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.

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 - Gonfiore h36-48-30 1974   -   Tondeggiata h37-64-30 1974
Josef Kostner Gonfiore h36-48-30 1974 - Tondeggiata h37-64-30 1974
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 - Arrivato - bronze h 114 cm 1995
Josef Kostner Arrivato - bronze h 114 cm 1995
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 - Forma Vegetativa - bronze h 105 cm 1969
Josef Kostner Forma Vegetativa - bronze h 105 cm 1969
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 - Disperata - chalk drawing/ink 50 x 70 cm 1998
Josef Kostner Disperata - chalk drawing/ink 50 x 70 cm 1998
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 - Distrutta - chalk drawing/ink 50 x 70 cm 2000
Josef Kostner Distrutta - chalk drawing/ink 50 x 70 cm 2000
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 - Eroe - bronze h 120 cm 1990
Josef Kostner Eroe - bronze h 120 cm 1990
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 - Eva - bronze h 106 cm 1988
Josef Kostner Eva - bronze h 106 cm 1988
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 - Infiammata - chalk drawing/ink 50 x 70 cm 2009
Josef Kostner Infiammata - chalk drawing/ink 50 x 70 cm 2009
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 - Innamorati - ink/ water color 50 x 40 cm 1973
Josef Kostner Innamorati - ink/ water color 50 x 40 cm 1973
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 - Quiete - bronze h 45 cm 1972
Josef Kostner Quiete - bronze h 45 cm 1972
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 - Rilassata - bronze h 68 cm 1973
Josef Kostner Rilassata - bronze h 68 cm 1973
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 - Sfinge - ink/water color 50 x 40 cm 1971
Josef Kostner Sfinge - ink/water color 50 x 40 cm 1971
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 - crollata 1977 h62 86x52
Josef Kostner crollata 1977 h62 86x52
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 - Meisules 1970 h 57 78x31
Josef Kostner Meisules 1970 h 57 78x31
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 - Miniature 70s years  left h8 11,5x5 - right h7,5 15,5x5
Josef Kostner Miniature 70s years left h8 11,5x5 - right h7,5 15,5x5
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 - Miniature 70s years left h10,5 10x7 - right h6 18x7
Josef Kostner Miniature 70s years left h10,5 10x7 - right h6 18x7
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 - Miniatures 70s years left h12 7,5x6,5 - right h11 18,5x7
Josef Kostner Miniatures 70s years left h12 7,5x6,5 - right h11 18,5x7
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 - rassodata in terra 1971 h35 40x18
Josef Kostner rassodata in terra 1971 h35 40x18
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 - scoprirsi il capo 1986 h43 51x29
Josef Kostner scoprirsi il capo 1986 h43 51x29
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 - voglia di comunicare 1966 h 62 73x13
Josef Kostner voglia di comunicare 1966 h 62 73x13
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 - accettazione 1992  h 68 40x43
Josef Kostner accettazione 1992 h 68 40x43
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 - apollo 1977 h87 26x29
Josef Kostner apollo 1977 h87 26x29
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 - attenzione 1993 h38 26x26
Josef Kostner attenzione 1993 h38 26x26
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 - considerazione 1972 25x36
Josef Kostner considerazione 1972 25x36
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 - contemplazione um 2000 42x56
Josef Kostner contemplazione um 2000 42x56
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 - esitare l'austeritá 1977 h45 20x23
Josef Kostner esitare l'austeritá 1977 h45 20x23
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 - gonnella 1969 h 99 29x24
Josef Kostner gonnella 1969 h 99 29x24
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 - Homage a Claudia 1994 h73 46x30
Josef Kostner Homage a Claudia 1994 h73 46x30
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Josef Kostner
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 - mettersi in scena 1971 38x50
Josef Kostner mettersi in scena 1971 38x50
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 - relazione 1971 h125 55x31
Josef Kostner relazione 1971 h125 55x31
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 - speranza riposta 1977 h119 32x34
Josef Kostner speranza riposta 1977 h119 32x34
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 - speranza svelata 1976  h116 33x30
Josef Kostner speranza svelata 1976 h116 33x30
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Josef Kostner
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Josef Kostner
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