Walter Kölbl

Walter Kölbl stands for a preference for solid materials, strict concepts and the highest precision in the execution of his work. He is regarded as a sculptor who works constructively and conceptually, creating visual structures in the form of sculptures or mural works based on geometric systems.
"... his sculptures, objects and architectural spatial solutions are characterised by clear forms and colours. Paired with his own specific exactness and extreme precision" [Rosa Maria Plattner].
"... his works bring matter and concept closer together without giving up their individuality. In this way both elements enter into a connection, the particularity of which is based on decisions made by the artist".
[Prof. Reiner Zettl]

Since 1987 freelance artist; lives and works in Vienna.


period             events & highlights
1986-1987 State Scholarship
1980-1986 University assistant at the Technical University in Vienna, at the Institute for Plastic Design and Model Making
1980 Completion of the study of metal design
1977 "Rome award", austrian Cultural Institute
1976 Start of a second study in metal design with Carl Auböck
1975 Diploma; award of the university of Applied Arts
1969-1976 University of Applied Arts in Vienna, sculpture with Hans Knesl and Wander Bertoni
1963-1966 Apprenticeship carpenter / joiner; graduated with distinction / excellence
1948 born at Hard (Vlbg.)

Solo exhibitions (selection)

period               Title exhibition, gallery, site
2020 "legale Winkel", NN-Fabrik, Oslip (Bgld.) - (in Koop. Galerie Hrobsky Wien)
2013 Sommerausstellung "Walter Kölbl", Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz
2013 aller Art, Bludenz
2011 be kind remind, Galerie.Z
2008 Querstrich, Galerie.Z
1996 die Dunkelheit bringt die Wahrheit ans Licht, Feldkirch
Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz
1995 Orthogone, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz
1993 Orthogone, Galerie b. d. Albertina, Wien
1990 Walter Kölbl. Skulpturen, Secession Wien
1989 Kölbl – Plastiken, Künstlerhaus Wien
1987 Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz
1983 Walter Kölbl. Plastiken, Künstlerhaus
Exakte Tendenzen. Raumkonzepte Schloß Buchberg / Kunstraum
1982 Walter Kölbl. Plastiken nach 75, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis
1977 Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Stuttgart
1978 österr. Kulturinstitut, Rom
1976 Hommage à O.K., Secession Wien
Zeichnungen und Plastiken, Künstlerhaus Wien
1975 Zeichnungen und Plastiken, Künstlerhaus Wien

Group exhibitions (selection)

period               Title exhibition, gallery, site
1980 Sculpture Live, Künstlerhaus
Intelligenz der Hand, XX-er Haus, Wien
1984 Österr. Kunst, München - wien - Berlin
1985 KH-Wien in der Galerie A. Feenyes, Budapest
Österr. Gegenwartskunst, Sofia - Tiflis - Zagreb
1986 Nahe Ferne, Galerie Insam
Galerie auf der Stubenbastei
1987 Geometrien aus Österreich. Schloß Buchberg am Kamp, Kunstraum Buchberg
1988 Skulpturen, Mollis (CH)
1991 Konzept 1, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis
Skulpturen-Sommer, Kunstraum Dornbirn
1996 Walter Kölbl, Joanna Kirk. Neue Mitglieder der Berufsvereinigung, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn u. Taxis, Bregenz
1997 Rhein-Art 97, Verein FLUSS, Installation
KV aller Art, Bludenz
2001 behruz heschmat. Grenzen, Künstlerhaus, Vortrag
2002 Skulptur - Objekte - Positionen, Künstlerhaus
2005 natur (skul)p(t)ur, Künstlerhaus
Peter Skubic, Künstlerhaus
Marchesa Luisa Casati. Unendliche Vielfalt, Berufsvereinigung Bildender Künstler Vorarlbergs
2006 Leslie de Melo. Coming out of Nowhere going Somewhere, Künstlerhaus
2007 Herbert Albrecht und Zeitgenossen
2009 different.ways.2.Sculptures, Kunstverein Kärnten
different.ways.2.Sculptures, Th&Taxis, Bregenz
different.ways.2.Sculptures, Museum Rohnerhaus, Lauterach
2013 Zeichnen Zeichnen, Künstlerhaus
art alive B, Galerie im Turm
2014 Bildhauer und ihre Zeichnungen, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis
2016 NA:ALSO, Kunstwerkstatt Tulln
"3 Bildhauer", Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz

Works in public space

"concrete wall" - Kurt Heller Hof

Entrance foyer of the  main building der TU Wien

Conversion of the domed hall of the main building of the TU Wien

"Concrete wall " at Kurt-Heller-Hof, Wien 1020

Generali Foundation: On permanent loan to - Museum of Modern Arts Salzburg


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