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The 9th Art

3 February - 6 May 2018

Opening: Friday, 2 Februar 2018, 7 P.M.

The latest works of 13 contemporary comic artists who have received national and international accolades are being shown at the Horst-Janssen-Museum in Oldenburg, with drawings by the German pioneer Hans Hillmann serving as introduction to the topic of the graphic novel. The exhibition is not mainly concerned with presenting printed drawings or finished books. Rather, the main focus here is on the original drawings and on the process of creating these works. Visitors will learn about the very individual approaches the artists take toward their projects and how diverse their tools, signatures, narrative styles and techniques are.

The graphic novels shown in this exhibition do not only represent a wide variety of styles but also of topics. They tell stories of all kinds of momentous experiences, everyday drama and personal trauma. Small-scale disasters are entangled with global political convulsions. Topics include both historical events and current developments in society. Biographic and autobiographic material stands next to examinations of the classics of world literature and to comics designed as journalistic explorations.

Artists: Anke Feuchtenberger, Anna Haifisch, Barbara Yelin, Birgit Weyhe, Felix Pestemer, Hans Hillmann, Isabel Kreitz, Jakob Hinrichs, Lukas Jüliger, Max Baitinger, Olivier Kugler, Reinhard Kleist, Simon Schwartz, Ulli Lust

The exhibition is part of the cooperation "The 9th Art" with the Town Museum Oldenburg and the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art.

Horst-Janssen-Museum Oldenburg
Am Stadtmuseum 4-8
26121 Oldenburg
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'Siegfried in Kummerland', Felix Pestemer 2017
'Siegfried in Kummerland', Felix Pestemer 2017

Sin Nombre

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – The Mexican Festival of the Dead on November 4th, 2017, starting at 7 p.m. at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture

'Welcome to the Land of the Free' – This scenario at the U.S.-Mexican border, meant as a deterrent, has served as inspiration for an edible version made of frosting.
'Welcome to the Land of the Free' – This scenario at the U.S.-Mexican border, meant as a deterrent, has served as inspiration for an edible version made of frosting.

The 'Día de los Muertos', as celebrated by the Museum of Sepulchral Culture, has become a highlight of cultural life in Kassel and far beyond. This year, the event is dedicated to the many people to the nameless dead, who have vanished at Mexico's borders and at every border in the world. This theme is reflected in two works designed for the occasion: a masterpiece of a cake by Bianca Maciejewski’s pie manufactory that is both morbid and thought-provoking and an installation next to the "Cantina sin Nombre" by Felix Pestemer, Berlin.

The festival is being kicked off at 5 p.m. in the afternoon by workshops for the old and the young. Photos by artist Alejandro Gutiérrez will also be exhibited; they provide insight into the traditions and celebrations at Mexican cemeteries on the "Day of the Dead". Works by artist Magda Hildebrand are on display as well. The Mexican dish of skulls made of sugar have inspired several of her paintings and a skull sculpture that combines wire with frosting. Finally, visitors may approach the large "Ofrenda", an altar for the dead, and deposit a small token of remembrance there for relatives who have passed away.

In addition to art, cultural history and confectionery, visitors can look forward to music, dances and culinary specialties from Mexico. Performers include the mariachi band “Sol Latino” from Berlin and the dance group "Xanat" of the "Mexikofreunde in Göttingen" society

Día de los Muertos at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 2 to 6 p.m.

This year, the Day of the Dead will not just be celebrated in Mexico but also at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne. The opening of an altar designed by artists Liliana Cobos and Rosaana Velasco will be accompanied by a cultural program. Visitors can look forward to two performances by the dance group „Viva México en Düsseldorf“, a talk given by Felix Pestemer on his graphic novel 'The Dust of the Ancestors' and a screening of the animated film “The Book of Life” by Jorge Gutiérrez.

Opening of the altar  2 p.m.
Dance group „Viva México en Düsseldorf“  2:20 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.
Talk on „The Dust of the Ancestors“ by Felix Pestemer  3:10 to 4 p.m.
Animated film „The Book of Life“ by Jorge Gutiérrez  4:15 to 17:50 p.m.

Download the program flyer here

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Kulturen der Welt
Cäcilienstr. 29-33, 50667 Köln
Tel.: +49-221-22131356

'Die Schraube' (The Screw) in Frankfurt

Álamos Publishing and the Mexican Consulate Frankfurt a.M. invite you to their presentation of the books 'Die Schraube / El Tornillo' and 'Potslom' at the Instituto Cervantes. The program consists of readings in German and in Spanish as well as a talk about the illustrations in 'Die Schraube'. Visitors can also look forward to servings of beer, wine and Mexican tapas.

Carpe diem, or what!?! (Illustration from 'Die Schraube' by Robin Jahnke © Álamos Publishing / Felix Pestemer, 2017)
Carpe diem, or what!?! (Illustration from 'Die Schraube' by Robin Jahnke © Álamos Publishing / Felix Pestemer, 2017)

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Start of the presentation: 7 p.m.

Instituto Cervantes
Staufenstraße 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

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-Wine, beer and Mexican tapas add the final touch to this literary evening.

"There is something within us that connects us to the rest of the world: an essence that constitutes our core and that we cannot shake off. The intention of Álamos Publishing is to make these connections visible – by way of diverse artistic positions and sentiments. We want to share fresh and innovative ideas with our readers that will open our eyes to the fact that we are in the right place at the right time to fully appreciate the abundance of regional cultures in our globalized world." - Álamos

German voice "The Screw": Christian Gaul (actor)
German voice "Postlom": Christian Gaul (actor)
Robin Jahnke and Felix Pestemer, author and illustrator of "The Screw", respectively, will attend the event

Harbour Front Festival

The cultural institutes that have joined forces to create Eunic-Hamburg, meaning the Institut français de Hambourg, the Instituto Cervantes, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Goethe-Institut, are hosting the 7th International Graphic Novel Salon with one graphic novel artist representing each of the four countries.

The graphic novel is a relatively young genre in the wide field of literature and, broadly speaking, constitutes a synthesis of literature and comic books. All those who want to find out more about this exciting genre can do so at the Graphic Novel Salon by encountering four prize-winning European artists while drinking a glass of wine. More information on the artists and their works will be posted here and on the websites of the cultural institutes in the near future.

An event organized by EUNIC-Hamburg and book store Strips & Stories, Hamburg.

Alice Socal: "Cry me a river". Rotopol
Aude Picault: "Ideal Standard". Reprodukt
Felix Pestemer: "The Dust of the Ancestors". avant
Bartolomé Seguí & Gabi Beltrán: "Stories from the Neighborhood" & "Paths Leading from the Neighborhood". avant

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 — 7 p.m.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Hansastraße 6
20149 Hamburg
VIIth International Graphic Novel Salon
Alice Socal (IT), Aude Picault (FR), Bartolomé Seguí & Gabi Beltrán (ES), Felix Pestemer (DE)

Entrance fee: none
To register call: 040/ 39 99 91 30