Walter Libuda (DE)

Walter Libuda (DE)

The sculptures of Walter Libuda (DE) fuse a traditional approach with contemporary expression. The ceramic works possess a subtle tension that allows references both to current animation while at the same time reminding us of cultures long gone. There is not just one single key to understanding Libuda’s work, instead the forms suggest multiple meanings inviting us to open up, allowing the artworks to touch us.

Walter Libuda. Der Ingenieur. 2006. Keramik. Höhe 40 cm

Walter Libuda is a respected German sculptor, painter and visual artist. He has been working as an artist since the early 1970’s and lives and works in Berlin, Germany since 1985. Libuda studied art at the School of Visual Art Leipzig. His work has been shown all around the world and is part of the permanent collections at museums such as the Berlinische Galerie, The British Museum in London, Pushkin Museum in Moscow and The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo.Libuda regularly works parallel with oil paintings, drawings and sculptures at the same time. His art has its roots in Romanticism and the inherent sense and feeling of his works show that the romantic tradition remains relevant to present day. The sculptures have an unmistakable presence, yet at the same time, they capture certain loneliness, reflecting on the unavoidable condition of our humanity. His sculptures are made in ceramic, a material that with its ancient history reminds of sculpture from cultures long gone. Through placing the figurative and the abstract side by side, Libuda creates his own unique expression and narration. This is apparent in works such as Hocher I where the combination of abstract and figurative forms creates a subtle tension in the sculpture. In exploring his works we are invited on a journey from surface down to an indefinable depth. The works have a rhythm and momentum offering cryptic distance and an almost rabid beauty.
Through his art, Libuda describes our existence as a tragicomedy, grotesquely irrational yet strangely beautiful and fantastic.

Libuda’s works in public contexts:

  • Altenburg, Lindenau-Museum DE
  • Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Neue Nationalgalerie DE
  • Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Architektur und Photographie DE
  • Berlin, Märkisches Museum DE
  • Budapest, Museum Ludwig HUN
  • Cambridge, MA, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums GBR
  • Cottbus, Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk DE
  • Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kupferstichkabinett DE
  • Frankfurt/Oder, Museum Junge Kunst DE
  • Hannover, Sprengel-Museum DE
  • Leipzig, Museum der Bildenden Künste DE
  • London, The British Museum GBR
  • Moscow, Puschkin-Museum RUS
  • München, Bayrische Staatsgemäldesammlung; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung DE
  • Neubrandenburg, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen DE
  • Oldenburg, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte DE
  • Oslo, Museet for Samtidskunst NOR
  • Peking, National museum of China CHN
  • Rostock, Staatliche Kunsthalle DE
  • Schwerin, Staatliche Museen, Schlösser und Gärten, Kupferstichkabinett (DE)
  • Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art JPN
  • Wien, Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig AUT
  • Private collectors in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland,
  • USA, South Africa, Korea

Walter Libuda. Erster. 2007. Keramik. Höhe 62 cm(1)Für die Hand. 2007. Keramik. Höhe 56cm