Korona. 1961. Bronze with gray-black, partly auburn patina. Clarenbach 257. Monogrammed on the base. From an edition of 3 casts. Ca. 29.5 x 22.5 x 10 cm (11.6 x 8.8 x 3.9 in). Another copy is in possession of the Fritz and Maria Koenig Foundation, Landshut. • Rare early work that already suggests the key characteristics of Koenig's sculptural creation. • First copy from the edition of 3 that is offered on the international auction market. • Acquired from the New York Staempfli Gallery, which showed the artist's first U.S. solo show in 1961. • Around 1970 Koenig received the spectacular commission for "The Sphere", a monumental globe-shaped bronze erected between the two towers of the New York World Trade Center, today it is a world-famous memorial for the 9/11 attacks. • In 2018 the Uffizi Gallery in Florence showed a grand retrospective exhibition in honor of the artist. • Works by the artist are in many renowned collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
We are grateful to Dr. Dietrich Clarenbach, Gauting, for his kind expert advice.
PROVENANCE: Staempfli Gallery, New York (directly from the artist). Corprate collection Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (acquired from aforementioned in 1976).