Franz Erhard Walther. Shifting Perspectives

6 Mar 2020 — 29 Nov 2020

Franz Erhard Walther inszeniert sich selbst im alter von 19 Jahren als Wasserspeiner. Er sitzt im Schenidersitz vor einer Schüssel und versucht eine Mischung aus Wasser und Mehl im hohen Bogen in sie hineinzuspucken.
Franz Erhard Walther, Versuch, eine Skulptur zu sein, 1958, Collection of The Franz Erhard Walther Foundation Foto: Egon Halbleib Franz Erhard Walther Foundation Archives © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 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, as he formulated a completely new concept of work that includes the viewer as an actor.
With the key work "Four Body Forms" (1963), fabric became a source of innovation for Walther and 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 MoMA 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.
In the main hall of the exhibition, work activations take place regularly.