The work of the South Tyrolean sculptor is not a loud art or a market screaming work, but Walpoth’s work is concentrated and timeless in a very wonderful way. I am absolutely sure that even a Rodin in the 19th century or even an artist who will deal with the theme of the human figure in 100 years would appreciate the great quality of these works.
Walpoth figures make contact with the viewer in a very subtle, but also very intense way. He actually manages to breathe life into a piece of wood as it happens in the story of Pinocchio, in which a carved wooden puppet becomes a living boy. It is only logical that Bruno has worked on this theme and in 2019 carved Pinocchio for the film adaptation by Matteo Garrone with Roberto Benigni. Also with us we can show a very impressive Pinocchio.
Walpoth’s figures are always created in direct confrontation with the living model. They are all people whom Walpoth knows personally and whose expressions he studies in many long weeks in his studio. He hardly ever uses photography, but works with the model himself from the very beginning of the first rough work on the wooden trunk. This is very unusual in a time when so much is mediated by the media. And I believe that this human relationship between model and sculptor is also reflected in the finished sculptures.
exhibition: 21.10.2023 – 20.01.2024
open: Wed. – Sat., 1 – 6 pm and by appointment