|Anatomy of a Fairy Tale
Schloss Pörnbach, Bavière, Allemagne
Du 9 juin au 30 septembre 2018
The mysterious world of fairy tales is the world of our childhood. Fairy tales have come down to us over the centuries, even over millennia, and have crossed mountains, rivers, and continents on their way.
Thirty contemporary artists have set out on a journey into the world of legend, have wound their way through labyrinthine fairy tale forests, and through painting, photography, sculpture, computer graphics, and installations have created their own myths on their quest to find the key to what kind of reality emerges when words are silenced.
In these works, we find mysterious symbols, dreamlike sequences, metamorphoses reminiscent of animal fables, bizarre forms with savage undertones. Nightmare-like, tangled sculptures evoke the paralyzing terror that the heroes of legends – and we along with them – must face and overcome. Confusing signs dominate strange, ethereal spaces, fantastical shapes materialize, become mirrors of our own fears and desires. As viewers, we find ourselves in a world whose logic is somehow familiar to us through our own reception of sagas and legends, the laws of which, however, have simultaneously been laid bare and invalidated. We are compelled to find new meanings for that which has been left unsaid – to find one of the bread crumbs that have been scattered by the artist. For the first time we become aware of the unique extraordinariness of the forest surrounding this trace and can look beyond the vanishing path upon which we find ourselves at the moment. In this kind of viewing, the inherent numinosity of these myths and legends may very likely reemerge and speak to us, invoking the very essence of the human spirit and awakening our need to delve into these depths and give to them a lasting expression.