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Raimond Kummer

It is not surprising that Raimund Kummer entitled his latest opus Rosebud, 1991, for this is the key word in Orson Welles’ film classic Citizen Kane, 1941. This movie masterpiece, which tried to expose the truth about the press czar William Randolph Hearst by unearthing childhood experiences, is characterized by a play of lucid proportions and camera work, which is also reflected frequently throughout Kummer’s oeuvre. He steers the viewer’s eyes, creating astonishing situations only to unmask them quickly as illusions. In so doing, he gropes his way along the threshold between the real world and the pictorial world.

Here the visitor seemed to have wandered into the middle of “Jack and the Beanstalk” or Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. A gigantic ivy branch loomed through a door into the gallery space, making the visitor’s entrance difficult. Amid the ivy leaves, under a pane of glass

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