In England he would have been my lord or lord long ago.” Loris Ortner. The Linz architect and co-founder of the revolutionary artist community “Haus-Rucker-Co” gave the opening address for the show “Coop Himmelb(l)au” at the GALERIEhalle Linz on Saturday Waltraud Scheutz. Based on seven points, the 81-year-old deciphered the mystery of his friend and colleague Wolf D. (from 500 to 4000 euros). For example, Prix wears a tattoo on his shoulder that makes him invulnerable there – unlike Siegfried in the Nibelungen saga, who after his bath in the Drachenblut can only be injured where the deadly linden leaf fell. Prix continued to interject, affectionate taunts turning into dialogue.
“Haus-Rucker-Co” were the pioneers, “just then we came,” Prix said, “like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones a bit”. Among the visitors – all figures of the local art/architectural scene – icons of artists shuffled around Helmuth SolsboinerCreative Director of Tobacco Factory Chris Mueller (retired from this job May 1), Andreas Strohammer (Head of Restoration/Technical Handling at Lentos) f Stephen Hutter (WSG Cooperative Housing) Stories about Prix. The implementation of Prix’s design for the expansion of the Linz tobacco factory failed only because the bank guarantee was missing. Ortner decided: Asten’s Paneum Bread Museum was one of his favorite Prix buildings “because it found a compact form again”—in contrast to BMW’s massive World (Munich), European Central Bank headquarters (Frankfurt) and museum and conference buildings on all continents.
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