Otmar Alt - The raven at the Centre of World History
On 24th July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to step onto the moon. 500 million people followed this event on TV screens. As the images of the moon landing were broadcast around the world the artist Otmar Alt was 27-years-old. His first success and recognition by art critics sees the beginning of an extraordinary career.
Born in 1942, Otmar Alt has lived and worked since the end of the 1970s in an old farmhouse near Hamm in North Rhine-Westphalia. Although predominantly abstract at the beginning of his career in the course of time his works have become increasingly more figural. He is a veritable multi-talent, working in painting, graphics, sculpture, ceramics, glass, illustration and stage design – overall Otmar Alt’s work is imbued with his own energy and joy in experimentation. A fountain of inexhaustible fantasy leads him evermore to new pictorial creations. Those attracted by Otmar Alt’s art will encounter the unmistakeable, joyfully colourful works in many locations: as sculptures in pedestrian zones, illustrations on telephone cards, coffee mug decorations, and in the collections of many a German museum.
Otmar Alt has created a cycle of pictures for the World Cultural Heritage Site at Völklinger Ironworks linking his own personal passage through life to historical events of the last 69 years. The 31 works take the observer on a journey through time ranging from the wonder of Berne, the moon landing, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attack of September 11.
A catalogue is being published for the exhibition Price:9,95 €