FRANK HENNING |PAINTING




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Art and Literature come together...

In my diploma thesis at the Rhein-Sieg-Kunstakademie I created an artistic interpretation of Thomas Manns novel "Death in Venice" to enable a new look at this complex theme, and therefore to create a new interesting entry to the novel.

At the beginning there was the question how I could transfer this theme into the medium of pictorial art or object art, so that the many-layered structure and ironic character of the book become significant in the pictorial language. Also I wanted to create a bridge between illustration and object art.

Later, when I showed my work to the Fischer-Verlag, Roland Spahr, the Thomas-Mann-expert of the publishing house, was positively impressed by the aesthetics of the work.

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A brief insight...

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Artist`s Book The special aesthetics of my objects attempts to make a connection to the complex structure of the novel. So also the sinister, with ash, soot, oil, acrylics and gold painted artist`s book.
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Cassette The heavy cassette, which is decorated with italian brass fittings, gold, acrylics- and oil structures, indicates with it materials to the destination of Aschenbach´s journey and to the Art Nouveau period.
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Font "Belle Epoque" For my diploma thesis I created a typesetting, which was inspired by the Art Nouveau. It fits best for headlines in large capitals or combined with small capitals.
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Print Products Within the framework of my diploma thesis I designed the corporate design for a fictional publisher and a lot of print products.

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Photographs I thought, that the morbid atmosphere within the novel would be good reflected by the photographs and decided to let them become a weightier part of the work.
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Art Prints For a diploma thesis, which is primarily about advertising, art prints where kind of obligatory, because they are easy to advertise.
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Journey to Venice I travelled to the original sites of the novel in Munich and Venice, and did not only let me get inspired by the genius loci, but also collected much source material, that I could use within the work.
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Gilding Art Nouveau artists like Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser worked frequently with gilding and so I used this beautiful technique in my work, too.

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Ornaments Floral and organic ornaments became very typical for the Art Nouveau. Over time I created my own designs, which I attached on the small sarcophagi.
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Pictorial Language The pictorial language shall reflect the philosophical, scientifical and ideological concepts of the novel.
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Keyhole Image and MP3-Player There are several little objects, that I integrated into the wheel object. Through a keyhole in the first sarcophagus, which is illuminated inside, you can have a look at the small jungle vision. A mp3-player plays Mahler`s 5. symphony.
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Exhibition Thanks to the Galerie am Rosenhügel in Siegburg I could exhibit the work outside the art academy for the first time in 2011.

Now available with English translation...

Following the traces of Thomas Mann I travelled to Munich and Venice for my diploma thesis and made a two-by-two-metre wheel object. The individual stratifications of ideas on which the novel "Death in Venice" is based, I transfered for this experimental object into a pictorial language. Artistic photographs and an artist book with a bookcase complete the ensemble.

Frank Henning, Künstlerbuch + Fotografien + Objekte zum Tod in Venedig von Thomas Mann
ISBN: 978-3-746787-29-9
116 P., Hardcover, DIN A4, illustrated throughout
German with English translation
49,95 €
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"Frank Hennings interpretation of "Death in Venice", written by Thomas Mann in 1911, shows impressively the artistic confrontation with literature and wants to enable a closer look at the beauty of this work."
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"An eye-catcher of the exhibition..."
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