Foto: Marie-Claire Krahulec

Berlin Bag

Art edition by Bendix Bauer

The illustrator Bendix Bauer has created an exclusive art edition for the Berlinische Galerie that has gone on sale during Berlin Art Week 2016 as the “Berlin Bag” (€ 9). For this art edition he selected works from the collection and came up with a new interpretation. The resulting composition is a poetic narrative blending the abstract and the figurative, the past and the present – an hommage to “Berlin’s bohème”.

The bag quotes classics such as Iwan Puni’s “Synthetic Musician” (1921) and Eugen Spiro’s “Dancer Baladine Klossowski (Merline)” (1901) along with façades from Werner Heldt’s drawing “Skull with City” (1949), Julie Wolfthorn’s “Pipe Player” (c. 1900) and the “Rider by the Sea” by Benno Berneis (1913). It centres on the abstract “Composition” by Lajos d’Ebneth (1926), viewed here by the Berlin Bear.

Bendix Bauer drew inspiration from the myth of the Golden Twenties. In his opinion, “dancing on a volcano”, as Klaus Mann described it in “The Pious Dance” (1925), is still a valid metaphor for the metropolis Berlin: “The art edition is my wistful but cheerful love letter to the city and to the Berlinische Galerie. I see the reductionism, with its black-and-white silhouette style, as a counter-model to paintings oversaturated with colour. It coaxes out whatever is missing, prompting viewers to imagine their own projections and additions.”

Bendix Bauer (*1972) has lived and worked as a free-lance illustrator and artist in Berlin since 2000. Apart from illustrations for clients like AD, Interview Magazine, Der Spiegel, Moët & Chandon and fashion labels such as Adidas, his portfolio includes portraits and works of free expression. In recent years he has above all made a name for himself by designing prints for textiles and limited artist editions. His art editions have attracted many fans, among them celebrity names like Nena and Heidi Klum.


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