Best known for his work as a set designer for famed director Werner Herzog, Henning von Gierke is also an accomplished, diverse, and prolific painter. In this book he presents 350 pieces completed over the last fifteen years. The paintings are grouped by genre and motif, including a section called Reflections,A" in which thirty-five works are presented as a progression of mirrored images. The book's final chapter is the catalog to an exhibition that will take place in 2009 in the Museum Ludwig in Koblenz, Germany. Commentary by his collaborator and friend Herzog offers a theatrical perspective on von Gierke's deeply evocative paintings and their relation to his other work in film, theater, and opera.
FRANK PIONTEK is a cultural critic who lectures on opera.WERNER HERZOG is a film director, screenwriter, actor, and opera director.