This pink rabbit is in fact a young hare. It also turns out that he has a multitude of cousins, but more of that later.
The German artist, Albrecht Dürer, who hailed from Nuremberg, painted his now famous “Young Hare” in 1502 (see below); it is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of observational art and is housed in the Albertina Museum in Vienna.The pink sculpture is a giant interpretation of that famous painting. It was created by Ottmar Hörl, the president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg since 2005.
In 2003, he created a large scale art installation of numerous hares in four shades of green, which were displayed in Nuremberg market square under the title “A large piece of hare”.
Hörl’s art installations are very much focused on multitudinousness, with multiple Goethes, multiple Charles the Greats, multiple meerkats, multiple Berlin Bears, multiple gnomes – you get the idea.
His latest multiple installation features a myriad of red, black and gold Gutenbergs. The “Black Magic” exhibition at Eltville am Rhein, celebrates the anniversary of the death of the blacksmith, goldsmith, printer and publisher who introduced printing to Europe, Johannes Gutenberg. It is on show until 23 September 2018.
If you fancy your own piece of hare, you can order them here or you’ll find them in shops around the world.
But so much for all that history; you are probably still asking why is this pink hare sitting outside Staatsoper? It is actually a sign for a restaurant, the Dinner Club at Albertina Passage. Why a rabbit? Because the restaurant is apparently inspired by the famous Jack Rabbit Slim’s place in Pulp Fiction.
Copyyright Debbie Smyth, 26 March 2015
-updated September 2018
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