M10 (Partytram), 2020

In conversation with Norbert Bisky

An interview taken from our June Issue. In this special issue, we wanted to give light to artists, especially illustrators and painters, to know how to quarantine time affected their lives and their process. We wanted to showcase a different story, different arts to give a voice and platform for these creators.

Peyote, 2020

KALTBLUT: What is the inspiration behind ‘Desmadre Berlin’? What drove you to make a show that revolves around your native country’s capital city?
Norbert: For many years I have been living in Friedrichshain, one of the night lively neighbourhoods of Berlin. So when I walk out of my studio late at night I stumble into club kids on their way to Berghain or Watergate. I really love to have a studio in the midst of it all. So I finally wanted to pay tribute and make an entire show related to Berlin’s infamous nightlife.

Lustgarten, 2020
SNAX, 2020
Ketamino, 2020

KALTBLUT: How do you think Parisians will relate to a show about another capital city in Europe?
Norbert: Oh, I guess most Parisians have heard about the Berlin club scene. I hope the show puts a smile on their faces.

KALTBLUT: It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has been enforced worldwide, how are you feeling?
Norbert: I am fine, painting in the studio every day. The noisy city around is what I am missing. I never imagined Berlin could be so damn quiet. The situation right now is devastating especially for the clubs, the project spaces, the queer scene and the art venues. Hopefully, everything will go back to normal. After all, I am optimistic.

Chem Party, 2020

KALTBLUT: What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine?
Norbert: Painting, painting, painting. And I started to have long conversations on the phone again, like back in the 90ies.

Noctambule, 2020
Monuman, 2020


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