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Antike Fresken (1973 - 88)

Günter Brus

Günter Brus

Ti­tle of the album: Panisches Liederbuch
Ti­tle: Antike Fresken (Track 07)
Publisher: Die Taubnessel 1/Das Hohe Gebrechen, Germany
Da­te: 1988
Me­di­um: re­cord 30 cm
Cover: G. Brus
Performers: P. Fürmetz, M. Hölzel, A. Meifert, F. Meifert.


Günter Brus' work Antike Fresken is on the album Panisches Liederbuch. Dichtung und Musik. Günter Brus zum 50. Geburtstag überreicht vom 1. Deutschen Trivialeum published in 1988. The compilation of Brus' poems from 1973 to 1988 was developed by Arnulf and Franziska Meifert and contains 37 works.

The poems are short, poetic highlights and many of the pieces on the album are under a minute long. Almost all of the recitations are accompanied by music, rhythm or musical sounds that vary widely between jazz and abstract sounds, synthesizer and field recordings. Antike Fresken is underpinned with a lift music-like jazz arrangement that takes up the initial irrelevance of the poem's theme. The music for all the pieces on the album was played and recorded by Arnulf and Franziska Meifert, Manfred Hölzel and Peter Fürmetz in Regensburg.

Brus was also active as a writer, especially from the 1980s onwards, in addition to his drawing activities. He published novels and writings, magazine articles and columns; in his picture-poems he repeatedly dissolved the boundaries between literature and visual art. Even in his early actionist years, Brus accompanied his activities with poetry and writing. Just as in the visual arts, he took a cross-border approach, mixing poetry and prose, everyday notes, and diary entries side by side on paper.

The majority of the poems had already appeared in written form before the album's release and were converted into an auditory form in 1988.