Originally, the multipartite enamel work was supposed to extend over the entire ceiling area of the Aula as part of the architecture. It has remained only a fragment. It was not an Art-in-Architecture Project, but a permanent part of the architecture commissioned by architect Martin Esterl, who realized the central building together with other architects on behalf of the Carinthian University Fund.
Main building, Aula ceiling
Giselbert Hoke: „Philosophicum“ or „The school of Athens“, 1975/76
Enamelled copper sheets
Cleaned and renovated by Karma Hoke during the general renovation in 2016-17. It is now under monumental protection.
Giselbert Hoke was born in Warnsdorf in Böhmen in 1927. He lived at Schloss Saager, in the municipality of Grafenstein in Carinthia. At the age of 17 he lost his right arm in the war. After his captivity as a prisoner of war, he completed his high school diploma and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. 1974-1995 he was a university professor at the Graz University of Technology. From 1954 to 1956 he created the legendary frescoes for the Klagenfurt railway station. Like these, many of his works – often in enamel and glass – can be found in public spaces.