Hubert Aratym photographing a child as an angel in his Face-in-hole paintings of characters while others watch for Luna Luna park 1987.

Hubert Aratym

Hubert Aratym’s contribution to the 1987 Luna Luna park was a series of painted head-through-the-wall cutout boards featuring various artist created characters

For Luna Luna, Hubert Aratym designed an installation where visitors inserted their faces into cut-out holes, superimposing them onto the bodies of various characters.

Artist

Hubert Aratym

Attraction

Face-in-hole paintings of characters

Born

1926, Austria

Aratym was a painter, sculptor, stage designer, and tapestry artist

He collaborated with André Heller on another project called Circus Roncalli

His work often addresses identity through anguished figures with obscured faces

Hubert Aratym.

Fairground view: Hubert Aratym, Head-through-the-wall paintings of characters. Luna Luna, Hamburg, Germany, June-July, 1987.

Hubert Aratym was an Austrian painter, sculptor, stage designer, and tapestry artist who designed set pieces for Jean Genet and costumes for Circus Roncalli, a professional circus founded in 1976 by Bernhard Paul and André Heller. Aratym’s tense paintings depict anguished figures with obscured faces, whether looking away, blindfolded, or wrapped in fabric, often taking the form of triptychs that resemble altarpieces.

Hubert Aratym, Head-through-the-wall paintings of characters, exhibited 1987.

Hubert Aratym.

For the original Luna Luna, Aratym designed an installation where visitors inserted their faces into cut-out holes, superimposing them onto the bodies of an angel, a beggar, a harlequin, a king, and a whore. The installation plays with a classic carnival attraction and invites audiences to complete his paintings with their own identities, each time transforming the work anew. René Clemencic composed original music for the installation.

Hubert Aratym, Head-through-the-wall paintings of characters, exhibited 1987.

Daytime view of guests with Hubert Aratym’s painted head -in-the-wall cutout boards for the original 1987 Luna Luna park.

Fairground view: Hubert Aratym, Head-through-the-wall paintings of characters. Luna Luna, Hamburg, Germany, June-July, 1987.

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