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Markus Raetz – Zeemansblik

Markus Raetz – Zeemansblik

Landmarks of Swiss Art

By (author) Franz Müller
Edited by Angelika Affentragner-Kirchrath


Publishing 11th Nov 2024
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    • Markus Raetz (1941–2020) is one of the most distinguished contemporary Swiss artists
    • Zeemansblik is among Markus Raetz’s best-known works and exists in around 20 different versions
    • The book offers insights into the evolution of this landmark of Swiss art
    • Franz Müller is a renowned expert on the art of Markus Raetz
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    Representing vision is a core theme in the art of Markus Raetz (1941–2020). The imitation of a binocular field of vision, which he chose for Zeemansblik, is as simple as it is convincing. Raetz created some 20 versions of this relief, made of painted and later of polished zinc sheet, in various dimensions. The Dutch term zeemansblik (sailor’s view) can be translated as a view of the sea, yet blik in Dutch also means sheet metal. Raetz’s wordplay refers objectively to the material and at the same time invites an interpretation of the horizontal fold in the plate as a sea horizon. Light reflections on the curved blank material change with the viewer’s moving point of view, suggesting changing weather. A simple, abstract object on the wall thus becomes a seascape without painting, with the longing motif of looking into a blue distance.

    In this book, art historian Franz Müller explores the complexity behind the apparent simplicity of Markus Raetz’s Zeemansblik, highlighting what makes the relief a landmark of Swiss art.

    Text in English and German.

    About the Author

    Franz Müller is a scholar of art history working at the Swiss Institute for Art Research SIK-ISEA, where he directs various research projects, such as the catalogue raisonné of Markus Raetz’s sculptural work.

    Scheidegger & Spiess
    Publish date
    11th Nov 2024
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    250 mm x 215 mm
    96 Pages
    40 color
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