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#OMVSponsoring: „Josef Pillhofer“ Retrospective at the Leopold Museum

Fotocredit: Helmut Baar, Josef Pillhofer in seinem Atelier in der Böcklinstraße, um 1952 © Archiv Atelier Josef Pillhofer Foto: Leopold Museum, Wien/Manfred Thumberger © Helmut Baar/Imagno/

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his death in 2020 and his 100th birthday in 2021, the Leopold Museum is honoring Josef Pillhofer with a comprehensive retrospective. The impressive exhibition, about one of the most important Austrian sculptors and drawers, is supported by OMV as a long-term sponsor and partner.

Josef Pillhofer in dialogue with Cezanne, Giacometti, Picasso and Rodin

The exhibition, with around 140 exhibits, follows various complexes of motives and themes that provide an insight into his multi-faceted sculptural, but also graphic work. Due to his affinity for nature, the artist assumed realistic conditions in his figure representation. On the other hand, non-representational objects made of vague geometric shapes, tending towards abstraction, occupy an important space. In his works, the aspects of reduction as well as dealing with spatiality, tectonics, rhythm and proportion always play a central role.

With around 50 other works, for example by Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, Aristide Maillol, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Edgar Degas or Fritz Wotruba, Josef Pillhofer's sculptures enter into a dialogue with those outstanding protagonists of sculptural modernism, whom he highly valued and who were indispensable for his metamorphosis into an autonomous artist.

The exhibition can be visited in the Leopold Museum up to October 10, 2021. Here you can find more detail information about this and other exhibitions at the Leopold Museum.