The poems by Paul Celan (1920-1970) have a special power: they invite translation, or moreover, they demand a translation – not only in the usual sense, but also in the form of other, non-linguistic responses, such as for the theater, in music and in the visual arts.
In his abstract language of painting, artist Jan Mulder portrays emotions and thoughts that the poems evoke for him. Alongside other titles, the poem Stehen by Paul Celan is the motif for a monumental canvas that will be displayed for the first time in Kazerne Dossin.
Celan survived the war, but his parents were killed in a camp. After the war he fled the Russian-occupied Czernowitz and travelled to Paris via Vienna. Mulder visited these places, among others, and also encountered Celan in the people he met who are connected to Celan’s life and work in various ways. A visual impression of this journey is part of the exhibition.
Also featured is Celan’s collaboration with his wife, Gisèle Celan-Lestrange, a visual artist, at the time the series of graphic works accompanying the poetry collection “Atemwende” was created.
This guest exhibition has been organised to mark the 101st birthday of Paul Celan (23 November 1920).