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Harald Klingelhöller

Harald Klingelhöller (1954) uses letters, words and phrases as sculptural elements, employing a range of materials from paper to steel via cardboard and plaster. The titles of his works and the words he uses in his sculptures come from various contexts: press articles, verses from poems, vocabulary borrowed from medicine, and extracts from legal texts. Klingelhöller defines himself as “a flâneur in the language”, and the words with which he works are chosen for their “capacity to transfer the viewer into a different space”. His sculptures can be seen as the transposition in space of different characteristics of language, including the use of metaphor, intonation and pronunciation. An example of this process might be his use of repetition: “Repetition is necessary, as well as variation. There are no original words, so why would you focus on the concept of originality?”

The two works in the Mudam Collection concern the deconstruction of language. The elements that make up 38 Teile in Form von 19 Zeichen für Tisch and 25 Buchstaben der Worte „Einmal im Leben” (38 pieces in the form of 19 table signs and 25 letters from the words ‘once in life’) (1981) recall the shapes of characters from the alphabet and can be rearranged for each presentation of the work.

Artworks

  1. Harald Klingelhöller 38 Teile in Form von 19 Zeichen für Tisch und 25 Buchstaben der Worte “Einmal im Leben“, 1981

    Carton ondulé
    120 x 450 x 200 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2002
    Vue de l’exposition The Space of Word, 19.02.2009 – 25.05.2009, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo : Aurélien Mole | Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Harald Klingelhöller Sturm der Gewalt, wiederholt, 1995

    Papier, acier et basalte
    180 x 160 x 350 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Apport FOCUNA
    Acquisition 1997
    Vue de l’exposition The Space of Word, 19.02.2009 – 25.05.2009, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo : Aurélien Mole | Mudam Luxembourg

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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