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Alfred Hrdlicka

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Alfred Hrdlicka German pronunciation: ; 27 February 1928 in Vienna – 5 December 2009 was an Austrian sculptor, draughtsman, painter and artist His surname is sometimes written Hrdlička

After learning to be a dental technician from 1943 to 1945, Hrdlicka studied painting until 1952 at the Akademie der bildenden Künste under Albert Paris Gütersloh and Josef Dobrowsky Afterwards he studied sculpture until 1957 under Fritz Wotruba In 1960 he had his first exhibition in Vienna; in 1964 he attained international attention as a representative of Austria at the Venice Biennale, Italy

In 2008, his new religious work about the Apostles, Religion, Flesh and Power, attracted criticism about its homoerotic theme The exhibition was housed in the museum of the St Stephen's Cathedral of Vienna He taught many sculptors, such as Hans Sailer, Angela Laich and others


  • 1 Works selection
  • 2 Exhibitions selection
  • 3 Literature
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Works selection

  • Roll over Mondrian Etching, 1967
  • Friedrich Engels Monument in Wuppertal, 1981
  • Gegendenkmal at the Stephansplatz in Hamburg, 1985–86
  • Mahnmal gegen Krieg und Faschismus Memorial against War and Fascism on the Albertinaplatz in Vienna Sculpture, 1988–91

Exhibitions selection

  • 1960: Wiener-Kunsthalle, Zedlitzgasse, Vienna with Fritz Martinz
  • 1962: Künstlerhaus, Französischer Saal, Vienna with Fritz Martinz
  • 1963: Ausstellungspavillon Zwerglgarten, Salzburg organized by Galerie Welz
  • 1964: 32 Biennale Venice, with Herbert Boeckl
  • 2008: Werkschau in der Kunsthalle Würth Schwäbisch Hall
  • 2010: Belvedere Wien: Alfred Hrdlicka Unsparing!


  • Alfred Weidinger: Alfred Hrdlicka - Parallelwelten Biografische Notizen 1928-1964 In: Alfred Hrdlicka - Schonungslos! Bibliothek der Provinz, Weitra 2010, S 13–56
  • Bettina Secker: Alfred Hrdlicka-Neolithikum, Kindler, Munich, 1984


Hrdlicka was a talented chess player In 1953 Austria sent him to participate in the Student World Championship in Brussels


  1. ^ Harry de Quetteville, Outrage over Alfred Hrdlicka's Gay Jesus, The Telegraph, 7 April 2008
  2. ^ Reinhold Würth bei hr info, 13 April 2008, 25:15 Min, MP3-Datei
  • 3 J Weidenfels, "Hrdlicka, Sculptor, Citoyen", in: Art in Society, issue # 10 http://wwwart-in-societyde/AS10/AH/Hrdlicka-1Ahtml

External links

  • Official website
  • Monument against War and Fascism in Vienna Austria See a video of his most important monument in Vienna
  • Alfred Hrdlicka at the aeiou Encyclopedia in German
  • Galerie Ernst Hilger | Images of works of Hrdlicka
  • Sculptures by Alfred Hrdlicka
  • Furor, debate over Jesus orgy drawing

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