Franz Gutmann (sculptor)

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Franz Gutmann (born October 3, 1928 in Obermünstertal ) is a German sculptor . He lives and works on the Stohren at the upper end of the Munster Valley .

Franz Gutmann: Hand (cast iron 1970/72, Münstertal )


Franz Gutmann attended the Friedrich-Gymnasium Freiburg and then studied Catholic theology for two semesters at the University of Freiburg in 1950/51 , but then began studying at the Freiburg Art Academy with Wilhelm Gerstel after interning with a wood sculptor . After three semesters he switched to the Düsseldorf Art Academy , where he became a master student of Ewald Mataré . The friendships with Joseph Beuys and Erwin Heerich also date from this time .

In 1956, a grant from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia enabled him to travel to Central Africa for a year . On this trip he also spent five months with Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné .

“I was born in 1928 in the Münstertal, Black Forest. My father showed me how to sharpen an ax. Since then I haven't learned anything more important. "

- Franz Gutmann


Phallocaust III in Heilbronn
Granite fountain from 1989 in Offenburg's Steinstrasse, known as “Steinstroßbrinzler”

Gutmann works with almost all materials (stone, wood, metal, ...), his works range from religious art to large public sculptures and fountains to the design of medals and plaques.

His sometimes quite monumental works can have a very cheerful character, such as the large cast concrete sculpture Two Giants - Schlucker and Spucker under the light rail bridge in the Stühlinger Kirchpark in Freiburg im Breisgau .

Above all, his religious works can also provoke, such as the choir sculpture of the crucified in the university church in Freiburg. For the art and church project , he created the giant wooden penis Phallocaust III in 1984/85 , which was finally installed in Heilbronn from 1995 to 2010 after stints in the Bad Krozingen spa gardens, Saarbrücken and Heidelberg. His redesign of the front choir in Freiburg Minster from 2006 also sparked heated discussions .


Awards and honors

  • Gutmann received the 1980 Art Prize for Business on the Upper Rhine.
  • In 2002 he was awarded the title of professor .
  • In March 2019, he was made an honorary citizen of his home town of Münstertal.


  • Franz Joseph van der Grinten : Franz Gutmann's fountain. Rombach, Freiburg im Breisgau 1977. ISBN 3-7930-0214-4 .
  • Franz Joseph van der Grinten: Franz Gutmann's work with wood. Catalog raisonné. Hoffmann, Stuttgart 1981. ISBN 3-87346-066-1 .
  • Franz Joseph van der Grinten: Franz Gutmann's work with metal and stone. Catalog raisonné. Hoffmann, Stuttgart 1982. ISBN 3-87346-070-X .
  • Michael Klant (Ed.): Sculpture in Freiburg. 20th century art in public spaces. Freiburg im Breisgau 1998; ISBN 3-922675-76-X . Pp. 140 ff., 225

Individual evidence

  1. Marcus Keller: Address on the occasion of an installation opening in Rottweil-Hausen., November 7, 2009, archived from the original on September 15, 2007 ; accessed on November 13, 2016 .
  2. ^ Rainer Warland : The Christ sculpture by Franz Gutmann in the Freiburg University Church . In: Freiburger Universitätsblätter 39, 2000, 147, pp. 47-53; Johannes Werner: "No longer like a human." About Franz Gutmann's crucifix in the University Church in Freiburg . In: Badische Heimat 3/2013, pp. 638–643.
  3. Adrian Hoffmann, Heilbronner wooden penis is gone
  4. Rainer Warland: The table of the apocalyptic promise. Art-historical approaches to the altar by Franz Gutmann in the Freiburg Minster . In: Identity in Transition. The redesign of the chancel in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Freiburg . Fink, Lindenberg 2007, pp. 46-53.
  5. ^ Badische Zeitung online from March 8, 2013:

Web links

Commons : Franz Gutmann  - Collection of images, videos and audio files