Genial, dass Du die erkannt hast! Die Biographie von dem 1948 geborenen Helnwein läßt vermuten, dass er die Erstveröffentlichungen in Micky Mäusen von 1953 und 1954 kannte. Er, 1948 geboren, erzählte vom grauen Nachkriegs-Wien, als der Vater aus dem Büro nach Hause kam und ihm die ersten deutschen Mickymaus-Hefte mitbrachte: “Ich blinzelte, weil sich meine Augen noch nicht an das gleissende Licht der Sonne von Entenhausen gewöhnt hatten.” Möglicherweise passen die anderen Panels auch zeitlich dazu...
The CARL BARKS FAN CLUB has been formed to help preserve Carl Barks‘ legacy of stories and artwork for future generations and to promote that legacy to an ever-widening global audience!
Re: the Donald Duck European Museum Art Exhibition, COBRA is an acronym of sorts standing for "Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam"! The Amsterdam exhibition of the Art of Donald Duck began on April 24 and currently runs through August 29.No less than the world-famous artist, Gottfried Helnwein, who has created many Donald Duck paintings himself, has this to say in the COBRA exhibition catalogue re: his first contact with Donald during his grim experience of growing up in post war Austria: "There was only one thing I was certain of: that this was an alien world in whose merciless embrace I was now caught...
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EDWARD BERGEN, PRESIDENT OF THE CARL BARKS FANCLUB ABOUT HELNWEIN
The contributor is a Lutheran Pastor in the state of Illinois and his great interest in the universe of Barks has brought him to start the international 'Carl Barks Fan Club
Helnwein's Carl Barks exhibition was excellent and the press was covering it extensively.
When I arrived at the exhibit earlier that morning Gottfried happened to be there and escorted me around the various sections of the exhibition.
Earlier, in February, 1994, Gottfried had flown me over to his castle "Auf Der Burg" in Burgbrohl, Germany, to bring 5 original Barks pieces that he wanted to include in his exhibition. Here I was able to meet him again in Munich at the Stadtsmuseum and with Press surrounding us, he escorted me through the various venues. At one point, there was a camera crew filming around a letter that Carl had sent to Gottfried years before that was displayed there in the exhibition gallery.
Also, Carl's original drawing desk (on loan from Don Ault in Florida) with drawing materials as well as Erika Fuchs' desk and lettering materials were in the exhibition. Erika had been Carl's "translator" for the comic stories and was responsible for translating Carl's words into the German idiom.
A very general question: Barks' stories from his best years make a tremendous impact on practically anybody who reads them. Why is that? What do you personally believe he did differently, that practically nobody else has been able to achieve or even imitate afterwards?
Germund von Wowern
Hi, again, Germund!
I think it's the QUALITY of Carl's artwork, but also the CARE he used in crafting his stories with the human VALUES that are "shot through" everything Carl wrote! I believe it might also be Carl's genius in constructing the "mirror" of our human society in Duckburg in all its facets. My friend, Gottfried Helnwein, who formed and promoted the German museum tour of Carl's work from 1994-1998, constructed a couple panels...one of Donald's jobs (berufen) as well as one depicting Duckburg in all its "organization"! Just reading the stories doesn't reveal Carl's "genius" in forming a complete society which mirrors our own...but to SEE elements from Carl's stories displayed on a huge board showing the whole society of Duckburg with all of its institutions (the Money Bin, church, courts, etc) was truly a joy to behold.
But it was the CARE with which Carl approached his work that sets him apart, I believe, from other artists and storymen and his ability to reflect "us to ourselves" with all of our warts and imperfections makes his stories and artwork truly timeless and fruitful reading for people of all generations and locales! Thanks for your question!
I used to think Helnwein’s Donald Ducks were the craziest cartoon mash-ups I’d ever seen, with the possible exception of Ron English’s Mickey Mouse-Marilyn Monroe hybrid (possibly NSFW). That was before I saw Corrado Mastantuono’s Donald Duck-Tintin comic (I don’t understand it because it’s in Italian, but that makes me like it even more). (From Drawn)
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But, working on a study I had to make in Art History, about the art of Austrian Photorealist Gottfried Helnwein (coa.inducks.org/creator.php/x/Gottfried+Helnwein/date ; www.helnwein.com) and the American Rocker and Artist Marilyn Manson, I found in Helnwein's website a quite good interview of him with Carl Barks, which made me retie with my first love : Disney Ducks!!!
I think everybody who loves Donald and mickey should have a look at this artist's wonderful work. Children, I think you should watch some of these works with your parents with you to give you an authorization and to explain his work which can be very shocking some time, and hard to understand without a solid knowledge of the historial and social context but Helnwein's work is definitely very fine and interresting...
“Ich hätte lieber einen Gott der wie Donald Duck aussieht, als einen der wie Adolf Hitler aussieht.” Famous quote from the German painter and Barks-expert Gottfried Helnwein. Meaning: “I’d rather have a God that looks like Donald Duck than one that looks like Hitler.”