18. August 2021
The Upper Austrian ceramic artist and sculptor Franz Josef Altenburg died on Wednesday at the age of 80. This was announced by OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH. Just two weeks ago, the great-grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth received the “Golden Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria”.
Altenburg was born in 1941 in the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Graz under Hans Adametz and worked together with the ceramist Gudrun Baudisch-Wittke for the “Hallstatt Ceramics”. In 1967 he completed his apprenticeship as a master potter. Since 1976 he has been working as a freelance ceramic artist in his studio in Breitenschützing in Upper Austria.
In his laudation on the occasion of the presentation of the Golden Decoration of Honor, the Upper Austrian. LH Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) Altenburg recognized as a constant in contemporary artistic life in Austria. “For decades he has set standards with his art: in the outstanding quality and consistency of his work, in the uniqueness of his formal language. Franz Josef Altenburg stands for a work of national and international importance and relevance, ”said Stelzer.
The exhibition “Franz Josef Altenburg. Ton und Form ”, which would have ended on Thursday, has now been extended by a few more days. From August 22nd to 26th you can get an insight into the late artist’s 60 creative years.