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the children of Sodom DAREK KONDEFER

I, formed of clay and dust, do not understand. Is this how it should be?
Is this how your unlimited wisdom looks like?
Ten could not be found, but there were children. Is the death of the innocent allowed?
Is your name Moloch?
I, the clay pot, must understand in order to believe.
Cursed be the second day! We were made frail – you decided so.
Blinded by the pride of inhospitability, we became flooded by fire.
This is your plan – the sword and the flame, pillars of ash and salt.
Do you know that after you, others will follow the path of destruction?
And the next city will not be Zoara.

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Restart for the highlights

It's finally that time again: The Highlights trade fair brings together its usual top-class program in the elegant ambience of the Munich Residence

After the pandemic restrictions last year only allowed a reduced form of the fair and the alternative date in spring had to be canceled at short notice, we can now really look forward to the highlights in Munich : in the Residenz, with a full program. The approximately 40 participants, including a number of well-known repeat and new exhibitors, span the spectrum from antiquity to contemporary times.

The Rhenish gallery owners traditionally focus on German Expressionism, classical modernism, Zero and contemporaries. Emil Nolde is represented with paintings and watercolors in many places, for example with Beck and Eggeling, who also has other big names with him. With his "Violon coupé en longueur" from 1962, a cut up violin, Arman demonstrates how aesthetic destruction can appear (180,000 euros). A signed and dated fire gouache on blackened cardboard by Otto Piene from 1963 is available for purchase (47,000 euros), and a captivating collage with a photograph from 1947 by Kurt Schwitters (135,000 euros). Ludorff will show Nolde together with Feininger or Mack, while Utermann will show him alongside Otto Mueller, Klee and Beckmann. With Schwarzer, a Kirchner watercolor with a typical girl subject is enchanting, and with Michael Schwarze, too, Expressionism, classical modernism and art after 1945 are the focus. The Schlichtenmaier brothers from Stuttgart always have the big names in their region, such as Willi Baumeister, with them at the trade fair. Gérard Schneider's Munich gallery Française is the first address for Serge Poliakoff and the École de Paris. The Kunsthandel Freller from Linz contributes Austrian paintings from the 19th to the 21st century with works by Alfons Walde, Carl Moll and Hermann Nitsch. Works on paper are generally the focus of Thole Rotermund, Florian Sundheimer and the Berlin new exhibitor Jörg Maass. Stefan Vogdt focuses on design. Stephen Hoffman and Ira Stehmann show different facets of photographic art. Sina Stockebrand from Veltheim represents abstract tendencies of the 20th and 21st centuries with works by Vera Molnar, Carl Buchheister or Walter Dexel.

The art dealer Alexander Kunkel from Munich has dedicated himself to art around 1900. He highlights two masterpieces of symbolist painting in oil on canvas: Max Klinger's "Venus in the Shell Cart", around 1912 (250,000 euros), and Franz von Stuck's signed "Lovers at the edge of the forest" around 1892 (175,000 euros).

At Georg Laue's you dive into the world of Kunstkammer. A fully signed and dated 1695, unusual silver relief depicting Chronos by the celebrated Augsburg goldsmith Johann Andreas Thelot originally served as a frame for a small-format oil painting on copper or ivory. In the oval laurel wreath it probably showed the bust of a deceased. Chronos accompanied by the personification of virtue goes back to a copper engraving of the genealogy of Thurn and Taxis from 1645. Thelot probably made the tondo for Eugen Alexander von Thurn und Taxis (1652–1714) as a memento of his father Lamoral Claudius (34,000 euros).

The generalists Christian Eduard Franke, with a focus on courtly silver, and Senger, whose medieval sculpture cellar is legendary, come from Bamberg. A highlight at Franke is a magnificent fire-gilt, signed Paris bronze cartel watch by JB Baillon around 1730 with an extremely rare 30-day movement, which speaks of high complication and craftsmanship. It comes from a private collection in Holstein (68,500 euros). No less remarkable is a wonderfully preserved Spindler chest of drawers. Its previous owners were the Freiherren von Plotho, the handles show different variants of the family coat of arms (285,000 euros). With the takeover by the next generation, Senger has expanded the program into the modern age. In addition to two related Franconian linden wood reliefs with the third Anna and Saint Achatius from the Riemenschneider school around 1510, you will find Gabriele Münter’s small portrait oil painting “Dorfstraße mit Huhn” around 1908 from the artist’s estate (168,000 euros).

Florian Eitle-Böhler (Starnberg) offers two extraordinary sacral works: Hard to believe what tingling eroticism and forbidden lust the scene of Lot and his daughters on the wax relief by Daniel Neuberger the Elder is. J. radiates. No wonder that the Augsburg modeller worked in Vienna under Emperor Ferdinand III. rose to become a court sculptor, where such works were particularly appreciated. The partially gilded, colored wax relief measures 62 x 52 centimeters and has been preserved in the original frame (85,000 euros). The small linden wood sculpture from around 1760 of Saint Joseph with the baby Jesus in his arms exudes the charm of Lower Bavarian rococo. The original color scheme with gilding over silver chandeliers, the intimate relationship between foster father and child and the virtuoso swirl of folds in the robe are reminiscent of Christian Jorhan and a work for private devotion (25,000 euros).

The parade of great works at Peter Mühlbauer (Pocking) make the choice difficult: the gold and enamelled Milanese rock crystal covered vessel with mascarons and cut tendrils from the Saracchi workshop around 1580 was already in 1965 in the exhibition "Art Treasures from Munich Private Owners". see (145,000 euros). An artistically turned ivory goblet from around 1640 comes from the famous Nuremberg workshop of Lorenz Zick (115,000 euros). Because of their alleged poison-repellent effect, serpentine vessels were highly valued in the Renaissance. Similar pieces to the courtly tankard made of turned Zöblitz garnet serpentine can be found in the Green Vault (48,000 euros).

New exhibitor Martin Bruckner from Berlin enriches the old art with different facets. Among the precious goldsmith works he refers to the wonderful Augsburg vermeil beaker by Elias III Busch around 1709/12 with a brightly colored surrounding so-called women's house scene, probably by Johann Jakob Ipriest (120,000 euros). By Carl Rottmann, who is assigned to the circle of artists around King Ludwig I, Bruckner brings an enchanting landscape in the foothills of the Alps in oil on wood back home in Bavaria (60,000 euros).

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