Brandes Tonhalle Leipzig 1933
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Brandes Tonhalle Leipzig 1933

Peter Brandes turned 75 this spring, but both the gallery and the artist were very busy with two large museum exhibitions at the Museum of Religious Art in Lemvig and at the Johannes Larsen Museum in Kerteminde.

The exhibits have received excellent reviews. That is why the birthday is celebrated just now with our oldest living artist with the selection of completely new works in painting, watercolor, drawing, sculpture and ceramics.

A smaller art book 'Brandes Tonhalle Leipzig 1933' is ready for the day in a smaller edition and can be purchased at the exhibition. Also in the exhibition period is a book with a longer biographical and art historical review of the artist's ideas and works. It was written by the artist's friend, the philosopher Ettore Rocca, who has previously published important books and texts about Peter Brandes and is published by Aarhus University Publishers. It will be presented later during the exhibition and will also be on sale at the gallery's stand at Bogforum in Copenhagen from 15 to 17 November 2019.

Several years ago, the gallery purchased all of the paintings in the series Notre Dame des Fleurs, 1991. We considered these smaller paintings as a pearl necklace that should be stored and first displayed on a special occasion. It is happening now at this birthday show, where they will also be on sale.

From the book Brandes Tonhalle Leipzig 1933:

My father came to Leipzig in 1920 from where my grandmother Anna Brandes' family originated (She was born Czopek). That branch of the family was in the fur industry that at that time in Leipzig was traditionally associated with the area around Nikolaistrasse, where the family a transition lived in No. 12? 14. My father grew up in the city and became friends with a circle of the students and artists who lived at the Bauhaus, not far from Leipzig. In particular, he had contacts for photographers and Moholy-Nagy. He also became acquainted with Jan Tschichold, perhaps the greatest typographer of the time, who made my father's stationery for his workplace in Leipzig: Brandes Tonhalle one of the city's first radio shops.

It became part of my father's way of life and great passion. He saw the radio as a wonder of the future, even wonder. He organized concerts in large rented rooms where, with the help of speakers, he created a virtual concert hall with often up to 200-300 audience members who came to listen to but not watch Bruno Walter direct Mahler.

Unfortunately, the radio also became Hitler's and Goebbel's main instrument in their poisoning music in people's ears and consciousness. The terrible and tragic distortion of my father's dream of opening the future to free culture via radio waves perverted in such a way that in 1933 after Hitler's takeover of power he had to flee from Leipzig and leave his youth, dreams and what he owned behind to escape to Paris the same year. From here he came to Denmark two years later and started a new life. Part of the family including my grandfather Isak Josef Brandes was involuntarily forced to Auschwitz, where they and he were murdered.

Brandes Tonhalle Leipzig 1933

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