Alfred Hrdlicka

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Alfred Hrdlicka
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Alfred Hrdlicka (2005)
Born27 February 1928 Edit this on Wikidata
Vienna Edit this on Wikidata
Died5 December 2009 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 81)
Vienna Edit this on Wikidata
OccupationSculptor, painter, printmaker Edit this on Wikidata
  • City of Vienna Prize for Fine Arts (sculpture, 1967) Edit this on Wikidata
Website Edit this on Wikidata

Alfred Hrdlicka (German pronunciation: [ˌalfʁeːt ˈhʁdlɪtʃka]; 27 February 1928 – 5 December 2009) was an Austrian sculptor, painter, and professor. His surname is sometimes written Hrdlička.

He was born in Vienna. After learning to be a dental technician from 1943 to 1945, Hrdlicka studied painting until 1952 at the Akademie der bildenden Künste under Albert Paris Gütersloh and Josef Dobrowsky. Afterwards he studied sculpture until 1957 under Fritz Wotruba. In 1960 he had his first exhibition in Vienna; in 1964 he attained international attention as a representative of Austria at the Venice Biennale, Italy.

In 2008, his new religious work about the Apostles, Religion, Flesh and Power, attracted criticism about its homoerotic theme.[1] The exhibition was housed in the museum of the St. Stephen's Cathedral of Vienna. He taught many sculptors, such as Hans Sailer, Angela Laich and others.

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  • Wolfgang Kermer: Wiener Blut am Weissenhof: die Stuttgarter Jahre Alfred Hrdlickas. Mit zwei Texten von Alfred Hrdlicka. [Stuttgart]: [Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart], 2008
  • Alfred Weidinger: "Alfred Hrdlicka - Parallelwelten. Biografische Notizen 1928–1964." In: Alfred Hrdlicka - Schonungslos!. Bibliothek der Provinz, Weitra 2010, S. 13–56.
  • Bettina Secker: Alfred Hrdlicka-Neolithikum, Kindler, Munich, 1984


Hrdlicka was a talented chess player. In 1953 Austria sent him to participate in the Student World Championship in Brussels.[citation needed]


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