Henry Fuseli and Javier Téllez
Romantic and contemporary reflections on the Prometheus myth.
1st edition, 2014
Text English and German
64 pages, 27 color and 11 b/w illustrations
17 x 23.5 cm
The mythic figure of Prometheus has inspired many poets, painters and musicians since the age of romanticism. For Goethe and Henry Fuseli, the titan who stole the fire from the gods of ancient Greek became the embodiment of mankind struggling for autonomy and self-determination.
Yet the fire has come not only to our benefit. Along with it came also menace upon mankind. This is the subject of a major work by Venezuelan artist Javier Téllez. In his film installation ½ Rotations (Prometheus and Zwitter) of 2011, two sculptures slowly rotate before a camera: Arno Breker’s (1900–91) Prometheus and Zwitter (hermaphrodite) by the German art-brut sculptor Karl Genzel (1871–1925). Both works were on display in the Nazi propaganda art shows of 1937in Munich, Breker’s in the Great German Art Exhibition and Genzel’s in the coinciding defaming show Degenerate Art.
This new book juxtaposes paintings and drawings reflecting the Prometheus myth by Henry Fuseli with Javier Téllez capital work of contemporary art. It is published to coincide with an exhibit at Kunsthaus Zürich in summer 2014.