Text in English & German. Johannes Peter Holzinger studied architecture at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt am Main from 1954 to 1957. After a residency fellowship at the Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo in Rome he founded a "planning association for new forms of the environment" in 1965 together with Zero artist Hermann Goepfert, who has since died. One of the most successful results of his work with Goepfert was a new design for the Schlosspark in Karlsruhe on the occasion of the Bundesgartenschau in 1967, which won a major German architectural prize, the Hugo-Haring-Preis. From 1991 until his retirement in 2002 Holzinger directed the art and public-space course at the Akademie der bildenden Kunste in Nuremberg. Individualistic and oppositional in comparison to other post-World War II architectural achievements, the design of Holzingers buildings is very distinctive. The playful elements of Postmodernism are as alien to his work as the functionalism of New Building. Because of his association with Hermann Goepfert, Holzinger is much more closely connected with the art scene of his time. The integration of art and architecture is a unique feature of his buildings.
If we try to assign a category to this "object architecture" (a term he coined himself), we will find less overlap with architecture than with fine art. From the very beginning Holzinger saw architecture as an artistic discipline. Light kinetics offered him important new perspectives. Lighting design and the resulting colour changes of white walls play a vital role in his work.
Gerd de Bruyn was appointed professor of architectural theory at the University of Stuttgart in 2001 and has been director of the Institut Grundlagen moderner Architektur und Entwerfen since then. He is also a member of the board of the Internationales Zentrum fur Kultur- und Technikforschung. Yorck Forster, the exhibition curator, studied philosophy, sociology and art education in Frankfurt am Main.
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