Etchings, Drawings and Sculptures
March 11 till June 2, 2019
The austrian sculptor, drawer and graphic artist Alfred Hrdlicka (*1928) died ten years ago in December 2009 in Vienna. For this reason the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Berlin in collaboration with Galerie Ernst Hilger (Vienna) presents an exhibition with his works about the revolution.
During the second half of the 20th century there was hardly another sculptor more politically engaged than Alfred Hrdlicka. His couriousness, talent for observation and extensive knowledge is reflected in his strong and talented pictorial language and artistic expression. With his drawings showing atrocity, perversions and imaginations of violence, Hrdlicka forces the viewer to show attitude on important issues.
To Hrdlicka the human is a suffering victim and also a compulsive being. The historical incidents, Hrdlicka often presented in his graphical cycles, always refer to the present and therefore are of frightening currency. Käthe Kollwitz and Hrdlicka share their interest in revolutionary issues as well as their virtuous mastery of graphic techniques.
In the current exhibition the Kollwitz Museum Berlin presents parts of Hrdlicka‘s cycles about the French Revolution from 1986/87 and about the Revolution of 1848 from 1998. The artist saw something boundless, (…) allusions, that also relate to this century in the French Revolution. The exhibited sculptures thematise more general the injuries and the vulnerability of the people. Even in the mythological figure of singer Orpheus Hrdlicka recognized a human being torn by doubt.
Beginning of the 70s Hrdlicka became famous in Berlin through the arrangement of the protestant community house in Plötzensee. Picturing a medieval dance of death, he wanted to remember the victims of the NS-regime and the threat to people through violence, power and arbitrariness.