In his stained glass-work “Der raue und der glatte Stein” Brandstätter was inspired by the medieval Bauhütte, in which the development of mankind was symbolically represented by this theme. “The student who begins his studies can be compared to a rough stone that only loses its rough side through his work at the university and in the course of the years becomes an educated, open and tolerant person, a smooth stone in fact”.
North wing, Level 1
Karl Brandstätter: „The rough and the smooth stone“, 2003
194 x 73, 192,5 x 73 cm
Karl Brandstätter was born in Villach in 1946 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Brandstätters centre of life was Paris from 1968 to 1977. Recently he was a guest professor in Nanjing, China Art Institute. Since 1977 he has been living in Saager in Southern Carinthia.