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In the Eye of the Beholder

Book presentation at the Alte Nationalgalerie
Thursday, 13 June 2019, 6 p.m.

With: Felix Pestemer (author and illustrator), Sigrid Wollmeiner (project manager at the administration of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Ralph Gleis (director of the Alte Nationalgalerie) and Johann Ulrich (avant-verlag)
Presented by: Lars von Törne (Tagesspiegel)



The museum as a place to meet and to communicate is at the centre of the new graphic novel by Berlin-based artist Felix Pestemer. His comic-tour around the Alte Nationalgalerie plays with associative interpretations, and it is only by the back door that it conveys knowledge about 19th century German art and the history of Prussia. This poses the question for the evening: How do we behold historic pieces of art today? Additionally, Felix Pestemer will give insight into how he graphically managed to bring anecdotes and incidents concerning famous paintings to life.

Admission free, Registration here.

Cover - Im Auge des Betrachters von Felix PestemerCover - In the Eye of the Beholder from Felix Pestemer


In the eye of the beholder - A tour around the Alte Nationalgalerie (Link)

avant-verlag / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2019
Graphic Novel, 112 pages, Hardcover, 30,5 x 22,5 cm
ISBN 978-3-96445-021-0

Paula and her brother Remo visit the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin with their grandfather. A cross-generational dialogue arises on their different interpretations of the works of art.

With numerous anecdotes, the genesis of works by realists and romantics, from Schadow and Schinkel to Caspar David Friedrich, to Böcklin and Menzel, is related from different perspectives. The vivid imagination of the grandchildren and their unconventional opinions animate the museum visit and arouse interest for the „real“ history of the pictures.

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