Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Klaus Staeck: Nothing is Done

Klaus Staeck:
Nothing is Done - Es röhrt zum Himmel, 1974 (It bells out
loud)
Es röhrt zum Himmel, 1974 (It bells out loud)

Media Release

KLAUS STAECK: NOTHING IS DONE
Exhibition
Goethe-Institut, level 6, 150 Cuba St, entrance Garrett St
18 February – 28 March 2013
Open Mon-Thurs, 11am-5pm

Since the 1970s the artist, publisher and lawyer Klaus Staeck has been causing a stir in Germany. He is a political artist who has never lost faith in the value of expressing one’s own opinion via artistic means about socio-political issues. The artist’s satirical text-image-montages compell the viewer to look below the surface as he illustrates the ecological, social and political weaknesses of Germany. The mass circulation of his posters and post cards in public spaces made Klaus Staeck famous beyond the limits of the feuilleton and made him one of the most important German poster artists.

Staeck has focused mainly on subjects like freedom of speech, peace and the environment. Long before the founding of the Green Party, Klaus Staeck’s art - through evocative images and slogans - called attention to global warming, ever growing piles of rubbish, nuclear waste issues and the pollution of the air and oceans. The dialectic contradiction between the image and the text not only causes an intrinsic friction, but also a deep engagement of the viewer with the artwork.

Forty original posters will be shown in the Goethe-Institut as a representative cross-section of over forty years of artistic work. Some of the oldest environmental posters remain deeply relevant to current situations: “Many themes just do not seem to age” notes Klaus Staeck. Hence the title of the exhibition: NOTHING IS DONE.

Klaus Staeck (b. 1938) has been the president of the “Berlin Akademie der Künste” since 2006. He worked as a lawyer before he changed his profession to become a publisher and graphic designer. As an autodidact his oeuvre comprises more than 300 posters and numerous postcards and images that have been displayed in over 3000 exhibitions.

NOTHING IS DONE in two sentences:
German artist Klaus Staeck practises art as an artistic-political reference framework. Images from the mass media, logos and names are treated as testimonies to the spirit of a certain age and retrofitted to serve as an interpretation of the same.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Bodega: Venue Closing At The End Of The Year, After 25 Years Of Music

"It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington." More>>

Memorabilia: Te Papa Buys Peter Snell Singlet

Te Papa has purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at an auction this morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news