Karl Prantl (1923 - 2010)
Karl Prantl, born in 1923 in Pöttsching, Austria is one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. He founds the European Sculpture Symposium in St. Margarethen, Austria, and his work makes a major national and international impact on the understanding of sculpture. Prantl is an autodidact in the field of sculpture. After studying painting with Albert Paris Gütersloh at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1952, he turns towards the field of sculpture from the mid-1950s onwards. Henceforth stone becomes the dominant material in his œuvre. In this time he is associated to the Vienna Artists group Der Kreis.
Prantl receives important Artprizes as German critics award in the devision fine art in 1962 , the Prize of the city of Vienna for fine arts in 1968 , the Austrian medal of honour for science and art in 2005, the Sparda-Bank Southwest Prize for special achievements of art in the public space in 2007 and finally the great Austrian state prize for fine art in 2008.
Landscapes and nature not only become Prantl's favourite workplace, together with the theme of borders, but these become 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 tries to break down barriers between different cultures and countries, and he uses his art as an expression of this intention. Karl Prantl dies in 2010 in Pöttsching.
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 Single exhibition 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 2017 Tu Felix Austria! Hans Bischoffshausen, Arnulf Rainer, Karl Prantl. Galerie Salis & Galerie Dierking @ Art Cologne 2018 Karl Prantl - Meditation, Galerie Dierking, Zürich