Hermann Obrist

Sculpture I Space I Abstraction Around 1900

06.04.2009 - 07.07.2009
Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Museum Bellerive

Sculptor Hermann Obrist (1862-1927) was born in Kilchberg near Zürich. His oeuvre constitutes one of the most important contributions to art around 1900. From his studio in Munich, he pioneered Jugendstil, the German version of the Art Nouveau movement that aimed to combine the sophisticated craftsmanship of applied arts with fine-arts aesthetic demands. Museum Bellerive and Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München have been the custodians of Obrist's estate. The two institutions now join forces to celebrate the significance of his oeuvre, presenting it to an international audience for the first time. Obrist's work is still chiefly associated with the arts and crafts movement of the turn from the 19th to the 20th centuries. To redress this imbalance, all aspects of the oeuvre are presented, highlighting both the artist's explicitly modern role and his mastery of the media of his day that enabled him to create such accomplished works.