Tying in with Marcel Duchamps’ radicalism, with land art, minimalism and process art, Gottfried Bechtold’s oeuvre is all about expanding the concept of art. Committed to experiment and artistic freedom, Bechtold has created an extensive, multifaceted oeuvre, where the emphasis is on the transfer of reality into the media, on phenomena of physics, mobility as a topic, mythic aspects of the motor car and the ideas of time and movement. In a consummate manner the artist plays with the opposition of acceleration and deceleration. His Betonporsches, concrete casts of the Porsche 911 sports car, are well-known examples of the transformation of an iconic symbol of high-speed mobility into perfect instantiations of immobility.
Bechtold, born 1947 in Bregenz, is one of Austria’s most outstanding artists. From his beginnings as a stonemason apprentice he moved into sculpture and into working with film, video and photography. He has realised a number of large-scale projects in public space. The LENTOS devotes a great retrospective to the artist, whose latest solo exhibition was put on by the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2006. The LENTOS will attempt to highlight all aspects of the several decades of Bechtold’s activities as an artist.