The Paul Schatz Foundation is a rather remarkable organization. As such it not only administers, manages and mediates, but also develops and makes accessible the legacy of the inventor, artist and technician PAUL SCHATZ (1898 – 1979). The discovery of the possibility to evert, that is to turn inside out, all platonic bodies, and thereby emerging new shape or body which he called the Oloid belong to his greatest achievements.
Furthermore, the foundation understands itself as a promoter of creative thinking processes. Thus, besides dedicating itself to the historical body of work, it also works towards the development of future technologies, in particular rhythmic machinery which operate according to the laws of eversion. By disseminating information, holding seminars, mounting exhibitions and giving guided tours, as well as presenting publications and model objects, the foundation offers multiple ways to learn about a new genial kind of spatial forms and to experience space in a creative way.
Who was Paul Schatz?
Born 1898 in Konstanz, Germany, Paul Schatz was fascinated by the technical developments of the new century. He excelled in school where he was awarded the Graf Zeppelin price, a stipend given for the highest achievement in the fields of mathematics and the natural sciences. He continued his studies at the technical Institute of mathematics and engineering in Munich, and then later on changed to astronomy. Yet the one-sided approach to science caused him to study sculpture. This then was accompanied by profound study of Anthroposophy, through which he asked himself more and more regarding the source and wellspring of his creative work.
As a result this inner discussion he published his first book: „Der Weg zur künstlerischen Gestaltung in der Kraft des Bewusstseins” (“the path to artistic forming in the power of consciousness”, self-published, Konstanz 1927). He then moved to Dornach, Switzerland, where he lived and worked as artist, inventor and technologist till the end of his life on March7th 1979.
His most important discoveries are the Oloid and the evertable cube, both of which were taken up in technology, mathematics, arts and design, music as well as pedagogy and continue to find uses in many fields of research, in culture and even every day use.
Paul Schatz always understood the development of new technologies in the sense of the Greek “techne”; as an artistic exercise. To realize a new technology which stands in accordance to nature and mankind was his life’s ideal, his dream and driving ambition. The Paul Schatz Foundation stands as a meeting place with an exhibition hall and an full archive consisting of the notes and writings, the sculptural as well as the technical legacy and models. The foundation is located in Basel, Switzerland and is financed by donations.
The building located at 50 Jurastrasse, Basel is a good fifty years old and does not conform to the demands of a modern archival and mediating culture anymore. This then necessitates renewal as well as conversion and renovation. Furthermore, new contemporary exhibition and project concepts should be made available to connect the topic more thoroughly with the general public and the technical themes; to create a Paul Schatz Laboratory that can present this through fascinating new exhibits. This, in order to realize our vision: “The foundation honors Paul Schatz’ work and its outstanding significance for society and the environment. The foundation has set as its goal the promoting of science, research as well as art and designs to the highest standards of esthetic quality, to give it worldwide visibility and thus open the fascinating world of Paul Schatz to the public.”
Attention focuses on the following work topics:
Estate â€“ writings: the archive comprises personal and business letters, diaries and notebooks, drawings, poems, test reports; memoranda, papers, and works already published in the past. All these are gradually to be published or made accessible to those interested.
Estate â€“ models: geometrical models, teaching aids, architectural or furniture models, as well as technical prototypes are on the verge of disintegrating. Proven experts shall restore these models with the help of endowments and donations.
Estate â€“ sculptures: this part of the estate shall have to be indexed. Possibly, works now in private hands could be reacquired. Paul Schatzâ€™s wooden sculptures have hardly been documented or described to date. A respective publication would also be worthwhile.
Water research: in the late 1950s Paul Schatz studied issues touching upon the quality of water and water treatment. This research approach continues the pioneering protection-of-the-environment movement and works on imaging methods in the field of quality assurance.
The art of engineering: to complement its historic work, the Foundation focuses on promoting developments conforming to Paul Schatzâ€™s intention of creating an art of engineering respecting nature and man.
Exhibitions: geometric objects radiate an aesthetic fascination that allows the public to experience the phenomena of inversion in a truly impressive manner. The two companies have a travelling exhibition of about 40 objects and machines at disposal. In the 1980s and 1990s, more than 20 exhibitions were organized, all of them to great success. These objects may be put at the disposal of museums or other organizers such as schools and universities. A small permanent exhibition may also be visited at Jurastrasse 50 in Basel if you call in advance.
Organic architecture: a large part of the papers published by Paul Schatz in Mensch und Baukunst or Man and the Art of Building, a magazine, deals with the geometric foundation of a new definition of space that bases its holistic approach on the concept of inversion.
The Board of Trustees consists of the following members:
Tobias Langscheid, René Favre, Haiggi Baumgartner, Vera Koppehel, Pia Zeugin.
The brochure is available in english for download as PDF.
Brochure (size: 365 KB)
Paul Schatz. The Study of Rhythms and Technology.
The Evertible Cube. Polysomatic Form-Finding.
156 pages, more than 200 illustrations, 24 x 28 cm, Softcover with flaps,
first publication inEnglish : CHF 58.–, Euro (D) 46.–, Euro (A) 47.30
The world can be turned inside out. The world has rhythm. This perspective of wood sculptor, technician and inventor Paul Schatz offers whole new viewpoints. He succeeded in creating a technology which brings the laws and rhythms of nature in line. Schatz’s journey of discovery leads to stunning developments in design, in the perception of the geometric and architectural space, and to a new art of mechanical engineering. Oloids and cuboids are forms that are intriguing in their beauty. Turbula and Inversina mixers are used for industrial purposes while the oloid has proved very useful in water and environmental engineering. The book presents a life’s work that hasn’t suffered a loss of currency. The Study of Rhythms and Technology bridges the gap between art and natural sciences and offers inspiration for the work of philosophers and practitioners alike.
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Paul Schatz Stiftung
T: +41 (0)61 - 365 90 30
F: +41 (0)61 - 365 90 39
Account for donations Switzerland:
IBAN: CH10 9000 0000 4056 29716