theme of standardisation and the equalisation of everyday objects that surround us in so many ways in our lives. But he does it in an extremely humorous way, and his "exhibitions" resemble magnificent spectacles when, for example, he "carries" a giant swarm of owls to Athens, sets up hundreds of bears in front of the Brandenburg Gate or displays 1,000 meerkats on a "staff outing" - all made of brightly coloured plastic.

"Concentrated in a square or distributed in the urban space, my installations become visual as well as tangible obstacles. They are meant to trigger reflection, a moment of pause."

His most famous action was dedicated to the artist Dürer and his world-famous watercolour of a hare. In 2003, no more and no less than 7,000 rabbits filled the main market square in Nuremberg for the "Great Rabbit Piece".

From 1975 to 1979 Ottmar Hörl studied at the Städelschule Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt am Main, and from 1981 at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts as a student of Klaus Rinke. In 1985 he founded the group "Formalhaut" with the architects Gabriela Seifert and Götz G. Stöckmann. In the early 1990s, Hörl was a visiting professor at the Graz University of Technology. Since 1999 he has held a professorship for fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, and between October 2005 and October 2017 he was president of the academy.

Through his works, Hörl is engaged with the aesthetics of everyday culture. He defines the term as an "organisational principle" and detects this principle in his environment, in which many objects of daily use are standardised and normed.

His works can be found in many national and international collections. Ottmar Hörl lives and works in Nuremberg and Wertheim.