all his friends and expectant ones
an in every respect
Sparkling New Year
Wherever your pulse beats more rapidly , you take a bath in the crowd jerking with experience , may it be on Piccadilly , Times Square , Bloor Street/Yonge Street , Nevsky Prospect , Shibuya Crossing , Nanjing Road , Park Street , George Street , Blvd. St-Germain , Mönckebergstraße/Jungfernstieg , Kurfürstendamm/Tauentzien, Kärntner Straße or , why , indeed , indeed , Sonnenstraße/Stachus .
The eternal melody of the city
it is which rushes towards you. Now here and now no different than in the past in Baghdad , that “first world-city of the new Civilization” (Spengler) or even a paltry umpteen thousand years before in the splendid Babylon as – aiming at Rome and its Empire – the Great Whore of the Revelation .
The melody of life plain and simple ,
the melody of the wind , promising spring , caressing summerly , raging in autumn , crystal in winter , the melody of the sea , evenly rushing , sparkling with spray …
Sixty years ago Heckendorf’s palette spit all this impastoed onto the wood. To serve sixty years later niemeyer’s as greeting to you , garnished with all good wishes , the first of which shall be
keep well and fit , then you will master 2015 , too ,
varying the former greeting of a schoolmarm summing the highs and lows of the melody of her life , gratefully commemorating not least her mental vigor staying downright youthful as owed to lifelong , life-filling immersing into her collection . What did she want more ! What do you want more ! “Collectors are happy people” (Goethe) ! And so
the “Secret Rejoicing” of Art ,
its “rose-entwined scepter” (both Thomas Mann referring to Munich) , shall be your smiling companions in the new year, too .
LÜDER H. NIEMEYER JAN HENDRIK NIEMEYER
« The city-life as such emerges …
and at once the spell of personal freedom
begins to operate …
There sets in a sort of passion for becoming urban »
Spengler II (1928) , page 354 , emphasis in the original
Fascination Sea of Lights Metropolis
Berlin 1888 – Munich 1962
Oil on fiberboard. 1955. 27½ × 35⅜ in (70 × 90 cm).
And in such a manner then …
1520 Mantua 1582
Engraving. 1556. 14¼ × 10 in (36.2 × 25.3 cm).
And in its dynamic
of pacing forward , the expectation of experience ,
in short , the self-certitude of antiquity ,
quite in thematic contrast to Hubert
as the Christian doubtful about his doings
“ Thank you for your kind help with the Hogarth and for always pleasant correspondence ”
(Mrs. M. K., April 15, 2004)