Panamarenko, Galerie Egidio Marzona Bielefeld, 1973
Dimensions: 10 x 20.7 cm
Further Information: Throughout his artistic practice Panamarenko (born Henri Van Herwegen) constructed bizarre flying machines and invented gigantic airships, gliders, and zeppelins. Following the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci the artist created curious objects, which never flew but were inspired by thoughts free from gravity. The painter, sculptor, performance artist and poet often worked interdisciplinary manoevring between science, technology and art. Panamerenko claimed potential flight capability for all his aircraft, although the utopian poetic construction always stood in the foreground of his approach.
The invitation card to the show at the Galerie Marzona in Bielefeld shows a sketch and a photo of yet another flight object. In an edition of 50 the object was made of “spring steel, pvc-foil, brass, wood, electric motor 6V 3 AMP, battery in Plexiglas box,” with the size of 50 x 25 x 22 cm it costed 1.200 Deutsche Mark.
Galerie Marzona belonged to the art collector, and previous owner of the collection in the Archiv der Avantgarden in Dresden, Egidio Marzona. He opened the gallery in 1972 in Bielefeld, and closed it after a short while, as he later stated, it didn’t fulfill his curiosity to learn more.
Image: The image of this invitation is part of the Sammlung Marzona, Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.