Ernst Fuchs – “Art needs a cult to create culture”

Moses Fountain at Barnbach, Austria

Moses Fountain at Barnbach, Austria

Ernst Fuchs with Salvatore Dali

Ernst Fuchs with Salvatore Dali

“The Christian and Judaic themes in Fuchs’ work come from a very deep place. His father, Maximilian, was the son of an Orthodox Jewish family and had turned down a career as a Rabbi, leaving his theological studies uncompleted. His mother, Leopoldine, was Christian. When the Nazis occupied Austria in 1938, his father emigrated to Shanghai and Nazi legislation made it illegal for Leopoldine to raise her son alone. Fuchs was deported to a camp for mixed-race children. When this happened, his mother agreed to a formal divorce, which saved Ernst Fuchs from the extermination camp. He was baptised in 1942, an event that would have huge impact on his life and work.”

“I don’t think that art, if it’s isolated and specialized, can really create culture. It needs a cult.” – Ernst Fuchs

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