Otto Boll (*1952)

Born in 1952 in Issum/Geldern, Otto Boll studied under the guidance of the abstract artist Ernst Hermanns in Münster between 1975 and 1980. His filigree sculptures made of blackened metal, hovering in the stillness of space, are characteristic of his work. He invites and challenges the onlooker in a special way to perceive his linear sculptures in space, ranging from slender structures to an extreme thinness that approaches nothingness.

Otto Boll’s works are kept in several well-known private and public collections, among others, in the collection of the Deutsche Bank, the collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, etc. The sculptor has received some of the most appraised German awards and grants throughout his career and currently lives and works in the Lower Rhine region.

 

 

1952 Born in Issum/Geldern

 

1975 – 1980 Study at Abteilung für Kunsterzieher Münster der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Professor Ernst Hermanns

 

1980 Caspar-von-Zumbusch-Award

 

1981 – 1982 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff-Scholarship

 

1981 Award of the Kulturkreis im Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie (BDI), Award of the Jürgen Ponto 

 

Foundation, winner of the city of Recklinghausens's art prize 'junger westen'

 

1990 Piepenbrock-Award for sculpture

 

Lives and works in the Lower Rhine region

1984 Exhibition of the scholarship holder of the Karl Schmidt-Rotluff-Foundation, Brücke-Museum, Berlin

 

1995 Schweben - Antigrav in der Plastik, Skulpturen Museum Marl

 

1996 Unterwegs, Städtisches Museum Recklinghausen

 

1998 Goethe-Institut, Houston

 

2007 Back and Forth 01, Villa Grisebach, Berlin

 

2009 Linien stiller Schönheit, Museum DKM, Duisburg

 

           In-Finitum, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

 

2012 Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp

 

2014 Konzept-Form-Raum, Schönewald Fine Arts, Düsseldorf

 

2015 Allez les Boules, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

 

           Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

 

           Clear Form, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki

 

2015-2016 In Space - Works by Otto Boll, Galerie Dierking, Zurich

 

2017 Sculptures, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki

           Otto Boll, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong

 

           Ernst Hermanns und sechs Preisträger aus siebzig Jahren. 70 Jahre junger westen, Museum DKM,  Duisburg