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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

At Home in the ATRIUM

We invite you to celebrate with us 30 years of cultural education at the ATRIUM in the areas of fine arts, media, theater, dance and literature. With a floor space of 5,000 sq m and approx. 70,000 users per year, ATRIUM is the largest art college for the young in Germany. 30 years of institutional tradition have created an abundance of experience here. Apart from being diverse, one key to this success are the constantly evolving formats and contents of events that are organized in response to current needs and developments in society and at the school.

Illustration 'Zuhause im Atrium'

The festive occasion is marked by the publication of a special volume titled “At Home in the Atrium”. Prepared by Andreas Dimmler and containing, inter alia, more than 30 illustrations by Felix Pestemer, the book provides detailed information about the school’s history and its many offerings.


4 p.m. > studio: official ceremony including presentation of the special volume „At Home at the ATRIUM – Reinickendorf’s Art College for the Young Turns 30”  
5 p.m. > art park and ATRIUM: festival for the old and the young with, inter alia, banquet table in the art park, an exhibition in the Atrium gallery and stands where people can participate in arts and crafts activities (e.g. construction, photography, printing, welding, dancing, painting, grouting, spray painting…)

6:15 p.m. > ATRIUM stage: courses offered at the school present themselves to visitors

7:20 p.m. > literary coffee shop: art auctio

Jugendkunstschule ATRIUM
Senftenberger Ring 97
13435 Berlin - Reinickendorf
Telefon: 030 403 82 96 - 0
Telefax: 030 403 82 96 - 16

Illustration 'Jugendkunstschule Atrium - Kunst, Literatur, Theater, Medien'

'Die Schraube' goes Hamburg

Hans Knirsch goes for a tour through Germany but doesn't stop over in Hamburg. Let's see if this goes down well ...

11 May 2017, 7 P.M.

Instituto Cervantes Hamburg

Chilehaus, Eingang B
Fischertwiete 1
20095 Hamburg
Tel: +49-40-530 205 29-0

Exhibition Picnic Time

6 May – 17 September 2017

Opening: 5 May 2017, 7 P.M.

A picnic in the park, un déjeuner sur l’herbe – the activity of eating together in natural surroundings is popular all over the world.

People have been enjoying this pastime as far back as the Ancient Greeks, and with the invention of the picnic basket in England in the eighteenth century, dining en plein air became a social event. With the aid of photographs, films, installations and objects, this exhibition takes a closer look at our fascination with picnicking, traversing various epochs and cultural contexts. For instance, what is the nature of the lavish picnics during the Henley Royal Regatta in England? How do people picnic on the world’s highest mountains? How do they do it in the Middle East? And how did people picnic in Japan during the cherry-blossom season at the turn of the nineteenth century? Picnic utensils from a wide range of cultures and contexts – from the finest lacquerware, crystal glassware and silver cutlery to the pragmatic and practical plastic ensembles of the modern day – all tell tales of just how varied this popular cultural practice is. The exhibition is accompanied by numerous events and installations inviting museum-goers to come and picnic in the surrounding Metzlerpark.

Felix Pestemer will contribute a selection of documentary drawings of the Mexican Day of the Dead festivities taken from his graphic novel 'Dust of the ancestors' in the section Picnic on the graveyard.


Museum Angewandte Kunst

Schaumainkai 17
60594 Frankfurt
T + 49 69 212 44539 (Foyer)
T + 49 69 212 31286 / 38857 (Information)

opening hours
Mo closed
Tue, Thur to Sun 10 am to 6 pm
Wed 10 am to 8 pm


Heinrich Hasselhorst 'Der Wäldchestag'
Heinrich Hasselhorst 'Der Wäldchestag'

Average Hans

Planning, control, security – these are the (post-)Prussian virtues Hans Knirsch appears to embody better than anybody else. Yet, it only takes a tiny bit more than the departure of Hans’ spouse Helena to a health resort in order to dramatically alter his experience of the conditio germana. This tiny bit manifests itself in the form of a screw falling out of his nose. In analogy to his nasal emission, a deeply disturbed Hans begins to feel as out of place as the little piece of metal on his breakfast table. Knirsch subsequently loses control over his life and, thus becoming a plaything of coincidence, embarks on an aimless road trip through Germany. While problems are piling up around him, he imperceptibly closes in on the solution of his real conflict.

Cover 'Die Schraube' An illustrated novel

'Die Schraube'
An illustrated novel
Álamos Publishing, 2016
ISBN: 978-3-00-050480-8
148 pages / 17 x 24,5 cm
19,99 €











Robin Jahnke’s first novel is characterized by its lighthearted humor. If it was not for its setting under an overcast sky, 'Die Schraube' might pass off as a studio theater play. Jahnke sends his caricatures of essential German characters off into unexpected situations and develops – partly in page-long footnotes – a panorama of Germany which is strikingly precise in all its weirdness. The protagonists display a hodgepodge of human flaws: regarding their opposing characteristics and attitudes, compulsive Helena Knirsch can be considered the antagonist of Doro Schlüter, the latter a punk and chaos expert. In turn, the two female characters may be construed as two opposite poles of Hans’ inner life. Hans on the other hand is an open invitation for empathic embarrassment. He expertly fails in matters of his individual freedom, while tackling his own uncertainty with a virtue that presumably is the most typical among the German virtues: he functions. At least for as long as functioning functions.

Hans Knirsch looking for an emergency telephone (Illustration: Felix Pestemer)
Hans Knirsch looking for an emergency telephone (Illustration: Felix Pestemer)

The interplay of image and text is truly unique in this novel. Immediately after drafting its plot, Jahnke began the collaboration with Berlin-based artist Felix Pestemer. The duo managed to congenially interweave the novel’s scenes with Pestemer’s numerous detailed drawings. These illustrations accomplish more than merely a visual exemplification of Jahnke’s prose, they generate meaning in additional narrative layers as they playfully offer interpretations, sometimes they even take the story further than the text initially did. This way, the novel with each page further condenses a world so grotesque it "could not be more realistic", as the blurb puts it.

Designer Paul Bieri took care of the layout and is thus responsible for the book’s superb quality of print and production. The novel has been ordered as a contract work by Mexican publisher Lino Santacruz Moctezuma. He granted complete artistic license to Jahnke and Pestemer – as long as the novel would in the broadest sense represent their native country of Germany. For well over 15 years now, Santacruz has worked as a diplomat, spokesperson, editor, and not least as a patron of culture in Germany. In this vein, he looks upon the project as a contribution to the bilateral relations between the two countries. Jahnke’s and Pestemer’s approach of painting a picture of Germany inhabited by caricatures and satirized stereotypes puts a smirk on Santacruz’ face: "Typically German".

"Christian Gaul reads from 'Die Schraube' at the book presentation in the Berliner Akademie der Künste/Academy of Arts, Berlin"
"Christian Gaul reads from 'Die Schraube' at the book presentation in the Berliner Akademie der Künste/Academy of Arts, Berlin"

The novel 'Die Schraube' has been published in November 2016 by newly established Álamos Publishing in both German and Spanish. An audiobook version of 'Die Schraube' is so far only available in German, read by actor and voice actor Christian Gaul. The novel has been created on the occasion of the Germany-Mexico-Year 2016-17, parallel to the collection of stories 'Potsom', a volume of twelve transcribed narratives of the indigenous peoples of Mexico.

Niels H. Blume, First editor of 'The Screw'