Karl Prantl (1923-2010)

Karl Prantl is one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. He founded the European Sculpture Symposium in St. Margarethen, Austria, and his work made a major national and international impact on the understanding of sculpture.

Prantl was an autodidact in the field of sculpture. After studying under Albert Paris Gütersloh at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, he turned towards the field of sculpture from the mid-1950s onwards. Henceforth stone became the dominant material in his œuvre.

Landscapes and nature not only became Prantl's favourite workplace, together with the theme of borders, but these became the central elements in his works. In his home-town of Pötsching many of his sculptures are placed along a long, narrow field – the intention being to emphasize the history of the region's former strip farming. The eye is guided through the sculptures towards the hills, where the border between Austria and Hungary lies in the distance.

Prantl always tried to break down barriers between different cultures and countries, and he used his art as an expression of this intention.

1923 Born in Pöttsching, Austria


1946 – 1952 Studies at the academy of fine arts in Vienna 


1953 Moved to Vienna


Artists group Der Kreis 


1962 German critics award in the devision fine art


1968 Prize of the city of Vienna for fine arts


2005 Austrian medal of honour for science and art


2007 Sparda-Bank Southwest Prize for special achievements of art in the

public space


2008 great Austrian state prize for fine art


2010 dies in Pöttsching, Austria

1955 Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz

1960 Junge Galerie, Vienna

1961 Galerie Krzywe Kolo, Warsaw

1962 New Vision Center Gallery, London

1967 Gallery Staempfli, New York 

          Studio UND, Munich

1969 Solo-show, Galleria Milano

1971 Aarauer Kunsthaus

          Galerie Zähringer, Berne

1972 Österreichisches Kunstzentrum, Vienna

1973 Galerie Verna, Zurich

1977 Galerie S. Fischer, Baden-Baden

1978 Samuel Stein Fine Arts, Chicago

1980 Kunsthalle, Kiel

1981 Kunstverein, Frankfurt on the Main

1983 Kunsthalle, Hamburg

1986 Biennale Venice

1991 Galerie am Lindenplatz, Liechtenstein

          Kunsthalle Schaan, Nuremberg


1994 Einzelausstellung, Sculpture Park, Yorkshire

1998 Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris

2001 Tschechisches Museum, Prague

2004 Museum Morandi, Bologna

2007 LABORATORIUM, Institut für Aktuelle Kunst im Saarland

2014/2015 Karl Prantl, Albertina, Vienna