"This might not be a piece that one would immediately pick but the more I look at it the more it grows on me. "Hessian" is made out of hessian, which is sort of the mother or even grandmother material to canvas. The piece feels very primitive and ancient, almost like the remnants of a hunt. Then of course the carving which seems to be almost lined with blood reminds us too of an abstract drawing, almost like a neanderthaler interpreting an Agnes Martin drawing. Heinzmann is interested in the raw material and he uses it almost as a sculptor. Where Fontana destroyed the canvas he builds up a canvas with different material and leaves it bare. He creates a surface for new painting, a painting that he might leave up to the imagination of the viewer, only providing the canvas for our imagination. What is striking about his minimalism is that it is not sleek or elegant but it is raw, wild and almost frightening. The first thing that came to my mind looking at the work was a serial killer, maybe because I saw Lulu last night which features Jack the Ripper killing Lulu as a last act of love. But it is definitely a serial killer that I would like to live with, it shows us the limit of love."
The 8: Jörn Weisbrodt
What is your line of work?
Executive Director RW Work Ltd. and Director The Watermill Center.
If you were a work of art, which one would you be?
I think I would like to be a song or an aria. It must be wonderful to go through so many people. Maybe Irving Berlin's "How Deep is the Ocean", Schumann's "Mondnacht" or Brahms "Ihr Habt Nun Traurigkeit" from his German Requiem. I like the fact that they are not physical and temporary. Maybe in that sense also Marina Abramovic's "Rest Energy". I guess a perfect artwork to listen music to.
What is your earliest memory of art?
My earliest memory of art is seeing that King Tutanchamum show that traveled around the world in Hamburg. Not the one that is going around now but there was one in the late 70s or early 80s. It was right after they opened the grave. I think it was at the Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe and I remember everything was extremely dark and then there were these brightly light super strange objects. I was completely mesmerized. I remember that I was sick for days after and my parents had bought me a catalogue and I looked at it over and over again and I knew every title of the work, where it was from, when it was supposedly made etc. I even knew which piece would be next on the page before I turned it over and then at some point I could just go through the catalogue in my mind. But maybe the most important moment was later when I cried for the first time in front of an artwork which was kind of a shock that something like that was possible. I had no clue. It was a Chagall painting in Berlin that made me cry.
Which museum/foundation would you like to be locked in one night?
I guess Sanssouci, Friedrich II of Prussia's palace in Potsdam I would love to be locked in for one night if that counts as a museum/institution. There is this room with this beautiful painted parrot wall paper and ceramic parrots all over the place that apparently Voltaire stayed in that must be wonderful to spend a night in as well. Also Sanssouci has the most amazing relationship between interior and exterior spaces through these long window/doors that go from the floor to almost the ceiling that really only modern architects were able to recreate in the 50s. Every room has them. There is not one room that does not open to the outside.