Book look: Kirchner & Kermani

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner kicked off a colourful revolution. His paintings questioned well-known colour concepts. Elitist art experts were stunned – and outraged. Pressurised and persecuted by the Nazis, Kirchner committed suicide in 1938. His most important works of art can be found in “Kirchner” by Norbert Wolf, a low-priced art book now out by Taschen. Wolf – who previously released books about Diego Velazquez and Caspar David Friedrich, examines Kirchner’s artistic approach but also portrays the painter as an individual. “Grünes Haus” from 1906, “Straßenszene bei Nacht” (1925) and several self-portraits are featured and analysed. The Taschen Kleine Reihe art book series also features publications about Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Claude Monet and many others.

Kirchner
By Norbert Wolf
Published by Taschen (www.taschen.com)

“Wer ist Wir? Deutschland und seine Muslime” features essential contributions to the ongoing debate about radicalised Islam, terrorism and changes in society in general. In nine chapters, author Navid Kermani – who has been praised by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “brilliant writer” – analyses sociological developments and underlines the importance of intercultural dialogue. “Wer ist Wir? Deutschland und seine Muslime” also contains two of his speeches. In one of them, the author of “Ungläubiges Staunen. Über das Christentum” and “Ausnahmezustand. Reisen in eine beunruhigte Welt” shares his point of view concerning Muslim teachers wearing headscarves. The other speech featured in the book was held a few days after the terror attacks at Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris in January 2015.

Wer ist Wir? Deutschland und seine Muslime
By Navid Kermani
Published by C.H. Beck (www.chbeck.de)

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