Blurred contours in thick paint: How Richard Gerstl abandoned figuration and alienated his contemporaries.
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How did painting develop? René Magritte examined the ancient myths surrounding the origin of art and its purpose. We hunt for traces.
When education goes off track: Artist Pilvi Takala’s film, to be shown at the Double Feature on March 27, shows that life as a teacher can become servitude.
How can we understand the phenomenon that is René Magritte? The artist’s collected writings are brimming with dreams, conversations, biographical anecdotes and artistic treatises that say a great deal about him.
From Washington to Trump: US Presidents have always been a rich source of inspiration for artists. These images are inevitably also a political statement – not always to the benefit of the Head of State.
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Can you simply assign objects new names? In his “word-image paintings” Magritte employed the linguistic theories of Ferdinand de Saussure – and questioned the complex system of language.
René Magritte influenced certain important artists of the post-War period. We search for traces in the works of Jasper Johns, Vija Celmins and Ed Ruscha.
In Double Feature, British artist Beatrice Gibson addresses the value of money. This is followed by an all-but-forgotten pearl of film history by William Greaves.
When Sigmund Freud’s “Die Traumdeutung” (The Interpretation of Dreams) was published in 1900, Richard Gerstl was just 17 years old. He was one of the first to buy it.
Two films on two major 20th-century artists were presented at this year’s Berlinale and will be in cinemas later this year. SCHIRN MAG took a look at the films in question.
He came from a good family, had no financial worries and was short-tempered: Richard Gerstl’s style was so ground-breaking and alien that he never had an exhibition during his livetime.
Richard Gerstl grew up, studied and fought for recognition in Vienna. With his early death, his career ended abruptly before it had even started. This text traces the artist’s life and work in his home town.
In the past the transmediale in Berlin addressed the future. Today, the present has overtaken the festival.