October 30th, 2011 by Leo Plaw Other language versions  

Painter Sculptor Bruno Weber Dies

Bruno Weber (Foto: Ralf Brunner)

Bruno Weber (Foto: Ralf Brunner)

It is with great sadness that we received the news that the painter and sculptor Bruno Weber died on Monday 24 October in Dietikon, Zurich, at the age of 80 years.

Bruno Weber became internationally known for his fantastic ‘Weinrebenpark”. A sculpture park with gigantic figures and a studio-house. The park has been promoted in recent years by the region to the tune of 1.5 million francs.

The Mayor of Dietikon, Otto Mueller spoke of a “big loss for the city and the art world.” Dietikon has Bruno Weber awarded this year with the city’s cultural prize.

The curator Harald Szeemann showed works by Bruno Weber in the exhibition “Visionary Switzerland” (1991) and said of Bruno Weber‘s park, “A visit to the Weinrebenpark is like a deep breath.”

Bruno Weber was on 1931 in Dietikon and attended the Zurich School of Applied Arts. Weber then later studied Litography. He made study trips to Italy, Greece and Czechoslovakia.

The Weinrebenpark sculpture park is master work of 50 years, is managed by the Bruno Weber Foundation. The water garden, where Bruno Weber until a few weeks ago was still working, will soon be inaugurated.

Bruno Weber was befriended for many years with the artists of the Labyrinth group and participated in many of their exhibitions. He was very pleased to participate in this year’s “Art Imaginär” exhibition at the Herrenhof Mußbach, where three of his works are on show. In 1989, he and his wife also attended the ground breaking “The Thread of Ariadne” exhibition also held there.

Hirmer publishing house, Munich, will soon release a comprehensive illustrated book about Bruno Werber’s “artistic lifeworks”, covering 50 years of creative output: his painterly oeuvre and his magical realm of sculpture. The lavishly illustrated deluxe volume provides an insight into the imagery of the artist and a tour of Bruno Weber‘s Sculpture Park in Spreitenbach, Switzerland.

Here dreams have become stone. Bruno Weber‘s sculptures have been worked in many designs and implemented with craftsmanship. Figures, gates and bridges are all expressed unmistakably Weber’s spirit and his unique mark. Mythical creatures and creeping plants, vegetated rest areas and houses, phantasmagoria, usually friendly, sometimes disturbing. They are both practical and sprawling. On these chairs and tables one can rest and dine splendidly. Nature’s seasons and culture merge into a sensual, tangible experience.

The world that has lost one of its great Enchanters!


  • Otfried Culmann, Labyrinth Gesellschaft

Photo: Ralf Brunner

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