Opening: 29 January 2003, 7 pm
Welcome address and introduction: Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Exhibition: 30 January - 3 March 2003
Opening hours: daily 11 am - 6 pm
Aula and Exhibition spaces of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, A-1010 Vienna
In its new exhibition program, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna for the first time presents a comprehensive selection of works by the important Austrian sculptor Franz Xaver Ölzant. The occasion for this show entitled "Time and Again", which spans the artist's oeuvre from the early 1960s up to his most recent works, was given by Ölzant's retirement from his Academy professorship last year. Focusing on the aspect of temporality in Ölzant's oeuvre, "Time and Again" features series of works and sequential pieces that accentuate the process nature of art production itself.
Even his early works from the 1960s when Ölzant began to break free from the model of the human body show a consistent manner of addressing categorical aspects of sculpture. In the later 1970s, Ölzant concentrates on the interplay of surface and volume in his work. His sculptures are created from punctured planes that are folded into space, prompting unexpected associations as, for example, with sculptures by Tony Cragg. The survey of his works also includes his most recent pieces of barbed wire or rattan, in which sculpture gains contour only as a bundle of lines in space.
In these "spatial drawings", Ölzant clearly indicates the significance of temporal phenomena in his work. The show illustrates yet another aspect of temporality by consciously assembling pieces made of widely different materials: plaster, which appears much sketchier than bronze, is worked with entirely different methods than used in stone sculpturing, but, as a transitory material, also calls for a "translation" into bronze which endows the piece with permanence.
Seen as a whole, "Time and Again" is a first-time attempt to outline the complex temporal, formal, and material frame of reference that the work of this very independent mind and sculptor Franz Xaver Ölzant has articulated itself over the past decades.
Franz Xaver Ölzant
born 1934 in Oberzeiring, Styria, Austria | 1955-1958 studies at the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna | 1972-1976 Chief Sculptural Designer of the Austrian Federal Theaters' Association | 1980 Visual Arts Achievement Award of the City of Vienna | 1986-2001 head of the Master School for Medal Engraving and Small Sculptures at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna | 1990 Visual Arts Achievement Award of the Province of Styria
1964 Künstlerhaus Wien | 1977 Appel und Fertsch Gallery, Frankfurt | 1983 Rupertinum, Salzburg | 1989 Neue Galerie at the Provincial Museum Joanneum, Graz | 1993 Neue Galerie of the City of Linz | 1996 Austrian Cultural Institute, Milano | 1999 Kunsthalle Krems | 2001 Unter freiem Himmel [Under the sky], sculpture in the park of Ambras Palace, Tyrol
Program of events taking place in the exhibition spaces
Monday, 3 March 2003, 7 pm
Figuren und Findlinge [Figures and Field Stones]
A conversation about the work of Franz Xaver Ölzant
with Elisabeth Samsonow (professor of Philosophical and Historical Anthropology of the Arts, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) and Otmar Rychlik (art historian and curator), Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen (presentation)
Translation: Michael Strand