sui generis

Ivan Steiger rose to fame as apoetic cartoonist. In addition to being adraughtsman he has also always been an author, adramaturge for film and television – having trained under the Franco-Czech writer Milan Kundera, afilm-script writer, an ingeniously-minded aficionado and expert on children’stoys, and the founder of two toy museums, in Munich and Prague.

That, over aperiod of many years, he has also been working as an artist – unbeknown for along time to the general public – is shown by this publication in the most striking way possible. Eduard Beaucamp, an author and long-standing editor for the cultural section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – one of Germany’sleading daily newspapers – described Steiger’swork as follows: “Steiger isn’tof course alone on the earth and has not re-invented painting. As an intellectual and spiritual comrade-in-arms his works recall those of anumber of different artists and diverse pictorial languages – from cave painting to folk art and from children’sdrawings to contemporary forms of concrete scripturalism. In an unaffected and sometimes high-spirited manner Steiger joins the orchestra of artists whose compositions integrate signs and forms – the Klees, Mirós and Twombly’sor the artists of the Cobra group, as well as Penck, with whom Steiger shares acertain common experience of inner emigration with the pictorial encoding methods that emerge as aresult.”

Let’sgo on avoyage of discovery through Steiger’spictures in which the artist integrates “his messages, feelings and experience, sometimes softly and gently, and other times boldly and with a rhetorical flurry.”