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Veit Laurent Kurz

winner of the Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize #04

The Dilldapp Memorial: a bronze sculpture


(extract from Veit Laurent Kurz's text on the Dilldapp Memorial)

“Central piece and protagonist of this presentation is a Memorial. A memorial realized for my Alter Ego, The Dilldapp. A creature that assumingly entered my mind not even a year after my birth and since than hasn’t left.

My first connection/ispiration has been to the many new molecular and atomic fusions that took place when the Vesuvius surprised the nearby city of Pompeii through its sudden breakout.
Lava and toxic gases melted physical entities into new constellation.


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                Pompeii Lava Corpses

Technologic developed volcanos in form of nuclear powerplants. Ones that process highly radioactive material instead of lava. Together we arrived at the place of my nightmares and fears, Chernobyl. My Rebirth in 1986 as the Dilldapp.


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                                                                Three miles island powerplants and the Chernobyl disaster





The 26th of April 1986, two explosions in the Chernobyl Powerplant caused a cloud of highly radioactive Dust and Steam. Besides the effects radiation has on the environment and the physicality of any creature it became clear that it caused a variety of mental disorder. Somewhere between these lines the Dilldapp was born.

Now deciphering an object like for instance the
elephant foot, a secretive object created by an atomic explosion very similar to a volcano eruption, that makes one realize that it buries physical information, atomic structures as well as a spiritual, dematerialized information so to entry into new constellation.

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                       elephant's foot in Chernobyl and and atomic explosion

Born from radiation it is the Dilldapp, with all its knowledge and costume, its ability to make us laugh and cry, to remind and to accompany us humans in this step”.


Veit Laurent Kurz, The Dilldapp Memorial, 2019

The Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize, BFSP, is a proactive platform for cultural/technical research within the millenary tradition of bronze casting, launched in 2016 by Fonderia Artistica Battaglia in Milan. The Prize aims to promote the unique experience of an artistic collaboration with a traditional bronze foundry.

The Fourth Edition of the BFSP (2019/2020) asks the twelve selected artists to investigate the negative space, its anti-area, and anti-forms, and to explore their potential within the lost wax casting process. Veit Laurent Kurz, the winner of BFSP#04 was nominated by the curator Fatima Hellberg as one of the Advisor of the fourth Edition.




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Born in Germany in 1985 Veit Laurent Kurz lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany between 2009 and 2012. Upcoming and recent exhibitions include, Gallery Isabella Bortolozzi (2019), Kunstverein Nürnberg (2019), Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany (2017), The High Line, New York (2017), Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2017) and The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015).




Fatima Hellberg is a curator and Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and from December 2019, Director of the Bonner Kunstverein. She has curated exhibitions and projects in institutions including the ICA, London; Tate Modern; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; South London Gallery and Malmö Konsthall. Her curatorial practice is formulated in close dialogue with artists, often with more long-running exchanges realised across exhibitions, publications and events, including with Ellen Cantor, Gregg Bordowitz, Hildegarde Duane, James Richards, Leslie Thornton and Ghislaine Leung. Hellberg was previously curator at London-based institutions Cubitt, and Electra. She has taught and lectured at the Critical Studies Programme at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam; at Oxford University; ZHdK, Zurich and the Art Academy of Bremen, and contributed to Texte zur Kunst, Frieze, Afterall and other independent journals. Recent and upcoming publications include 'Ellen Cantor, A history of the world as it has become known to me' (Sternberg Press, 2018) and 'Divine Drudgery', a book departing from James Richards and Leslie Thornton's exhibition ‘SPEED' at Künstlerhaus and 'SPEED 2' at Malmö Konsthall. 



(extract from her critical text on the Dilldapp Memorial)


“Without pronouncing it explicitly, Veit Laurent Kurz’s work speaks of control and also a loss of it – from the exhaustionof ecosystems and natural resources, to drug-altered states at the threshold of the medicinal and existential, strands explored with a closely attuned sense for the finer registers of the surreal.

These lines and undercurrents gain a sense of vertigo-inducing dimensionality when considered within the concentration of this year's Battaglia Sculpture prize, and its focus on “the negative.“ What the term evokes within bronze casting is technical: positive original to negative mould; negative mould to positive wax; positive wax to negative ceramic investment; negative ceramic investment to positive bronze. Within these processes, and within the work of Kurz, the relation with the negative is both material and content. The negative requires the abstract thought and relation between matter in itself and what it is not – of the simultaneous quality, of being a thing and its absence. Collapse has that quality: it is a continuation but also a rupture, it exists as a possibility all along and its emergence multiplies and unsettles the dominant paradigm of the real and its assumed singularity. “


The sculpture will be on view during 
Berlin Gallery Weekend in September

at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi