Art in a Large Edition
More and more, works of art from
the collection of the Deutsche Bank are appearing on the covers of books
but a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon
the stage / And then is heard no more. It is a tale / Told by an idiot,
full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing."
Don't verses such as
these from Macbeth speak for themselves? Shouldn't we be reading something
by Shakespeare again, instead of about Shakespeare? Whoever
consults Ulrich Suerbaum's Shakespeare guide will soon have to embark on
his own exploratory tour through the Elizabethan's dramatic universe. It's
no coincidence that a work of art from the collection of the Deutsche Bank
should adorn the cover of this Reclam volume – one that carries a deeper
meaning. Mutable shadow images, fame, and mortality: this is not a illustration
of a historical painting, but of a wax likeness of William Shakespeare,
photographed by the Japanese photo artist Hiroshi Sugimoto for his Portraits
series. Sugimoto's works can presently be seen in the Singapore Art Museum.
With almost hallucinatory precision, the artist's portrait gallery sheds
new light on the wax figures of famous personalities such as Henry VIII,
William Shakespeare, or Fidel Castro.
With the collection of the
Deutsche Bank, the connections between art and literature are evident:
increasingly, works on paper from the collection are appearing on book
covers and reaching various parts of the world in large editions.
from the collection are especially popular on the Spanish book market:
thus, variations of Helmut Middendorf's Umarmung der Nacht adorn
both Emile Ajar's La vida ante si and the Spanish edition of Marguerite
Duras' Les Yeux bleus cheveux noirs, while Peter Chevalier's Picasso
Head embellishes Juan Goytisolo's novel Coto Vedado.