Christoph Niemann. That’s How!
– 29 October 2017
The Cartoonmuseum in Basel is holding a solo exhibition of the works of Christoph Niemann for the first time in Switzerland. The illustrator, artist and author from Berlin is considered to be one of the most influential illustrators of today. The exhibition shows the versatility of his works, which include commissions for magazines such as the New Yorker, Time, Wired and the New York Times Magazine, as well as uncommissioned works and travel illustrations, self-published on online blogs.
The retrospective is a kind of biography and is divided into six thematic areas that show different aspects of his work. The focus is always on the search for the essence of an idea and the transformation of a complex context into a metaphorical picture. Depending on the topic and the order of things, this can be achieved in various ways. For example, the latest edition of the series of covers illustrated by Niemann for the New Yorker is given another dimension: if you hold a tablet in front of one cover, the cover picture changes on the screen into a film, showing a subway ride taken by a young woman. The transition from a static single image to a moving image also features in other works.
The latest work in the exhibition is a 360-degree animation, which can be experienced through virtual reality glasses. Niemann also uses diverse media in other works to make his ideas clearer, for example he uses photomontages and computer animations as well as unconventional means such as cake dough, lego bricks and potato stamps.