Art protects against madness

Art protects against madness

"Dream images – bildertraum" the current exhibition of the art association in the monchshof is over-written. But at the vernissage the ambiguity of the title became obvious: the fantastic art of alfred kubin (1877-1959), caspar walter rauh (1912-1983) and stephan klenner-otto (born in 1959) rather take up nightmarish themes.
A clock with a hand that cuts off a head every hour. A cursed man who sweeps other creatures – seemingly motionless – into the black abyss. Or oversized gruesome shapes and skeletons, this is how alfred kubin interprets the threats of the times. Caspar walter rauh, who this year celebrates his 100th birthday. The artist, who was able to celebrate his 50th birthday, has processed the experiences of his war service in poland, france and russia in his paintings.
In the works of the contemporary artist stephan klenner-otto, one repeatedly encounters the absurd. Creatures drawn by decay and loose eyeballs are part of his pictorial language.
"I simply had more luck than the other two artists", says stephan klenner-otto. He did not have to experience the horrors of war personally. But he also knows depression, despair and abysses – and he gives them shape in his paintings. "Art protects from madness", is one of his favorite sayings.
The paintings from three generations are very different in style – and yet they have some things in common. "Art comes from ability", said the chairman of the art association, karl-heinz greim, complimenting the artists. Mayor stefan schaffranek was pleased about the importance of art in kulmbach. With nine exhibitions a year, the kunstverein, which has just celebrated its 150th anniversary. Member has set the bar high and given art a platform.
Caspar walter rauh is actually at the center of the artist's triad, astrid fick emphasized in her laudatory speech. The artist, who lived for many years in kulmbach and eventually died here, would have turned 100 this year.
Evi weier admires rauh's art. "For me it was always the uncle walter, but unfortunately I had little contact during my lifetime, I lived in essen", betrayal the grobnichte of the artist. She herself has some caspar walter rauh pictures in her collection.
Stephan klenner-otto has also made his first etching available for the exhibition. The special one: "I made it when I was 19 under the guidance of caspar walter rauh", tells the artist.