10. October 2006

Artwork by Stefan Hoderlein unveiled in the Botta building

In front of the new artwork in the Botta building in Minden (from left) Dietmar Harting, Stefan Hoderlein, Margrit Harting, Dr. Gérard Andrew Goodrow and Samuelis Baumgarte.

Entrepreneur Margrit Harting and artist Stefan Hoderlein.

Artwork by Stefan Hoderlein unveiled in the Botta building

“HARTING KGaA is setting a clear example of the connection and interplay between art and technology,” explained Margrit and Dietmar Harting. In an official ceremony on Friday morning in the entrance hall of sales headquarters of HARTING Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG (Botta building) in Minden, the entrepreneurs Mr. and Mrs. Harting unveiled an artwork by the noted Düsseldorf-based artist Stefan Hoderlein, which he expressly created for HARTING. “The artwork creatively embodies the company’s professionalism and clear commitment to its heritage and future,” said Margrit Harting. The introduction to the work by Hoderlein was carried out by the director of ART Cologne, Dr. Gérard A. Goodrow.

Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the new sales headquarters in Minden was built in 2001. The impressive architecture has already endowed Minden with a distinctive urban highlight on the Simeonscaré. Now, the corporate culture expressed by the building has been embellished with an unusual artwork that was created expressly for HARTING by Stefan Hoderlein in cooperation with Samuelis Baumgarte Art Consulting, Bielefeld. The new creation was presented to the approximately 150 guests accompanied by the motto “Letting visions become reality – experiencing movement.”

Artist Stefan Hoderlein (born 1960) studied at the Art Academy Düsseldorf under Prof. Bernd Becher and Prof. Nam June Paik. Further studies were completed at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. Since 1986, the artist has shown his works in numerous group exhibitions both in Germany and abroad. Solo exhibitions of his works were presented in, among other places, the Kunsthalle Vienna, the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. Since the start of his artistic endeavors, Stefan Hoderlein has worked with photographic concepts. His ideas, however, transcend the boundaries of pure documentary photography: On the contrary, the artist uses photography purely as source material with which he composes multimedia collages and computer-generated montages.

In his introduction, art historian Dr. Gérard Andrew Goodrow was able to elucidate the contemporary work of art for the attending guests. Since September 2003, Dr. Goodrow has served as director of the foremost German Art trade fair Art Cologne and previously held various positions at Christie’s International, most recently as director of the department for contemporary art. Gérard A. Goodrow is an expert in art of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the attendant artists and museum-related affairs.

“The business world needs culture, and the enterprises and people that make up these businesses, need culture.” This firm conviction was the motivation that inspired Margrit and Dietmar Harting to commission two artworks for the Botta building, both of which are further evidence of their commitment to corporate culture. “Creation is accompanied by the goal to inspire an exchange of thoughts and ideas in dialogue with art and to promote the interplay of technology and art, which is stimulating and fascinating at the same time,” explained Margrit Harting to the guests at the official ceremony.