Josef Pillhofer

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Exhibitions and work in public places

"My work has taught me that the determination of a final form depends on the notion of an inner centre to which all pictorial relationships must be assigned. The outline, the silhouette, is the boundary, which is determined from within   and the mass of matter to a harmonious appearance."
Meine Arbeit hat mich gelehrt, dass die Bestimmung einer endgültigen Form von der Vorstellung eines inneren Zentrums, dem alle bildnerischen Verhältnisse zugeordnet sein müssen, abhängt.
Der Umriss, die Silhouette, ist die Begrenzung, welche von innen her bestimmt wird  
und der Masse der Materie zu einem harmonischen Erscheinungsbild verhilft.
excerpt from: Aphorisms by Josef Pillhofer © - Susanna Tabaka-Pillhofer (artist's estate administration)


2010 - 1921 most important events / waypoints
2010 - 1960 countless national and international exhibitions, symposia and creation of large sculptures in public space
2008 Opening of the Josef Pillhofer Skulpturenhalle Neuberg with the exhibition "Josef Pillhofer. Reality and Abstraction"
2006 acquires an old sawmill hall in Neuberg and begins to build its own sculpture hall
1982 - 1984 he becomes supportive full professor for artistic design at the Technical University of Graz
1970 - 1981 he becomes professor at the department of sculpture at the School of Applied Arts in Graz and leads a master class
1968 Award of the Austrian State Prize
1959 together with the art theorist Heimo Kuchling and artists such as Oswald Oberhuber, Adolf Frohner, Otto Muehl, Matthias Kohn and Joannis Avramidis, he founded the association "Die Gruppe 59" (Group 59)
1956 Participation in the Venice Biennale; award of the Dr. Theodore Korner Prize;
1954 -1970 Assistant lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
1954 Participates in exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the "Exposition internationale de sculpture contemporaine" in the Musée Rodin, Paris, and "9 scultori austriaci" in the Galleria Numero, Florence
1950 - 1951 Studies at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière with Ossip Zadkine; maintains intensive contacts with Constantin Brancusi, Henri Laurens, Alberto Giacometti and Serge Poliakoff
1950 Awarded the State Prize of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
1946 - 1951 Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Professor Fritz Wotruba
1938 - 1941 attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Graz, sculpture class of Professor Wilhelm Gösser
1921 born on 1 June in Vienna, grew up with his parents in Mürzzuschlag, Styria

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