Walther, Franz Erhard

Franz Erhard Walther and Thomas Deutschenbaur, managing director and materials developer, Development Never Stops, Adliswil, Switzerland © Manifesta 11

1939, Fulda, Germany. Lives and works in Fulda.

Host name(s): 
Thomas Deutschenbaur
Host profession(s): 
Textile producer and developer, Development Never Stops
Venues & Satellites: 
LöwenbräukunstPark Hyatt

Walther has been making works from fabric since the 1960s. His pioneer- ing work 1. Werksatz (1963 – 69) consists of objects made from cotton, with which viewers are invited to interact: to lie in them, cover themselves with them, or crawl through them. This potential for interaction is a vital part of the work. For Manifesta 11, Walther has collaborated with a textile developer to create a garment out of Deutschleder. According to Walther, the robust cotton fabric appears ‘fairly exotic in everyday life’, but is not ‘eccentrically costume-like’. Employees of the Kunsthalle and the Park Hyatt hotel can be seen wearing this new design; the hotel employees also carry out special instructions given by Walther.

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