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Court art, Alfred (1942-2004) - Armstrong, 1968

Court art, Alfred (1942-2004) - Armstrong, 1968

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Hofkunst, Alfred (born December 30, 1942 in Vienna; - July 17, 2004 in Montet-sur-Cudrefin) 'Armstrong' 1968, framed.


Realistic drawings, extremely precise depictions of details in views that deceive the eye, were a form of court art expression. With fine drawing lines, sometimes on large-format surfaces, he translated a different view of the image's content in a humorous, ironic way. An original-sized image of his studio ceiling and walls as a drawn installation was first exhibited on August 25, 1972 in the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum Eindhoven and was also shown at documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977.[2] The study of Lake Neuchâtel, in which he recorded 30 large-format color drawings with light reflections on the lake surface over the seasons, was shown at the Kunsthaus Aarau in 1980. Court art caused a worldwide sensation with the Swatch “vegetable clocks” “Gu(h)rke”, “Verdu(h)ra” and “Bonju(h)r”.[3] The exhibition “One Hundred for Jean,” which was first shown in Lausanne in 1988, was also shown at the Museum of Art and History in Freiburg in 2002. Niki de Saint-Phalle, Tinguely's partner, donated the works to the canton of Friborg. Works by Alfred Hofkunst are represented in many collections and museums in Switzerland and other countries, such as: Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne; Winterthur Art Museum; Graphic Collection Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

1963,1968,1969: Federal Art Scholarship
1968: Scholarship from the Kiefer-Hablützel-Foundation, Lucerne
1971: 1st prize at the “Xe Biennale de Sao Paulo”
1972: Grand prize at the graphic exhibition “Bianco e Nero” in Lugano

Dimensions: 101 x 62 cm

Provenance: Private collection Bern

Impeccable in preservation

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