Is Illustration Art?

Wonderful, this contribution follows almost seamlessly to the previous one! To anticipate it right away: I mean YES! Illustration can be art. But not because art comes from skill and the craftsmanship in illustration can hardly inspire us. Last week I discussed art and illustration in a nice circle. The …

The shadow of the avant-garde

I was recently at the Museum in Essen. That had long been on my to-do list. And secretly I continue my 10×10 story with this visit. As a big fan of Classical Modernism (somehow it got stuck very deep in me during my studies) I naturally had to visit the …

Chagall

Father, mother, the two grandmothers, my handsome grandfather, our family, other families, weddings, funerals, rich and poor, our street, the gardens – all this passes me by like the deep waters of the Düna. My parental home no longer exists. Everything has disappeared or died. […] But I don’t want …

Micro Stories of an Eccentric Modernity

There they are hanging on overman-high lattice walls, and when the neon light comes on, you rub your eyes in amazement. ‘You here’, one might ask. You know each other, friendship by habit. So close, so dark and simple, but it wasn’t about her for a long time. All right, …

Bauhaus and America

In 2019, numerous museums and institutions celebrate the founding of the Bauhaus School 100 years ago. And not only in Weimar, Dessau or Berlin. In North Rhine-Westphalia, too, more than 40 exhibitions and projects recall an idea and its design that had existed in Germany for just under 15 years …

Titian and the Renaissance in Venice

A little sadness seems to lie in that look The dark eyes testify to the absence, the short moment in which the thoughts determine the expression, in which the whole concentration on the feelings expresses itself in a blurred look into an unknown distance and in the lips that are …

Acute Art: Virtual Reality in Art

Perhaps it has been discussed for too long, but I have to say that the discourse on immersive art is stagnating. On the one hand, there are its advocates, for whom immersion means finally tearing down the wall between high art and its devout observers. They see it as progress …

Balthus

For many, it is the most important work of Balthus: Passage du Commerce- Saint-André. I must confess that it is rare and beneficial that the common sense in this case corresponds entirely to my own feelings. The 1952/53 painting is really a masterpiece. I even think that Balthus can be …