BASELITZ, Georg; KLUGE, Alexander
Parsifal Container (English edition)

Parsifal’s motivic world ranges from Wolfram von Eschenbach’s epic of chivalry to Richard Wagner’s opera: from the knight as fool to the fool as saviour. The drawings by Georg Baselitz are studies for a production of Parsifal at the Munich State Opera (2018). They show how the artist zeroes in on his motifs and elaborates a character visually. In this collaborative book, Alexander Kluge responds to Baselitz’s drawings with stories in which he filters out individual elements from Eschenbach’s epic, such as Parsifal’s native wit or the figure of the Knight of the Cheerful Countenance. The result is an ongoing communication conducted over long periods of time: aspects of the Middle Ages can be found in the present. The volume concludes with Tristan Marquardt’s text “Excerpts from a Parsifal Lexicon.” By examining the metamorphosis of words, he shows how far our contemporary language has diverged from Eschenbach’s in terms of meaning and sound. [publisher's note]

Published by Spector Books, 2020
Design by Fabian Bremer, Pascal Storz
Artists' Books / Music & Sound

Price: 38€

BASELITZ, Georg; KLUGE, Alexander - Parsifal Container (English edition)