Museum Folkwang
  • Andreas Köchler – Watercolours

  • The artistic work of Andreas Köchler is characterized by a desire to use the media of language and art to transpose the personal experiences of his dreams to the world of consciousness. What is actually essential in this is a desire “to avoid losing the original experience or distorting it by reworking it. Prompt, undistorted depiction is the working principle” (Köchler).
    To this end the artist developed a way of working divided up into three areas. Directly after waking up the artist formulated in words his memories of what he had experienced in his dream. Initially, this took the form of written notes but later Köchler resorted to dictating texts onto a tape recorder in order to achieve greater directness. After making his language recordings – and thus still under the influence of his recollections – he painted large watercolours that did not record or illustrate any specific situation in a figurative way, but that could be seen as a visual method of approaching the shapes in his memory, things that are not accessible to language. In a third step, Köchler undertook an interpretation of the happenings in his dreams with the aid of small-format photographs, some of which paraphrased visual elements of the watercolours.
  • Exh_Title_S: Andreas Köchler – Watercolours
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  • Exh_Comment_S (Verantw): Department of Prints and Drawings
  • Exh_SpareNField01_N (Verantw ID): 186
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