Norbert Bisky - fröhlich sein und singen - image-1

Lot 543 D

Norbert Bisky - fröhlich sein und singen

Auction 1122 - overview Cologne
01.12.2018, 14:00 - Contemporary Art I
Estimate: 40.000 € - 60.000 €
Result: 49.600 € (incl. premium)

Norbert Bisky

fröhlich sein und singen

Oil on muslin. 140 x 200 cm. Signed, dated, and titled 'Bisky 2001 "fröhlich sein und singen" Bisky' verso on muslin.

This painting is one of a series painted following the artist's studies at Berlin's Hochschule der Künste at the turn of the century, featuring pictures of boys and young men: with blond hair and blue eyes, relaxing on the beach, warming up for sport, wrestling, play-fighting, learning about companionship, playing music. A bright world with healthy bodies in glowing colours, a blue sky with white clouds over sandy dunes, a view over the distant landscape. Norbert Bisky irritates the viewer with his picture-world, suggesting a leap back in time to the happy everyday life of adolescents and young pioneers. A world of youthful heroes in the aesthetic of Leni Riefenstahl with set perspectives and modern uniformity from advertising and the fashion industry. “Fröhlich sein und singen” (Be happy and sing) implies playful training in the leisure community. The political teaching is hidden in the rhymes and choruses of the song. The singing boys' pride of belonging, to be superior for the future and achieve great things in an artificially beautiful world, is fascinating. Bisky shows us an ironic play on the memories of the myths rooted in our history and tells of an engineered, ideal world.


Private collectin, South Germany


Bern 2017 (Kunstmuseum), Die Revolution ist tot, Lang lebe die Revolution!, Von Malewitsch bis Judd, von Deineka bis Bartana,, p.112 with colour illus. (with label verso)
Berlin 2001 (Galerie Michael Schultz), Norbert Bisky, Wir werden siegen,, p.18/19 with illus.