Franz Erhard Walther Germany, b. 1939
At the beginning of the 1980s, Franz Erhard Walther expanded his set of works into "usable" wall formations. Accompanied by explanatory watercolours, these partly wall-filling fabric objects can be understood as multi-part, room-filling sculptures, as architecture or as sculptural pictorial forms. Walther gave the "theatrical" aspect of Minimal Art, which results from the physical confrontation between viewer and artwork, a substantially new quality by configuring the viewer as a reflective actor in his wall formations. In doing so, the recipient can actively experience essential parameters of sculpture such as measurement, time, space and weight, which were articulated by early Minimal Art in the static, unusable object.
All works are handmade by his former wife since the very beginnings.
Franz Erhard Walther studied in the early 60s in Düsseldorf along with Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.
2017 Leone d'oro, Biennale di Venezia
x_minimal | curated by Friederike Nymphius14 May - 2 Oct 2021x_minimal (across minimal) is a cross over survey of minimalistic tendencies from the late 70es until today. Each of the selected artists has developed a signature style, which distinguishes his work as an independent artistic position. Despite all differences between the single artists in terms of media, form of expression...