Thomas Grünfeld, ‘misfit (Rosella/mole)’, 2009, Outset: Benefit Auction 2017

From the Catalogue:
Grünfeld‘s creatures, rather than raising issues of visual perception or the politics of style, make reference to a popular storytelling tradition from southern Germany - the politics here are symbolic. Called wolperfinger, the stories tell of improbable animals with human traits. Like most folk tales, they are moralistic; suggesting that Grünfeld‘s strange pets are meant to put us face to face with our principles. By manipulating Mother Nature, in the form of antlered animals with webbed feet or furry specimens with wings, Grünfeld seems to wander into a dialectic territory: the real versus the imaginary and, perhaps, eventually good versus evil.
Source:, Deborah Irmas

Signature: Signed on the box

Image rights: Donated by Thomas Grünfeld Photo: Lothar Schnepf © 2017 VG Bildkunst, Bonn

About Thomas Grünfeld

Thomas Grünfeld is best known for his “Misfits”—sculptures made from taxidermied animals. Grünefeld’s animals, however, subvert the typically scientific nature of taxidermy and instead represent fictional creatures: He places a pig’s head on a bird’s body in Misfit (pig/bird) (2001), or a dog’s head on the body of a calf in Misfit (doberman) (1998). The works reference German folklore, specifically children’s wolperfinger—moralizing fables about human-like animals—and as such evoke proverbial battles between real and imaginary, good and evil.

German, b. 1956, Opladen, Germany, based in Cologne, Germany