a tale of a few cities

Hamish Carr & Nicky Wynnchuk, Goethe Puked Here

Posted in Art, Photography, Prints, silkscreen by petercombe on November 16, 2010

Hamish Carr & Nicky WynnchukGoethe Puked Here, 2008

The sign in German featured in Carr & Wynnchuk‘s silkscreen, ‘HIER KOTZTE GOETHE’, (Goethe threw up here), actually exists in the sleepy German town known as Tübingen. Over the ages, many of Germany’s great poets and thinkers such as philosophers Hegel and Schelling and scientists Alzheimer and Kepler have at one time called the university town of home. The great German writer Goethe even threw up here. Tübingen’s Altstadt (Old City) is one of the best preserved Altstädte in Germany. The Stiftskirches bell tower, which is open to visitors, is a beacon peeking out over the half-timbered houses, luring locals and guests to the surrounding cobblestoned streets. The Stiftskirsche’s seminary shaped and moulded the philosopher Georg Hegel, Hölderlin and their friend and philosopher Friedrich Schelling. The welcoming doors to this 500-year-old sanctuary also serve as a marker where across the way, philosopher and writer Johann von Goethe lost his lunch in such a spectacular way, a sign hangs above the spot to commemorate the wondrous event.

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