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Werner Pokorny

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Werner Pokorny
Werner Pokorny; Photo: Gabriele Pokorny
1949born in Mosbach
1971-76Studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe
1974-76Studies at the University of Karlsruhe
1988Guest residency Villa Romana, Florence
1989Scholarship of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg
1989-90Guest professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe
Since 1998Professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
2006Participation in the Busan Sculpture Project, Busan Biennale, Busan
2013Hans-Thoma-Prize, State Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg
 2013 Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg for Visual Arts
2007 - 2011/2012 - 20181st chairman of the Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg
2014Foundation of the Werner-Pokorny-Foundation
2017Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg
2022died on 31. 12. in Ettlingen
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
2019Kunsthalle Schweinfurt
2018Kunstverein Das Damianstor Bruchsal e.V.
Pokorny. Streile. Schmidt: Space..., Kunstverein Kunsthaus Potsdam
Cultural Estate Hirtscheid, Hirtscheid
Cultural Center Zehntscheuer, Rottenburg
Oerlinghausen Art Association
Marburger Kunstverein (with Werner Schmidt)
2017Kunsthalle, Ahlen
Kleihues Museum, Kornwestheim
2016Sculpture Park Heidelberg
Schlichtenmaier Gallery, Stuttgart
2015Kunstverein Gütersloh
Monastery Bad Schussenried
2014Kunstverein Mannheim
District Savings Bank Esslingen
2013Kunstverein Ludwigsburg
Hans-Thoma-Preis, State Prize of Baden-Württemberg for Visual Arts,
Hans-Thoma Art Museum, Bernau im Schwarzwald (K)
Municipal Gallery Offenburg
2012Balance, ev. hospital Königin Elisabeth Herzberge,
Charité Berlin (with Piet Kroke)
Project space Knut Osper, Cologne
Werner Pokorny - Sculptures in the Park, Mörfelden - Walldorf
2011Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart
Gallery Titus Koch, Castle Randegg, Gottmadingen (with Uwe Lindau)
Werner Pokorny - Drawing, Heart Center Bad Krozingen
BACK TO 'THE ROOTS, with David Nash, Jinmo Kang and Unen Enkh, Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen
Werner Pokorny, H2 -Center for Contemporary Art at the Glaspalast, Augsburg
2009Werner Pokorny - Sculptures, Art Museum Celle with Collection Robert Simon Schwarz, Neue Galerie Gladbeck
Peter Pabst and Werner Pokorny, A meeting in Bonndorf Castle, Bonndorf
Werner Pokorny- Sculpture and Drawing, Society of Friends of Young Art, Baden-Baden
2008Werner Pokorny at the Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Werner Pokorny - of houses and vessels, Kunsthalle Darmstadt
Werner Pokorny- sculptures and drawings, project space Knut Osper, Cologne
2007Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
Municipal Art Museum Singen
Kunstverein Germersheim (with Hans-Michael Franke and Erich Reiling)
Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart (with Platino)
2006Werner Pokorny-Daniel Sigloch - sculpture-photography, project space Knut Osper, Cologne
2005Mönchehaus Museum Goslar
SüdWestGalerie, Niederalfingen (blueOrange art award, VR Bank Aalen)
2004Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Castle Dätzingen
Neckar-Odenwald Art Association, Mosbach
2003Werner Pokorny, the wood sculptures, Saarland Museum Saarbrücken
Kunstverein Eislingen
2002Heilbronn Municipal Museums
Morat Institute, Freiburg
2001Paul-Gerhardt-Church, Cologne-Lindenthal
2000Art circle Tuttlingen
Holzwege 2, (with Martina Geist and Martin Noël), Municipal Gallery "the Ferry", Bad Saulgau
1999Friedrichsbau, city of Bühl
Kunstraum Akademie, Catholic Academy Weingarten
Hans Thoma Society, Reutlingen Art Association in the Municipal Museum Spendhaus Reutlingen
Städt. Galerie am Markt, Schwäbisch Hall and "Forum" of Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall
Art in the clinic, (with Artur Stoll), Bad Krozingen
1998with wood, Werkstattgalerie Heidelberg (with Hans Münch and Werner Schaub)
1997Bielefelder Art Association, Bielefeld
Marstall of the Residence Castle Rastatt (with Hartmut Gampp)
Forum Art, Rottweil
1996Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg
Hallescher Kunstverein, Halle
Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg
Hallescher Kunstverein, Halle
Ritterhausmuseum Offenburg
9 steel sculptures in the castle garden Bruchsal, art association "Das Damianstor", Bruchsal
1995Städt. Gallery Göppingen (with Stefan Pietryga and Wolfgang Bier)
Art Association Upper Neckar, Horb-Dettensee
Château de Rohan, Saverne, France (with Hartmut Gampp)
1994Municipal Museum, Engen (with HP Harr)
Art Association Würzburg
Sculpture in the city, Kunstverein Göppingen
Decentral 2, Siemens AG Stuttgart
Kunstverein Lüneburg
Municipal Gallery Wendlingen am Neckar
SDR Mannheim
The Spitalplatz as exhibition space, Kunstverein Göppingen
1992Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart (with Rolf Urban)
Artists' Circle Ortenau, Offenburg
Art Forum Schorndof
 Group exhibitions (selection)
2019What's up?!, Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Castle Dätzingen, Grafenau
2018Gallery Schlichtenmaier, 40 years Gallery Schlichtenmaier in Castle Dätzingen
Amstetten, Gottmadingen, Thayngen, Bad Schussenried, Strasbourg
Dominican Museum Rottweil
2017Dominican Museum Rottweil
Museum Villa Haiss, Zell a. H.
Städt. Gallery Karlsruhe
Society of Friends of Young Art, Baden-Baden
Kirchzarten Art Association
Dominican Museum Rottweil
2016Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Castle Dätzingen
Art Association Rastatt
Gallery of the S-BC Foundation - pro arte Biberach
2015Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Castle Dätzingen
Cultural Foundation Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V., Dilsberg
Konschthaus, Luxembourg
6th Swiss Triennial of Sculpture, Bad Ragaz and Vaduz (CH)
Sculpture Mile, Bruchsal
Society of the Friends of Young Art, Baden-Baden (Germany)
Gallery for Modern Art, Oberbillig
Willy Brand House, Berlin
Künstlerbund Baden Württemberg, Städt. Gallery Karlsruhe
Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart
2014Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch
Forum Art Rottweil
City Gallery Markdorf
Gallery of the City of Tuttlingen, Tuttlingen
Municipal. Gallery Villingen-Schwenningen
KSK Rottweil
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M.
Art award of the VR-Bank Aalen, Schloss Fachsenfeld
Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe Ettlingen and Museum Ettlingen, City Space Ettlingen
2013Kunsthalle Göppingen and Kunstverein
Wilhelmshöhe, Ettlingen
Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Castle Dätzingen
Sculpture Park in the Prinzengarten, Sigmaringen
Biennale internazionale di Scultura. Racconigi 2013,Piedmont, Italy
Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart
Kunstverein Neuhausen and Kunstverein Gästezimmer, Stuttgart
Museum im Deutschhof and Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn
2012The large sculpture park, Deutscher Künstlerbund, project space Berlin
Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Orangery
Art Association Germersheim
Artists' Association of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
Gottmadingen - Randegg Castle, Bad Schussenried -
New Monastery, Markdorf - City Gallery,
Randegg (Austria) - Kulturwerkstadt Meyerhof
2011Haus der Sparkassenversicherung, SV Art Foyer, Stuttgart
Akademie der Bild. Künste Stuttgart, State Gallery Stuttgart
Museum Ettlingen
2010Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
As the crow flies Karlsruhe Budapest, Karlsruhe Castle Park
Society of Friends of Young Art, Baden-Baden
Randegg Castle, Randegg (A), Thayngen (CH)
Haus der Kunst Munich, Munich
Museum for Contemporary Art, Durlach
District Savings Bank Rottweil
The visual vocabulary of the sculptor Werner Pokorny is as catchy as it is complex. It revolves primarily around the house as a symbol of human existence, in extreme intensification even as a cipher for the 'I'. As an enclosure, the house finds its complement in symbolic vessels such as bowls or vases. Originally sawn from blocks of wood and sometimes fire-blackened, which underscored the archaic context of the original hut, the material semantics expanded from the mid-1980s to include steel and finally bronze, which on the one hand allowed for greater lightness, but on the other hand also a partly playful, partly retrospective visual language. The house stands for protection, shelter, preservation, but can also point to the opposite of confinement and restriction. In the formal confrontation Pokorny, professor emeritus of sculpture, cancels out the static and stability of the house and thus - on the interpretive side - makes the self the fatefully delivered subject, at the same time the play module of an experimental arrangement.
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