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Sculptor Manfred Kielnhofer
Manfred Kielnhofer

About Manfred Kielnhofer

Time guardians Cloaked in concrete-like or otherwise putrid variegated cloth, Manfred Kielnhofer`s "time guardians" seem to be plotting against time or maybe avidly watching time television- is that a medieval joke or what? Like conspiratory monks in a deathless desultory demeanor, they exude an ominous lack of life as if in a ghost parade freshly arisen from the depths of the Artpark crypt. They blatantly stand here, gnarled and unfazed, making time. Are we lost in a movie, "Lord of the ring"- wise or is it a gathering of the Adams family in new Taliban unglamourous style? So welcome to the new dark ages. Kielnhofer`s "time guardians" stand like silent monoliths of veiled knowledge in a sculpture garden, seemingly quarantined or time travelling, the only prop missing is the scythe. The grim reaper has come with his zombie posse- they`re decaying morosely in the open, guarding time in an esoteric Disneyland of sinister and unsavory folds. Their significance or art historical relevance lies in the eye of the beholder. Regardless, they are meant to evoke ancient times in their secretive hocus-pocus despondency, allegedly and all the more uncannily. Draped in mute and unholy light, they seem to be placidly heralding the big world conspiracy, admonishing and demolishing time concepts. Equivocally, Kielnhofer`s work is a tribute to life and death, entwined, dilated and lost in time. The "time guardians" are maybe hooded knights in disguise, hiding the light within the moldy creases of their robes, fighting without armor against time. A review by Catherine Pandora Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer`s Time Guardians are mysterious sculptures that resemble cloaked and hooded figures that are silent observers of the passage of time. The sculptures have appeared in indoor and outdoor installations, looking for all the world like a very focused procession of beings deep in contemplation. The sculptures appear to be concrete, but are actually hollow folds of treated textile. Ghosts? Grim Reapers? Or maybe simple witnesses?.
Sculptor Manfred Kielnhofer
Manfred Kielnhofer

Exhibition History of Manfred Kielnhofer

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Galerie Artpark Linz Austria, Linz at night, St.Florian, Salzwelten Altaussee A, Schönbrunn Palace vienna gloriette A, Krumlov CZ, Egon Schiele Artcentrum CZ, Galerie Fontain, Kunstgarten Graz A.

Biography / CV of Manfred Kielnhofer

Hooded Aliens from Another Dimension Control Your Every Move

1000 years ago, guardians of time were a part of every advanced civilization. These hooded visitors from another realm were deemed responsible for myriad disappearances, damnations, and behavioral changes in entire groups of people. Scientists and students of the paranormal alike studied them in great depth, but found out nothing. Over time, interest died out, as did credibility, and people stopped thinking about them. At least so the story goes...
Today, Austrian artist Manfred Kielhnhofer forces us to rethink the existence of these real-life grim reapers with his surreal depictions of them. Were they the first aliens to ever land on earth? Messengers sent back in history from the present to teach the ancient man how to create the future?
Whatever they are, the images of them are stunning. Images by Manfred Kielnhofer.


Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Cesky Krumlov, 2. - 30. 11. 2007
Cesky Krumlov 100 years after Schiele:.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Manfred Kielnhofer

Long before the age of man they walked our planet:


In the ages of the ancient advanced civilizations the presence of the Guardians of Time was recognized with respect, reverence and humility. Over the millennia a new mystery was formed and only a few chosen ones, like high priests, spiritual masters and shamans were granted to study it. They were the ones that got a deeper insight in the secret of THE TIME GUARDIANS. The beings were referred to as visitors from other systems, protectors or destroyers and even gods.

Until today the true task and their continuous working in our world cannot be explained completely. An almost impenetrable veil lies over the reason and the working of their presence and the secret of their worldwide and unexpected appearance. Historians and experts in new fields of science assume that the emerging of the Time Guardians is connected to warnings and control visits, respectively corrective actions. According to ancient scriptures it is "the time travelers" that find out the GOOD - BAD status of our actions and the recent condition of our planet to correct and restore it. What actions there are that protect the collective harmony is mostly still in the field of speculation; moreover that knowledge is beyond our understanding and human perception.

To tell the exact appearance of the beings in space and time is hardly possible. And so far there is no reliable and working method to withdraw from the power and the non-worldly access of the GUARDIANS. Just like system operators they examine and watch over the individual as well as tendencies in social development and the global situation. Eyewitness accounts from various ages in history report of disappearances of people and radical changes in behavioural patterns of individuals. Like that especially people of great influence to society, like leaders of tribes or countries, triggered crucial global changes. The phenomenon was studied by the leading historians, sociologists, scientists of outer limits of knowledge and (para-) psychologists of all times but they found hardly any satisfying results. One general accepted theory is that our own motivation and the human actions themselves are the trigger for the working of the GUARDIANS. Through time they enter our world and always remain present to take record of our actions. Nobody can withdraw from their universal and objective valuations and guidance.

The Guardians of Time. A report by Ron Morisson. Sound installations and texts by Thomas Nordwest. Sculptures by Manfred Kielnhofer.

Reviews of work by Manfred Kielnhofer

TimeGuards /SpiritGuards / Trent Gilliss, Online Editor

Figurative sculpture installations take on new meaning within the context of location. Art of the highest human form. Manfred Kielnhofer`s sculptures accomplish this task. The transitory nature of the work remind me of Antony Gormley`s public sculptures, especially his "Another Place" series of a 200 craggy, metal figures on the ocean beach.
But, the Austrian artist`s work conjure up a more ethereal, mystical quality. They`re shrouded in mystery calling out their ancestors and their progeny. When the viewer looks from particular angles, they become diaphanous, almost soulless - like the ring-wraiths, the Nazgul, from The Lord of the Rings or even a rougher-hewn predecessor in Prague.
Even the introductory paragraph of the Austrian artist`s site reads like the opening to an ancient future, calling on the Druids of Stonehenge and the crusaders of Everquest or the worlds of Myst:
In the ages of the ancient advanced civilizations the presence of the Guardians of Time was recognized with respect, reverence and humility. Over the millennia a new mystery was formed and only a few chosen ones, like high priests, spiritual masters and shamans were granted to study it. They were the ones that got a deeper insight in the secret of THE TIME GUARDIANS. The beings were referred to as visitors from other systems, protectors or destroyers and even gods.

Qualifications / Education of Manfred Kielnhofer

HTL Linz

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Manfred Kielnhofer


Teaching Experience

Manager of the gallery Artpark,

Influences / Inspiration of Manfred Kielnhofer

The focus of my art is the peculiarities of the human nature. As an artist, the natural form and movement of the human body poses me a great deal of challange. The different perspectives and points of view is what I aim to capture and display in my work and foresee it my personal touch.
My latest works have been in the abstract form which I meen to display with a collage of coulours whereby I obtain a certain distance to the object.
Each and every one of my paintings is individual in character and presentation.

Price Range of Work

Manfred Kielnhofer's work has a price range of around £3,334

Mediums utilised

Manfred Kielnhofer's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Manfred Kielnhofer's work is found in the following categories on site:
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (3)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (3)
Human Figurative Sculptures (2)
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"All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death. "
Jacques Lipchitz
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