1 septembre 2003
New Helnwein website:
GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN - THE CHILD "Helnwein's subject matter is the human condition. The metaphor for his art is dominated by the image of the child, but not the carefree innocent child of popular imagination. Helnwein instead creates the profoundly disturbing yet compellingly provocative image of the wounded child. The child scarred physically and the child scarred emotionally from within." Robert Flynn Johnson, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
"Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot, which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie."
Jean Cocteau

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

"The genius of art finds sanctuary among children and madmen to survive. That is who we are."
Marilyn Manson (about his collaboration with Helnwein)
"I always feel so much more comfortable communicating with children than with grown-ups. Everything is far more simple and makes so much more sense – to me at least. In the world of a child anything is possible, there are no limits for the imagination, and magic and miracles are a natural part of it – art and life is one.
Communicating with adults, on the other hand, sometimes seems to be so limited and incredibly complicated and above all boring. Unfortunately it’s the grown-ups that rule the world and make the laws and all kids have to go through their training-program called education. Once they come out on the other side they are usually broken, the magic is gone and then they can be citizens, soldiers, clerks, politicians, prostitutes or other interesting things like that.
Funny enough it doesn’t always work. Some kids seem to be relatively immune to the program, and one day I realized: that’s what almost all artist have in common – to a certain degree they all managed to continue being a child."
Gottfried Helnwein (from an interview with Yuichi Konno for Yaso, Japan).

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