September 26, 2011



this sunday we took the u train to visit the hokusai retrospective in martin gropius bau. 

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the amount of fabulous prints on the walls - all perfectly presented - overshoot my capacity 
- to much pure beauty to absorb. 
maybe thats why the illustrated books presented on display tables 
(all in so many issues, that quite a reasonable section of each volume 
could be displayed as open pages) for me were even more joyful to deal with. 
i love the applied arts aspect of this work, the fact, 
that the splending mastership of the draftsman needs and can be found 
by the viewer actively and not only be admired...

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one whole room was dedicated to the hokusai mangas
- or (how it was presumably named in order not to be pulled down on a "trivial" level)  "the essence of subject, 
matter and learning how to paint". a great collection of sketches (all converted in woodprint and aranged to beautiful spreads) of humans, animals, tools, etc. - i did not know these and was smashed.

there was one edition by hokusai of work by niwa yoshitok 
about drawing with just one brushstroke
 - i tried to do lecture directly on museum folk
(finally using up all blank space in my booklet and ink
in my brush..).


marina said...

I LOVE Hokusai - so jealous! It is fun to sketch in museum - isn't it? Great sketches, Rolf!

Rolf Schröter said...

thnx, marina! hokusai is even one of my personal heroes since a while and now even more than before.

and yes, museum sketching is good - especially since the invention of audioguides visitors became our totally helpless victims, ha.

artecollage said...

Nice story, and even more nice sketches I can't get over the way you draw your lines, it makes me feel like I was there bezhind you watching you draw they have such life!!!

Lok said...

Whenever I go see him or one of his friends I get totally depressexcited where I want to quit and keep on drawing for 2 months non-stop.. You?

Rolf Schröter said...

yes - this describes it well - i try hard to stay on the maniac drawing side for the moment....

the other (or related effect) is, that my interest in computergrafics is more and more fading. on the one hand i want to get me woodblocks, knife and stuff, on the other hand, a short demonstration film demonstrated well, that i wont learn proper use of it in this life any more_

Lok said...

(You've probably seen this a 100 times but..) Related to that:

"From the age of six I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was fifty I had published a universe of designs. But all I have done before the the age of seventy is not worth bothering with. At seventy five I'll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am eighty you will see real progress. At ninety I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At a hundred I shall be a marvelous artist. At a hundred and ten everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokusai, but today I sign myself 'The Old Man Mad About Drawing'." (Hokusai)

Rolf Schröter said...

did not know it - it is beautiful and encouraging (or, maybe better "challanging).

olkazavr said...

Rolf, I was there yesterday and it was great! I'll scan sketches later.