b. 1911
- d. 2005
  • Brazil
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$USD 386.500
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Franz Weissmann (1911-2005) was an Austrian-Brazilian sculptor known for his significant contributions to geometric abstraction and modern sculpture. Born on October 19th, 1911, in Knittelfeld, Austria, he later emigrated to Brazil with his family in 1923, settling in Porto Alegre. His artistic journey led him from Europe to Brazil, where he left an indelible mark on the Brazilian art scene. After studying sculpture at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro and furthering his education in Paris during the 1930s, Weissmann returned to Brazil due to World War II. This marked the beginning of his deeper engagement with the Brazilian art landscape. In the 1950s, Weissmann became associated with the Concrete and Neo-Concrete movements, which sought to explore geometric abstraction, minimalist forms, and the integration of art with the viewer’s experience. He co-founded the influential Grupo Frente, a collective that played a pivotal role in introducing Concrete art to Brazil and fostering a new artistic discourse. Weissmann’s sculptures, often characterized by clean lines, bold shapes, and industrial materials like metal, gained recognition for their innovative approach. His works broke away from traditional sculptural norms, embracing a language of abstraction that resonated with contemporary artistic trends. Throughout his career, Weissmann’s contributions extended beyond his artistic practice. He taught at the University of Brasília’s Institute of Arts during the early 1970s, sharing his insights and influencing a new generation of artists. Franz Weissmann passed away on April 10th, 2005, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leaving behind a legacy that continues to influence modern sculpture and geometric abstraction. His innovative spirit, dedication to pushing artistic boundaries, and involvement in shaping Brazilian art history cement his position as a key figure in the intersection of art and abstraction.


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“Franz WEISSMANN (1911-2005)
Estructura (1969)

Lot # 65
Welted steel
100 x 70 x 70 cm
Hammer price: $ 320,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 386,500
Estimate: $ 60,000 – $ 80,000
16 Nov 2011, chrities New York”

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