The André Thomkins Estate

The estate of Swiss artist André Thomkins (formerly Estate Thomkins Lucerne and Estate Thomkins Cologne) has been deposited with the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein since 2004. The museum is responsible for compiling an inventory of the artist's complete estate which consists of more than 6'500 works of art, his library and his photographs and documents. 

Life

André Thomkins was born in Lucerne in 1930 and died in West Berlin in 1985. In 1952 he went to Rheydt in the young Federal Republic of Germany and from 1954 to 1979 lived in Essen with his family. He established his main residence in Switzerland again in 1979.

Work

From the very beginning, André Thomkins engaged in his work both with the Old Masters and with important 20th century artists, such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Hans Arp and Paul Klee. He was inspired at an early stage by the art strategies of Surrealism, which promoted his great interest in experimental art practices, in keeping with contemporary trends. Thomkins befriended the Nouveaux Réalistes and artists involved in the Fluxus movement. He himself worked with images, objects and words in equal measure. He was also a representative of Concrete Poetry.

 

André Thomkins was an outstanding draughtsman and watercolourist. His estate includes not only pen and pencil drawings, but also many watercolours and works that hover on the borderline between architecture and sculpture (Thomkins Labyr activities in the early 1960s are of importance here). Paint skins, repeating patterns, permanent scenes and the recurring weightless floating figure Schwebsel (Thomkins' alter ego) stand alongside various works that have to do with the egg and with music.

 

Thomkins inventive handling of letters and words is manifest in numerous palindromes and anagrams, in wordplay and word machines. At the level of images, there are correspondences between his palindromes and, among other things, his hinges, mirror images of fine drawings based on the Rorschach principle. Suggestive titles are not just a component of his verbal artistic productions, they also formulate a world in itself, expanding the reading of his works in an exhilarating, subtle and profound way.

 

Thomkins oeuvre is inconceivable without his pronounced love of everyday materials like rubber, magazine photographs, paper, foodstuffs, found objects, etc., which are particularly evident in his objects and collages. His experiments with the most varied of materials led to independent humorous-fantastic works which are of great intellectual profundity, yet have a playfully associative quality.

 

When asked in 1969 by Serge Stauffer about his favourite place and state, Thomkins replied: Everywhere, but hovering.

 

Dagmar Streckel is responsible for the estate.

  • Wed 14.10.

    Introduction for Teachers

    Parliament of Plants
    with Susanne Kudorfer und Klara Frick, for teachers from Austria, registration required
  • Sat 17.10.

    Workshop

    VERTIEFEN
    Grüner Radierer. Workshop mit Klara Frick
  • Sat 17.10.

    Workshop

    VERTIEFEN
    Susanne Kudorfer stellt das padlet zur Ausstellung vor und was man damit machen kann
  • Sat 17.10.

    Workshop

    VERTIEFEN
    Kunstgespräch mit Susanne Kudorfer zu John Baldessari, Teaching a Plant the Alphabet
  • Sat 17.10.

    Workshop

    VERTIEFEN
    Pflanzenfarbe – Experiment Rotkohl

    Workshop mit Sophia Hamann per ZOOM aus Wien
    im Atelier des Kunstmuseums oder in deiner eigenen Küche
  • Wed 21.10.

    Introduction for Teachers

    Parliament of Plants
    with Susanne Kudorfer und Klara Frick, for teachers from Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland. Registration required.
  • Thu 22.10.

    Movie

    Das geheime Leben der Bäume
    by Jörg Adolph, DE 2019, 101'
    In cooperation with Skino, Schaan.
  • Sun 25.10.

    Workshop

    Interview with an orchid
    Workshop with Anna Hilti
    In cooperation with Kunstschule Liechtenstein.
  • Thu 29.10.

    Take Away

    Parliament of Plants
    Short guided tour during the lunch break
  • Thu 29.10.

    Seniors

    Painting Workshop at the Kunstmuseum
    with Beate Frommelt
  • Thu 29.10.

    Discussion

    Historische botanische Bücher
    ***CANCELLED***
    Talk with Peter Goop
    In cooperation with Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft.
  • Thu 5.11.

    Opening

    Principally Painting
    Works from the Hilti Art Foundation
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Thu 12.11.

    Guided tour

    Principally Painting.
    Works from the Hilti Art Foundation
    ***BOOKED OUT***
    with Uwe Wieczorek
  • Sat 14.11.

    Workshop

    Writing Nature
    with Anna Ospelt, accompanied by Toni Büchel
    In cooperation with Junges Literaturhaus Liechtenstein.
  • Sun 15.11.

    Family Workshop

    Family studio
  • Sun 15.11.

    Family Workshop

    Family studio
  • Thu 19.11.

    Movie

    Wild Plants
    by Nicolas Humbert, CH 2016, 109'
    In cooperation with Skino, Schaan.
  • Thu 26.11.

    Take Away

    Imi Knoebel
    Short guided tour during the lunch break
  • Thu 26.11.

    Seniors

    Painting Workshop at the Kunstmuseum
    ***CANCELLED***
    with Beate Frommelt
  • Thu 26.11.

    Discussion

    Phänologische Beobachtungen für die Wissenschaft
    ***CANCELLED***
    Gespräch und Werkbetrachtung mit Barbara Pietragalla
  • Thu 26.11.

    Yoga with Picasso

    Yoga with Eleonora Hertenstein
    An event of the Hilti Art Foundation.
  • Fri 27.11.

    Guided tour

    Parliament of Plants
    ***CANCELLED***
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll and Annett Höland
  • Fri 27.11.

    Reading

    Nimbus
    ***CANCELLED***
    mit Marion Poschmann
    Ort: Literaturhaus Liechtenstein, Schaan
    In Kooperation mit dem Literaturhaus Liechtenstein, Schaan.
  • Thu 3.12.

    Discussion

    Gespräch über Bäume
    with Rainer Rappmann
    In cooperation with Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft.
    ***BOOKED OUT***
  • Sun 6.12.

    One Hour

    Urwald, Naturwald, Wirtschaftswald:
    Eine Waldgeschichte der letzten 150 Jahre
    Talk with Marco Maierhofer and Gerhard Konrad, chief foresters of Vaduz and Schaan/Planken
  • Thu 10.12.

    Lecture

    Präsentation
    50 Jahre Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft
    Liechtenstein-Sarganserland-Werdenberg e.V.
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Thu 10.12.

    Yoga with Picasso

    Meditation with Roland Dörig (MINDFULMIND)
    An event of the Hilti Art Foundation.
  • Sun 13.12.

    Concert

    Concert for members of Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft
    with Klaus Gesing (saxophone, bass clarinet) and Björn Meyer (bass guitar)
    On occasion of the 45th anniversary of Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft.
  • Thu 17.12.

    Movie

    Seed Warriors
    by Mirjam von Arx and Katharina von Flotow, CH 2010, 86'
    In cooperation with Skino, Schaan.
  • Sun 3.1.

    One Hour

    50 Jahre naturkundliche Forschung
    ***CANCELLED***
    Talk with Josef Biedermann and other members of the Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft Liechtenstein-Sarganserland-Werdenberg e.V.
  • Thu 7.1.

    Discussion

    Sich selbst wiederfinden durch Naturverbundenheit
    ***CANCELLED***
    Gespräch und Werkbetrachtung mit Gerlinde Manz-Christ
    In Kooperation mit der Liechtensteinischen Kunstgesellschaft.
  • Sun 10.1.

    Concert

    Dir das Gemüt grün färben
    ***CANCELLED***
    Literarisch-musikalisches Programm mit dem Trio Gleichklang
  • Thu 14.1.

    Guided tour

    Parliament of Plants
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Sat 16.1.

    seminar

    Wildes Denken – Wildes Fühlen
    ***CANCELLED***
    mit Andreas Weber, Biologe, Ökophilosoph und Schriftsteller, Universität der Künste, Berlin
    Ort: Haus Gutenberg, Balzers
    In Kooperation mit dem Haus Gutenberg, Balzers und der Liechtensteinischen Gesellschaft für Umweltschutz (LGU).
  • Sun 17.1.

    Lecture and discussion

    Ist die Psyche eine Pflanze?
    Die Pflanzenwelt als Schlüssel zur Wirklichkeit
    ***CANCELLED***
    mit Andreas Weber, Biologe, Ökophilosoph und Schriftsteller, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Kuratorin und Mitglied der Direktion Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, und Bruno Fluder, Leiter Haus Gutenberg, Balzers
    In Kooperation mit dem Haus Gutenberg, Balzers und der Liechtensteinischen Gesellschaft für Umweltschutz (LGU).
  • Thu 21.1.

    Seniors

    Painting Workshop at the Kunstmuseum
    ***CANCELLED***
    with Beate Frommelt
  • Thu 21.1.

    Movie

    When Tomatoes Met Wagner
    ***CANCELLED***
    von Marianna Economou, GR 2019, 73'
    In Kooperation mit dem Skino, Schaan.
  • Sun 24.1.

    Family Workshop

    Family studio
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Sun 24.1.

    Family Workshop

    Family studio
    ***CANCELLED***
    Museum Studio with creative activities
  • Thu 28.1.

    Take Away

    Principally Painting
    Works from the Hilti Art Foundation
    ***CANCELLED***
    Short guided tour during the lunch break
  • Thu 28.1.

    Guided tour

    Imi Knoebel
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Thu 28.1.

    Yoga with Picasso

    Yoga mit Delia Krattinger
    ***CANCELLED***
    An event of the Hilti Art Foundation.