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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.

Shopping Spree

Posters made political 2 - 60 Years 'Art in the Underground'

Exhibition by Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst
at Station Alexanderplatz Bhf (Metro U5)
Saturday, 17 November 2018 — Monday, 26 November 2018
Opening: 16 November 2018, 19 - 20:30h

Illustration Shopping Spree in Berlin
Shopping Spree in Berlin


Stephan Kurr / mark / Felix Pestemer & GloReiche Nachbarschaft
The focus of this year’s competition »Posters made political« is the connection between the outlying district of Berlin-Hellersdorf and the Alexanderplatz—the latter being an emblem of the urban downtown hub as well as the original competition venue. Under the motto “Right to the City“ artistic projects examine the relationship between urban policy and civic participation, and ask: Who is the city? Who does it belong to?

Felix Pestemer und GloReiche Nachbarschaft
»Shopping Spree«, »Sozial Romantiker«, »Crane Invasion«
The artist Felix Pestemer is part of the Kreuzberg initiative GloReiche Nachbarschaft, which campaigns against how local tenants are being squeezed out of their ’hood. His images derive from conversations with fellow members of the initiative. The most critical issues are the sell-out of the city to international investors, the spiraling rents caused by luxury developments on former vacant lots, and the devastating effect on the local population of ill-considered and pro-business urban planning.

GloReiche Nachbarschaft
For a social city - against expulsion
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Exhibition "Graphic Novels" in the gallery Stihl

Exhibition of current German Graphic Novel Releases
from 29 September 2018 to 6 January 2019

Opening: 28 September 2018, 19h

Galerie Stihl Waiblingen
Weingärtner Vorstadt 12
71332 Waiblingen

Telefon +49/ 7151/ 5001-1686

Exhibition on the galerie hompage (German):

Download Flyer "Graphic Novels. Aktuelle deutsche Comic-Romane" (German) - PDF

Interview with Felix Pestemer (German) - PDF


Where do all the dragons come from? ('A dragon egg in the brainstem', © Felix Pestemer / avant Verlag, 2018)
Where do all the dragons come from? ('A dragon egg in the brainstem', © Felix Pestemer / avant Verlag, 2018)


Six large-format drawings of six fictitious places serve as illustrations for six passages from Claus Maywald’s poem 'Monologue': isolated worlds located somewhere between the great beyond and the here and now.

One way to read the poem ‚Monologue‘ by Claus Maywald is to interpret it as a futile attempt by this family man to initiate a dialog with a daughter who has passed away. At least that is what the poem’s title does suggest to us. At first glance, his quest for her and for spaces of remembrance only seems to reinforce the grief. However, there is also a sense that solace might be found in those spaces. This is not an easy path to take, as becomes palpable to the reader as well. The feeling of personal loss is intense throughout the text – and yet every word is universal and concerns all of us. This is not because we share this loss (or because we are mortal as well). In reading the poem, we may rather venture on the task of commiserating and approaching the world of emotions that follows the passing of a loved one. Many people want nothing to do with that. Sooner or later, however, the day comes … and it is good to know that the experience of grief work has been given poetic form here.

Collaborating with the author, the artist Felix Pestemer has accepted and absorbed the challenges posed by this text. The six large-format drawings he created for Claus Maywald’s ‘Monologue’ are striking “windows” to the above-mentioned worlds situated between the great beyond and the here and now, spaces where time stands still and where we may have encounters with the ghosts of the dead. Texts and illustrations are combined into an artistic ensemble the like of which does not exist in the sphere of overcoming grief.

Since August 2017, the drawings have been part of the collection of the Museum for Sepulchral Culture in Kassel. The first exhibition is scheduled for late 2018.

Pencil and ink on paper laid down on canvas, 200 x 100 cm

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