“The Clockmaker’s Retreat” is the title of an recently published article by the New York Times about the German urban (pop) artist Stefan Strumbel and his art series about “heimat”.
Stefan has a graffiti background and became popular with his crazy cuckoo clocks, which combine traditional handicraft and modern spray-paint culture…
Mr. Strumbel’s clocks, which are based on traditional models but are adorned with grenades and handguns instead of rabbits and antlers, now sell through Galerie Springmann in Freiburg for $1,200 to $35,000 (or 850 to 25,000 euros) each.
Their popularity could be attributed to the way they capture the spirit of the new Germany, said Mon Muellerschoen, an independent curator in Munich. “A Germany that is aware of its past, but ready to take new, lighthearted and colorful paths — a Germany that can accept its clichés with the wink of an eye.”
Read the whole article on nytimes.com.