SCULPTURES IN THE PARK

Sculptures in the Park links the inimitable atmosphere of the baroque castle with contemporary object art and extends an invitation to the visitor to embark on an artistic tour through the gardens of the castle, where art and nature complement each other in a very special way.

The history of sculpture in Burgenland, Halbturn Castle is embedded in the art history of the federal state after 1945 – a history in which sculpture played a very special and important role. Karl Prantl and Rudolf Kedl, two artists born in Burgenland, ventured into nature as early as in the 1950s and began working in the orangery as well as the castle park of Eisenstadt – an ideal way of liberating their sculptures from the sterile environment of the museum.

Sculpture by Kurt Spitaler

The creative process leading to a sculpture and the reception of sculptures were both redefined.
Together with a group of like-minded artists, Karl Prantl founded the “Symposion Europäischer Bildhauer in St. Margarethen” in 1959. The idea was received enthusiastically the world over and spawned other initiatives in Austria and on an international level.
By and by, other artists discovered Burgenland for themselves. Neumarkt an der Raab in southern Burgenland, in particular, became a popular place for artists.

One of the most outstanding artists from the Neumarkt group was the sculptor Walter Pichler.
Pichler, born in Deutschnofen in South Tyrol, was already a globally renowned artist when he came to Neustadt an der Raab. He settled in the neighbouring village of St. Martin, where he would create the main body of his work. He often spent several years on the creation of his works, for which he built their own rooms or buildings.
Another unique artistic event initiated by Franz Gyolcs should be not ignored in this context:
“The Bridge of Andau” in close proximity to Halbturn.

About 10 kilometres away from Andau, a narrow wooden bridge spanned the Einser Canal. Between the wars and after World War Two, the people of Andau used it to get to Hungary. In the months after the uprising in Hungary in 1956, Hungarians crossed the border the other way.
In 1992, the “Gesellschaft für internationale Verständigung – die Brücke von Andau” association was founded. From 1992 to 1996, the association organised international symposiums for artists in Andau. The sculptures emerging from these workshops were placed along the one-time escape route from Andau to the Einser Canal.
The road, 10 kilometres long, became a unique sculpture gallery people could walk and drive upon – a visible sign that stands for the “rejection of violence, intolerance and inhumanity, hatred and racism”.

Sculptures by Daniel Bucur

The exhibition SCULPTURES IN THE PARK organised by Dr. Silvie Aigner and Mag. Astrid Zinniel takes up the special history of sculpture in Burgenland after 1945 and carries it forward. “Sculptures in the Park” presents a synopsis of established forms and more contemporary positions. New tendencies in sculpture are presented.

Visitors can experience the sculptures while taking a walk through the expansively laid-out park. In combination with contemporary art, the baroque castle and its history can be viewed in a fresh way, from a different angle.
“Sculptures in the Park” adds another intriguing programme item to the comprehensive and exciting events at Halbturn: from exhibitions and concerts to Lipizzaner horse shows.

This project is supported by

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Current sculptures in the Park:

DANIEL BUCURDANIEL BUCUR
Studium der Mechanik an der Kunstschule “Scoala Pupulara de Arte”, Fachgruppe Skulptur, Universität Kronstadt (Brasov). Lebt und arbeitet in Gols, Burgenland.
Faszination-Isolation, 2008, Eiche, 335 x 95 x 95 cm
Pakt, 2014, Esche, 440 x 60 x 60 cm
Umkehr, 2007, Eiche, 430 x 60 x 60 cm
Übereinstimmung, 2010, Eiche, 305 x 40 x 40 cm


Sigfried Charoux_200x200SIEGFRIED CHAROUX
* 1896 in Wien, † 1967 in London, war ein österreichisch-britischer Bildhauer, Maler, Zeichner und Karikaturist. Er war beeinflusst von Rodin und Lehmbruck und emigrierte 1935 nach London wo er auch verstarb. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_Charoux
Harmonie, Steinguß, 1943
Freunde, Steinguß, 1943
Sommertag, Steinguß, 1946


THOMAS GÄNSZLERTHOMAS GÄNSZLER
* 1982 Wien, Studium an der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien. Lebt und arbeitet in Wien und in Gattendorf, Burgenland. www.baeckerstrasse4.at
Pult, 2013, Holz, Metall, Lack


JOHANN FEILACHERJOHANN FEILACHER
* 1954 Villach, Kärnten, Studium in Graz. Seit den 1980er Jahren bildhauerische Tätigkeit, Leiter des Hauses der Künstler in Gugging (NÖ). Lebt und arbeitet in Wien und Seitzersdorf /Wolfpassing, Niederösterreich. www.feilacher.com
Redwood 2, 2010, Mammutbaum, 370 x 74 x 74 cm
Großer Keil, 2011, Eiche, 300 x 82 x 70 cm


FRANZ GYOLCSFRANZ GYOLCS
* 1960 in Andau, Burgenland, Steinmetzlehre in Eisenstadt, Bildhauerei HTBL Hallein, Hochschule für angewandte Kunst. Lebt und arbeitet in Andau, Burgenland.
Landschaftsbild,  2013, 2,40 x 1,60 x 10 m,  Schwarzeisen


JULIE HAYWARDJULIE HAYWARD
* 1968 Salzburg, Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien. Lebt und arbeitet in Wien. www.juliehayward.com
SBKT190508, 2010, Krastaler Marmor, Metall


Talos Kerl auf Schloss HalbturnTALOS KEDL
* 1967 in Wien, aufgewachsen im Burgenland. Erlernen der künstlerischen Techniken der Metall- und Steinbearbeitung im Atelier des Vaters, Rudolf Kedl. Lebt und arbeitet in Wien und in Markt Neuhodis Burgenland. www.talos-kedl.at
Flora ex Machina, 2009, Kupfer
Gladiator, 2009, Kupfer
Mutter Erde, 2007, Kupfer


MAX M. SEIBALDMAX M. SEIBALD
* 1968 Lienz, AT, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien, Studium am Istituto Universitario di Architettura, Venezia. Lebt und arbeitet in Wien und Kroatien.
Futtertrog, 2015, Aluminium, Beton


KURT SPITALERKURT SPITALER
* 1966 in Bruck/Mur, aufgewachsen in Judenburg (Stmk) und Großbuch (Ktn), Studium der Bildhauerei an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste bei Bruno Gironcoli (1999 Diplom)www.kurtspitaler.at
0,9 – 0,75m3, Holz, Seil, genäht 2009