Paul Thek: Tales the Tortoise Taught Us

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Cover of the publication »Paul Thek. Tales the Tortoise Thaught Us«

Type of publication
Exhibition catalog
Publishing house, place
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
There are artists who are not forgotten because other artists frequently 
refer to them as examples. Paul Thek is among those. He enjoys cult status. This book finally fills the hiatus of a survey publication. It is a compendium in three parts: In their essay with the fairytale-like 
title »Tales the Tortoise Taught Us« Margit Brehm, Axel Heil and Roberto Ohrt
 speak about the artist’s ambivalent relation to his American homeland 
»Turtle Island«, they recount Thek’s unusual but at the same time typical 
artistry in the Beat- and Hippiegeneration. Thek defies the serial art of Pop 
Art as mere consumer art, pursuing his own ways in “technological relics,”
 Thek’s reply to Pop Art.
The second part is a chronologically arranged survey of works from 1963 
up to Paul Thek’s tragical AIDS death in 1988.
 The chronologically arranged biography in the third part describes in 
detail the stations of his artistic life with numerous original quotations.
154 p. : chiefly ill.
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg