Albin Moroder

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Grave slab with portrait at the Mayrhofen Forest Cemetery

Albin Moroder (born December 6, 1922 in Schlitters im Zillertal ; † November 17, 2007 in Mayrhofen ) was an Austrian sculptor .

life and work

Albin Moroder was the second son of Otto Moroder and Anna Moroder, geb. Knottner, as well as a grandson of the artist Josef Moroder Lusenberg (1846–1939).

Growing up in Schlitters in the Zillertal, the whole family moved into a new house built by their father in Mayrhofen in 1927 , as there was lively tourism there and economic upturn in the then poor region.

Because his older brother Klaus was already an apprentice wood sculptor with his father, the father was able to register his son Albin, who also aspired to this profession, for a higher education at the Peter-Anich-Gewerbeschule in Innsbruck under Professor Hans Pontiller . However, after attending school for six months, Albin Moroder broke off his training because he felt he was not being looked after enough, and yet completed the wood carving apprenticeship within the family. At times he was taught sculptural anatomy , together with his two brothers Klaus and Rudolf, who were teaching almost at the same time, from a professor of anatomy at the Medical University of Innsbruck whom the father had brought to Mayrhofen in the winter months.

Albin Moroder felt early on in his work “the need to simplify everything and make it more modern”. In this way, he created more modern, but always figurative figures, which he also showed at larger exhibitions in Vienna, Paris, London and Salzburg. He primarily dealt with the Christian motif of the crucifix . He mainly uses wood as the material for his work, but also bronze.

In 1945 he married Erika Kuss for the first time. This connection resulted in a total of five children: Gisela, Beate, Rainer, Patrick and Catrin. After the death of his first wife, he married his second wife Christina.

As a young husband with three children, he had the opportunity in 1948 to go to England to study. It was here that the sculptor Henry Moore met him, with whom he worked for some time in Moore's studio at the invitation of Moore.

Moroder was also active as a singer and musician. As the minstrel Moroder , he released a long-playing record in 1986 entitled Songs from Heart to Heart . The song Flowers of Love was released as a single.

On February 14, 1994, the Austrian Federal President awarded him the title of Professor .

The bronze sculpture "Mourning - Hope - Confidence" was erected in 2002 on behalf of the Mayrhofen community and in front of the church there on the area of ​​the former churchyard.

Albin Moroder was still creative until his death and presented Pope Benedict XVI in a private audience in November 2005 . a crucifix. Morodor's grave is in the forest cemetery Mayrhofen .


supporting documents

  1. Compare the information in the catalog of the German National Library

Web links

Commons : Albin Moroder  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files