Bert Papenfuß/Antonio Saura Die Mauer

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Edited by: Archives antonio saura Graphic Design: Ralph Gabriel German 2012, 192 Pages, 73 Ills. Hardcover 1mm x 1mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3409-7
| An artist uses documentary photography to explore the Berlin Wall | Social critique in a poetic guise

Four years before it fell, Spanish artist Antonio Saura (1930–1998) dealt with the Berlin Wall. In 1985 he created two cycles consisting of sixty-two overpaintings on mainly black-and-white (and a few color) photographs, eight autonomous works on paper, and a handful of overpainted postcards. Poet Bert Papenfuß (*1965 in Stavenhagen) now juxtaposes these works with poems, aphorisms, and prose. His texts, some of which are historical, reflect photographic traces of the Cold War and are all the more striking when read alongside Saura’s partial overpaintings. Yet he also deals with the wall as a theme in a transcending sense. While Papenfuß uses words to ”paint” written images, Saura “speaks” through color, form, and composition, creating, in two respects, a radically aesthetic historical document about the Berlin Wall.