Studio Georg Corner / Berlin
This is the most spectacular art work these days in Berlin: TRANSIT, the group of sculptures by Stadtschloss (city castle) sculptor Georg Korner with 1,120 clay figures at Tempelhof airport hangar 4.
|Clay sculptures by Georg Korner at former airport Tempelhof|
Dear M. Bellanger,
Georg Korner was working on the reconstruction of the large baroque picture programme for the Berlin Stadtschloss (city castle) façade for twelve years, a time in which he developed the idea of his own monumental art work: TRANSIT.
After he finished his city castle work he began modelling the first sculptures for TRANSIT. Now the artwork is complete and is being presented at Art Week Berlin 2018 to a broader audience for the first time, highlighting POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair (September 27 to 30, 2018) at hangar 4 of former airport Tempelhof.
Tightly close to each other, side by side as well as and one behind another, in a 45 degree angle and on 400 sqf, a bizarre sculptures programme aligns: diginitaries, saints, martyrs and prophets of any religion, delinquents of the Spanish Inquisition, stars, idols and icons of pop and rock culture, mythological figures, fighters and soldiers with gas masks, comic heroes like Batman and Bart Simpson, burqa-clad women, ritualistic and cult figurations, suicide bomber with explosive belt, figures from German history like the wounded Stalingrad soldier with naked torso and his face shot to pieces – satirizing Arno Breker’s work – and Leni Riefenstahl with hand camera. In between you’ll find average people once and again. They all are in transit, passing from one side to the other.
Georg Korner biography:
1954: Born in Plauen/Germany, childhood in Dresden and Berlin, 1973 high school diploma.
1975 to 1983: stonemason and sculptor education in Berlin.
1977 to 1985: work in a state sculpturing workshop in Berlin.
Since 1977: work as a restorer for Classicism and Baroque, collaboration at reconstruction of Berlin Gendarmenmarkt.
1987 to 1993: direction, set designer and spatial installations for off theatre project “Lautlinie”.
2012: collaboration with photographer Michel Comte for his movie “The Girl From Nagasaki”, Sundance Film Festival 2014.
2003 to 2015: conceptual sculptural project work for reconstruction of Berlin city castle.
While managing the sculptor workshop for the reconstruction of Berlin city castle in Berlin-Weißensee from 2003 until 2015, Korner studied the field of Baroque, especially the works of Luigi Bernini and his sons in Italy and the sculptural art of ancient Greece. He developed prototypes of all architecture axes and the Schlüterhof, among others he succeeded in creating a new original form for the Borussia, a monumental figure missing since the city castle’s demolition in 1950.
All models were created in Korner’s workshop.
Marcus Johst, studio Georg Korner, Uferstraße 8-11, D-13357 Berlin, Germany
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