The 49 illustrations were created over a period of four years since 2002. Pavel Schmidt worked on the picture cycle on trips to Munich, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Bern, Venice, Florence, New York, Strasbourg, and Prague, in hotels, cafés, interstate service areas, restaurants, and parks.
He sketched with pencil, ink, and oil on writing paper and card. The
Franz Kafka series which emerged is structured in its content: The
first section focuses on characters from Franz Kafka's work, the second
on people who were close to the author such as his father Hermann
Kafka, his fellow author and friend Max Brod, and his fiancée Felice
Bauer. Pavel Schmidt devotes the final section to encounters and
feelings of people featuring in Kafka's stories and novels.
"Pavel Schmidt: f.k." publishes hitherto unpublished texts from Franz Kafka's bequest. The combination of these texts with an art book by Pavel Schmidt, the facets of Schmidt's associative method of visualization and the poetic force of Kafka's language, are astoundingly atmospheric.
Are black athletes better than white athletes? Do homosexuals have a particular appreciation for art? Are pipe smokers easygoing and do Jews have long noses?
Stereotypes shape our image of ourselves and of "others" and provide
material for racist and anti-Semitic ideologies. In three essays with
over 150 illustrations, this book takes a look at clichés and
prejudices, how they come about, the function they serve, and how
politics and art can break them down.
Characterizations, classifications, and generalizations provide us with reference points which help us find our feet in the world. But at what point do they turn into stereotyped thinking, senseless prejudices, and resentments? When do they become nationalistic, anti-Semitic or racist?
This book explores the emphatically caricature-like characterization of other nationalities prevalent in the 19th century, the continuing struggle of the African-Americans against racism, and the question of why often malevolent accounts of others are relished. The exhibits demonstrate how bizarre and shocking objects can emerge when they are an expression of stereotypical thinking; these are presented once more here in context.
In three illuminating essays the authors of this volume examine the role of art and the artist in Israel today.
Susan Tumarkin Goodman
investigates the aesthetic and political contexts of photography and
video art "made in Israel"; Andy Grundberg discusses the roots of the
art of photography in Israel, placing it in an international context;
and Nissan N. Perez offers insight into the cultural topics that
influence the production of art in Israel today.
The English original addition is supplemented by German translations of the three essays.
Contributions by Judith C. Belinfante, Joel Cahen, Christine Fischer-Defoy,
Martin Mansoor, Ad Petersen, Angeli Sachs, Gerhard Schoenberner, Sabine
Schulze, Lonnie Stegink and Edward van Voolen.
CD-ROM "Charlotte Salomon. The complete collection"
in English and Dutch
This cd-rom offers you:
All sheets belonging to Life? or Theatre?, including transparencies, verso-sides and the many disapproved versions, music extracts, spoken texts, texts written by Charlotte Salomon, extensive documentation with photographs, a bibliography, a video fragment and an introduction to the work.
Published by the Jodds Historisch Museum Amsterdam
Price: 19,95 euros
"Chantal Akerman: Neben seinen Schnürsenkeln in einem leeren Kühlschrank laufen" (Chantal Akerman: Walking Next to One's Shoelaces Inside an Empty Fridge)
Publication on the installation of the same name.
Edited by Cilly Kugelmann
Jewish Museum Berlin/Laconic Press, hardcover, approx. 56 pp. with illustrations of the installations, price: approx. 9 euros
Contents "Heb es gut auf" (Be Careful With That)
Chantal Akerman and Charlotte Salomon at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Muttertag (Mothers' Day)
On Chantal Akerman
Die Autobiografiespirale (The Autobiographical Spiral)
Neben seinen Schnürsenkeln in einem leeren Kühlschrank laufen (Walking Next to One's Shoelaces Inside an Empty Fridge)
Exhibitions and Films