In a little hand-written book, Ferdinand Nigg (1865–1949) wrote down the question "What is bliss?". His answer reads "For the raindrop, falling into the ocean".

Ich möchte wissen (I would like to know) was the title that Ferdinand Nigg (1865–1949) gave to a little hand-written book in which he wrote down numerous questions and answers in capital letters in the style of haikus. "What is truth?", "What is happiness?" or "What is art?". His answer to the question "What is bliss?" reads "For the raindrop, falling into the ocean".

Cross-stitch by cross-stitch joins together in Nigg's embroidery to form the continuous and, at the same time, dynamic basic structure of his compositions. The stitches combine to create ornamental repeats and figures, forming a two-dimensional and equally three-dimensional aspect that oscillates between abstraction and figuration. The mutually contingent opposite pairs of his embroideries emphasise an inherent moment of motion – an eternal cycle – like the raindrop in the ocean.

Nigg was a painter, graphic artist, textile designer, book designer and typographer. Alongside teaching in Magdeburg and later Cologne, he also created an extensive oeuvre of drawings and embroidery, mostly undated and out of the public eye. After retiring in 1931, he returned to Liechtenstein, where he created his late work.

Admission to this presentation is free of charge.

  • Guided tours
  • Thu, 25.1.2018
  • Thu 25.1.

    Guided tour

    Ferdinand Nigg. For the raindrop, falling into the ocean
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll