Action Fetish Car

The car is a protective covering and at the same time a material of assault. It is the means of escaping the world as well as it being an instrument to conquer it. Peter Sloterdijk, 1992

We are all cars. Wir sind alle Autos. HA Schult, 1988

Street, 2012
Tripoli, Libya

Deconstruction Department Store, Cologne, 1968

Deconstruction, Kölner Ladenstadt Department Store, Cologne, 1968

Aktion 20.000 km Feldherrnhalle, Munich, 1970

Aktion 20.000 km Feldherrnhalle, Munich, 1970

Aktion 20.000 km
Kunsthaus Hamburg, 1970

Aktion 20.000 km
Kunstverein Munich, 1970

The entire art movement of the sixties, which was combined under the expression Pop Art, was nothing more than the large-scale attempt to bring art back into a very close relationship with life. Consider the famous sculptures by the American Claes Oldenbourg, who modelled a store, a sculpture.

An action like the one by HA Schult follows here the same line, the attempt to fuse art and life again into one unit, which of course still gives the individual the liberty to accept this as art or not. But those who don't accept it as art should recognize the serious attempt behind such an action. The attempt to include the world around us, the technique, the ear, in our artistic expressions. The task of art has always been to make obvious what people of a certain time think, feel or care about.

Consider art during the Middle Ages. It creates the world of the Belief. It tries to make the world of the Belief graphically obvious. A man like HA Schult, if you accept this comparison, tries to make our world obvious. The world of the car, the world of the travel, and the permanent immobility of man which has never existed in this way before. HA Schult's approach to art, in my opinion, is not only legitimate, it is right and worthwhile. Peter Ludwig, 1970

HA Schult, Andy Warhol, Pavlos
Neue Galerie – Ludwig Collection
Aachen, Germany, 1970

Die Stadtstraße Cologne, 1971

Die Stadtstraße Cologne, 1971

Car Rodeo Roman Amphitheatre, Xanten, Museum Ludwig Cologne, 1980

Car Rodeo Roman Amphitheatre, Xanten, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1980

Tribute to Gregory Battcock Charlotte Moorman, Cello, New York, N.Y., 1981

Tribute to Gregory Battcock Charlotte Moorman, cello, New York, N.Y., 1981

Tribute to Gregory Battcock Nam June Paik, HA Schult, New York, N. Y., 1981

Tribute to Gregory Battcock Nam June Paik, HA Schult, New York, N. Y., 1981

The Pope’s Car Fire House, Riverside New York, N. Y., 1983

The Pope’s Car Fire House, Riverside New York, N. Y., 1983

The Pope’s Car Father Peter Jacobs, New York, N. Y., 1983

The Pope’s Car Father Peter Jacobs, New York, N. Y., 1983

The Pope’s Car Father Peter Jacobs, New York, N. Y., 1983

Father Peter Jacobs
Julian Schnabel, 1997
Collection Jon Kilik

The Pope’s Car
National Studios, New York, N. Y., 1983

The Limousines
Brooklyn, New York, N. Y. 1983

Time Leap, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne, 1989 Collection Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn

Time Leap
Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne, 1989 Collection Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn

Silent Time, Cathedral Square, Cologne, 1989 Collection Schweisfurth Foundation, Munich

Silent Time, Cathedral Square, Cologne, 1989 Collection Schweisfurth Foundation, Munich

Silent Time, 1989 Studio, Cologne

Silent Time Studio, Cologne, 1989

The Wave, 1989Wissower Klinken, Rügen, Germany, 1992

The Wave
Rhine River, Cologne, 1989
Wissower Klinken, Rügen, 1992

The Cloud, 1989 Cologne Cathedral

The Cloud Cologne Cathedral, 1989

Frozen Time, 1989 Cathedral Square, Cologne

Frozen Time Cathedral Square, Cologne, 1989

Frozen Time, 2011 Car Culture, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany

Frozen Time Car Culture, ZKM Karlsruhe, 2011

Golden Bird, 1989 Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Cologne

Golden Bird Riverside Cologne, 1989
Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Cologne, since 1991

Car Cathedral
HA Schult, Ford Company, 2007

The Capital’s Enemy Marble Palace, Saint Petersburg

The Capital’s Enemy Marble Palace, Saint Petersburg

Marble Time, 1994Marble Palace, Saint Petersburg

Marble TimeMarble Palace, Saint Petersburg, 1994

Der Stau, 1996Rhinepromenade, Duesseldorf, Germany

Der StauRhine Promenade, Düsseldorf, 1996

Der Stau
Rhine Promenade, Düsseldorf, 1996

Der Stau
Rhine Promenade, Düsseldorf, 1996

Car Globe
Car Edition, 1996
HA Schult, Ford Company

Car Globe
Car Edition, 1996
HA Schult, Ford Company

Car Globe
Car Edition, 1996
HA Schult, Ford Company

Car Globe
Car Edition, 1996
HA Schult, Ford Company

Car Crash, 2008 Riverside Cologne

Car Crash Riverside Cologne, 2008

Crying Cars, Anna Zlotovskaya, violin, 2009 ÖkoGlobe, Cologne

Crying Cars, Anna Zlotovskaya, violinÖkoGlobe, Cologne, 2009

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