Dance of the Skeletons - Felix Pestemer's “Der Staub der Ahnen“
7 to 10 June 2012
Opening hours: Thu noon–7 p.m., Fri/Sat 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
The Mexican ”Day of the Dead“ was declared World Cultural Heritage. The album “Der Staub der Ahnen“ (“Dust of the Ancestors”) by the comics artist Felix Pestemer from Berlin that is nominated for the “Max und Moritz”-Prize 2012 fully lives in the cheerfully morbid atmosphere of this holiday. A comic debut? Definitely, but even more an update of Mexican popular art. Pestemer invokes Muralismo with his page layout. Role models such as José Posada or Diego Rivera are obvious. Narration is second to the painterly effects. Maya masks, skulls, church windows: Mexico’s idiosyncratic amalgam of cultures jumps out at the viewer from the pages of the album. They are designed with strong artistic will and step over the borders of the comics medium with their reflections on death and remembrance.