Josef Kostner

Josef Kostner, born 1933 in Ortisei – Gardena valley

With the eyes in the sky

by Francesco Butturini

Two images come to mind when I think of Josef Kostner’s works: his slight, yet penetrating grin and the landscape that seems to be born of that grin. They are two apparently distant existential facts, which are actually deeply permeated with each other, because in order to understand his sculpture and graphic art, you have to understand the time and situation in which the sculpture and graphic art where created.

They seem to be the fruit of desperation, or of a dark vision of the world, pervaded with hostile mysteries, deformed shapes that have emerged from their inner selves, fears and anxieties.

But none of this is true.

Kostner’s sculpture and graphic art are the fruit of a knowing vision of the world and life, of a subtle and ironic attention that acknowledges the roughness of everyday existence and life. They are not expressions of the fear of it and do not turn daily life away, with its anxieties, expectations, pain and joy. They accept everything with the wisdom of time and memory, which cancels nothing and mitigates everything.


Personal exhibitios of Josef Kostner

1960 Gallery Ruscel, St. Ulrich

1965 Gallery Goethe, Bozen

Gallery Selene, Cortina d`Ampezzo

1968 Gallery Domenicani, Bolzano

Gallery Ruscel, St. Ulrichi

1974 Mostra d`Ert, St. Ulrich

1981 Gallery Willi, Vilpian

1983 Gallery Domenicani, Bozen

1994 Gallery Prisma, Bolzano

Istituto Culturale Micurà de Rü, S. Martino Badia

1995 Gallery Ghelfi, Verona

1996 Albergo Tirol, Val di Funes

1999 Staatliches Museum, Klausen

2000 Gallery Prisma, Bozen

Tiroler Kunstpavillion, Innsbruck

Gallery am Gries, Lana

2001 Gallery Volksbank, Meran

2002 Kaiserliche Hofburg, Innsbruck

Gallery im Kies, Altach – Feldkirch

2008 Atelier im Kärrnerwaldele, Landeck

2009 Digart, St. Ulrich

2010 Circolo Artistico, St. Ulrich

2010 presentazione della monografia Digart,St. Ulrich

2010 Gallery Prisma, Bolzano

2010 Österliche Skulpturenausstellung in Campo von Brenzone auf dem Gardasee

2010 Gallery Ghelfi, Verona

2011 Labyrinthgarten Kränzelhof, Tscherms

2011 Ragenhaus, Bruneck

2011 Weihnachten in Campo von Brenzone auf dem Gardasee

2012 Gallery Maier Innsbruck

2012 Gallery Pizzinini S. Kassian

2012 Fussgängerzone Meran

2012 Weihnachten in Campo von Brenzone auf dem Gardasee

2013 Fussgängerzone St. Ulrich zum 80. Geburtstag

2013 Gallery Maier Innsbruck zum 80. Geburtstag

2015 Gallery Spazio 6 Verona


Community exhibitions

From 1950 to 1968 he take part regular at the exhibitions of the "Kreis für Kunst und Kultur" in St. Ulrich.

With the Art Group „Ruscel” he exhibit in Bozen, Trient, Brixen, Innsbruck, Wien, München, Florenz, Ancona and Rom.

1957 alla Mostra Regionale d`Arte Sacra, Ancona

1958 Regionale Kunstausstellung, Bozen

1960 Provinzielle Ausstellung in St. Ulrich und Bozen

1964 Nazionale Krippenausstellung, Rom (1. Preis)

1965 Mostra Premio Bozen (ausgezeichnet)

Wettbewerb für eine Skulptur im Institut Artigianelli, Reggio Emilia (2. Preis)

1966 ,Der Menschliche Kopf in der Sculptur”, Innsbruck (1. Preis)

1967 Biennale ,, Premio Bolzano”

Galerie ,, Ucai”, Brescia

,,Kunstpavillon”, Innsbruck

1967 e 1968 Concorso ,,Francesca da Rimini”

1968 e 1969 Biennale Naz. Arte Sacra

Contemporanea ,,Premio Federico Motta“ a Roma, Bologna e Milano

1971 Fr. – Bair. Berufsverband, Gersthafen (Ger.)

1980 Bildhauer des Südt. Künstlerbund

1981 Internazionaler Kleinplastikwettbewerb, Innsbruck (3. Premio )

1987 Sassaferrato Palazzo Oliva

1997 Pittura – Grafica –Sculture del Südtiroler Künstlerbund

1999 Presenze Oggi, Centro Culturale ,,C. Trevi” Bozen

2003 Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur, Bad Ragaz e Vaduz –Svizzera

2005 Museum Gipsotek Canova, Possagno (Ala Nuova e Parco)

2008 ,,Simbiosis” Südtiroler Künstlerbund

Parallelevents to Manifesta 7, Bozen

2010 Art Forum Bologna, St. Ulrich

2011 ,, Figura” Forte di Fortezza Una storia della scultura in Alto Adige/Tirolo/Trentino dopo il 1945

2012 5° Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur Bad Ragaz

2014 Disegno degli Scultori LanaART & Kunsthalle Eurocenter Lana Kuratrice Camilla Martinelli

2015 Web ART Treviso Sara Stuflesser, Josef Kostner und Gregor Prugger

2015 3Dimensionale Josef Kostner, Magnus Pöhacker, Simone Turra, Castello di Castelbello

2015/16 ``Köpfe am Korber Kopf´´ Skulpturenrundweg in der Gemeinde Korb ( Deutschland )


Public Works

Municipality of St. Ulrich

Province Bozen

Messner Mountain Museum castle Firmian


Bibliography

L`Adige 10.04.1981, Personale Vilpian. - M. Dall`Aglio

Adige 12.12.1981, Artisti gardenesi. - Claudio Gualandri

Distel 04. 05.1982, Josef Kostner. - Josef Gasteiger

Dolomiten 25.06.1982, Eppan, Prielhof. - Josef Unterer

A. Adige 01.10.1982, Eppan, Prielhof. - Claudio Gualandri

A. Adige 02.03.1982, Circolo Artistico d`Arte Ortisei. - Claudio Gualandri

Dolomiten 03.03.1982, Mostra d`Arte Ortisei - Luis Mahlknecht

Dolomiten 10.04.1983, galeria Domenicani Zeichnungen - Josef Unterer

L`Adige 13.04.1983 Galleria Domenicani - M. Dall`Aglio

Z.E.T. 13.02.1994

F.F.Südtiroler 3. 29-01.1994

Was 17.02.1994 - Josef Unterer

Dolomiten 02.02.1994 - Josef Unterer

Sudt. Profil 28.02.1994 - Josef Unterer

Il Mattino 06.02.1994 - Pierina Rizzardi

A. Adige 28.01.1994

1994 R.A.I. Bolzano ,,Das Portrat“ Josef Kostner Television

Rai T.V. Ladina 02.1994 Documentario Josef Kostner

1995 Catalogo curato da Francesco Butturini Edizione Ghelfi Verona

1995Arena di Verona di Francesco Butturini

Contemporart Edizione Ghirlandina Novantola Modena, Scultura Josef Kostner - Francesco Butturini

1997 Pittura – Grafica – Scultura del Südtiroler Künstlerbund

1999 Presenze Oggi, Testimonianze topiche nelle arti della visione - centro Culturale ,,C. Trevi” Bolzano

1999 Rai Ladina “ Ert y Cultura” Georg Demetz

2000 Catalogo di disegni di Josef Kostner contribuito dalla Giunta Provinciale di Bolzano

2000Tiroler Kulturzeitschrift ,, Das Fenster” . Das Tiroler Porträt, Josef Kostner – Scultore, Pittore e Disegnatore di Wolfgang Pfaundler

2001 Rai Ladina“ L liber da piz a cianton“ Ruth Bernardi

2003 2. Schweizerische Triennale della Scultura a Bad Ragaz e Vaduz

2006 Rai Ladina “ L liber da piz a cianton” Ruth Bernardi

2006 Arte Triveneta Volume 2 , a cura di Ottorino Stefani. Edizione d`Arte Ghelfi Verona

Dolomit Antologia Ladina EVE Verlag Landeck

2007 ,,Cun lizenza“ Poesie e disegni di Josef Kostner - Istituto ladino Micurà da Rü

2007 Rai Ladina “ Ert y Cultura“ Leo Senoner

2007 TV Ladina “ Trail “

2008 ,, simbiosis“ Südtiroler Künstlerbund

2008 Rai Ladina “ L liber da piz a cianton “ Ruth Bernardi

Sculptur Parallelevents to ,,Manifesta 7 “ Bolzano

Arte Italiana Contemporanea - Editrice ,,La Ginestra“ Firenze

2010 Rai Ladina “ Ert y Cultura “ Leo Senoner

2010 TV Ladina “ Trail “

2010 “ Zacan cuntovi ” racconti e annotazioni di Josef Kostner Istituto Ladino Micurà de Rü

2010 Monografia Josef Kostner Editore Giorgio Ghelfi, Verona

2011 R.A.I. Bolzano ,, Kulturzeit” trasmissione a cura di Traudi Missini

2011 Südtirol Heute trasmissione a cura di Sigrid Silgoner


Writer over Josef Kostner :

Claudio Gualandri, Helga Kutscha, Dr. Edith Moroder, Dr. Kristian Sotriffer, Edith Scherer, Mario Dall`Aglio, Rudolf Moroder, Gottfried Masoner, Giancarlo Josimi, Friedrich Kostner, Riccardo Toccaceli, Marcus Vallazza, Robert Scherer, J. H. Riedl, Jaques Virbon, Josef Unterer, Pierina Rizzardi, Luis Mahlknecht, Josef Gasteiger, Jürgen Kipper, Francesco Butturini, Pier Luigi Siena, Ilse Thuile, Max Bona, Georg Demetz, Mario Gudezzo, Siglinde Hirn, Eva Gratl, Lara Toffoli, Luigi Meneghelli, Heinrich Schwazer, Valentine Kostner, Josef Maier – Gallerie Maier Innsbruck, Helga Reichart, M. Brüggeller, Vera Meneguzzo.

Art Newspaper :

- DAS FENSTER, una curata bibliografia di Wolfgang Pfaundler.

- PARNASS 2014, articolo a cura di Edith Schlocker “Mit geballten Fäusten”



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