When he was alive, Albin Moroder liked things simple. No unnecessary frills, not too many details which could be distracting. His talent, his passion and his life work lay in this minimalism. It is ten years since the death of the sculptor from the Ziller Valley, who experienced the art world over two centuries, never adapting his style but modernising it.
He was born in Schlitters, at the entrance to the Ziller Valley, in 1922. When he was five years old, he moved with his family to Mayrhofen, into a home which his father had built himself. Like his father, Albin also liked to make his own creations on a large scale: artistic figures! Simple, but modern, with flowing lines and without noticeable edges or corners. Moroder’s sculptures are characterised by their fluid, soft transitions and have been exhibited in capital cities around the world such as Vienna, Paris and London. Albin especially liked working with wood and bronze. His pieces are still sold today.
Holy work of art
The crucifix, the artistic depiction of Jesus Christ on the cross, was a recurring motif in Albin’s art throughout his life. In 2005, two years before his death, Albin’s talent won him an audience with the Pope. Using his incredible passion and talent for sculpture, he created a modern crucifix from wood which he presented to Pope Benedict XVI during a private audience. The wood and the origins of this cross were special as it was carved from a simple branch from the artist’s garden. It was this piece of wood from which Moroder chose to create his depiction of Christ’s stigmata.