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Oswald Oberhuber

Oswald Oberhuber's oeuvre originates from the spirit of informal art of the post-war period, art that no longer liked to adhere to classical principles of form and composition. Oberhuber contributed to this awakening with his informal sculptures. But the Tyrolean, born in 1931, soon went further: in 1956 he declared formlessness to be the general maxim of his artistic practice - and an attitude to life. He borrowed Leon Trotsky's concept of "permanent revolution" and made "permanent change" the watchword of his negation of aesthetic and social norms. In this way, his emerging life's work opened itself up to recurring leaps and transformations and moved with chutzpah across all media for six decades. In addition, Oberhuber was influential in cultural and educational politics and shaped artistic attitudes of several generations. The two-time documenta participant, who also represented Austria at the 1972 Venice Biennale, died in Vienna in 2020.

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