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KPM owner Jörg Woltmann spoke with König about deceleration, his love of Brutalist aesthetics and pocket squares. The following is an excerpt of their interview.Jörg Woltmann: Mr. König, when we started thinking about a collaboration between your gallery and KPM Berlin, you immediately brought up the Austrian sculptor, Erwin Wurm. Why?
Johann König: Erwin Wurm seemed to me to be the right person to create something interesting and unexpected out of porcelain. He is a “deformalist”. He deforms objects, inflates them, fuses handbags with women's legs, bends trucks, narrows houses. His bronze statue "Big Mutter," a giant hot-water bottle on two legs, stood in front of my gallery in Berlin-Kreuzberg – so I could observe how fascinated and enthusiastic passers-by were about his work.JW: Erwin Wurm designed a vase for KPM Berlin in the shape of a man's torso with flowers growing out of his collar ...
JK: ... actually I would have liked to create a whole series of different Wurm products. I have a great passion for producing them. We do a lot of glass casting, make works of art out of bronze and stainless steel. I'm used to tackling things quickly, implementing ideas. But that's not possible with porcelain, I had to learn.JW: No, porcelain is a complicated material. The mould construction for each product is complex, its production very time-consuming. We have to take our time. In return, what is created is more exclusive.
JK: And we can make each of our men's torsos even more unique. I'm excited about the idea that we will glaze some parts, like the lapels, pocket, belt, collar, and leave others bisque. There are hundreds of possible combinations. That's how we make each piece unique.© Images Roman März