Magical Mystery Tour

Drifter: An Interview with Peter Doig

100 years of Melancholy: Peter Doig creates an uncanny, yet familiar atmosphere in his works, combining an eye for everyday situations with a knowledge of the history of art. A conversation about Doig's love of enigmatic details, stylistic influences on his work ranging from Eduard Manet to Quentin Tarantino, historical painting with a glued-on beard, and his life in Trinidad.

Magical Mystery Tour

With its return to the roots of Modernism, "The MoMA in Berlin" has been attracting a mass public for over three months already. Yet, as they turn to the future, artists like Peter Doig, Karen Kilimnik, and the new German painting also hark back to paragons of the past. Oliver Koerner von Gustorf on the value of nostalgic longing and current artistic strategies of remembrance.

Interview Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Over the years, Ilya Kabakov has become one of the most important representatives of contemporary Russian art. Since 1989, Kabakov has been working closely together with his wife Emilia, a trained concert pianist. Their "total installations" address the oppressive conditions of everyday Soviet life, they also celebrate the survival and the power of the human spirit. Cheryl Kaplan visited the couple in their home on Long Island.

Time Travels: Abetz & Drescher

Maike Abetz and Oliver Drescher have been working their way through the gamut of cultural codes, playing with quotes and their love of sixties pop music. With their painted remix through the ages, they not only seek to counter the "profanation of the media," but also demonstrate that the one-time universal visual language of the Renaissance still possesses validity to this day.

Art and the re- invention of the past

Source of inspiration, cultural carrier, and ideal place of refuge: seldom before was a young international art scene this interested in the past. The phenomenon forms the main focus of’s current issue. Where does the magic of memory lie? Does a longing for yesterday generate nostalgia, or is it a melancholic look to better times? +++++ The British painter Peter Doig deliberately employs art historical strategies to envelope his figures in a secretive atmosphere – making them “drifters,” as he explains in an exclusive interview on the occasion of his exhibition in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne +++++ Artists like Karen Kilimnik, Monika Baer, and the new German painters hark back both to Romantic idylls and Modernist achievements. Oliver Koerner von Gustorf researched why contemporary art is increasingly turning towards sensuousness and introspection, back to the styles and values of former times. +++++ They are the superstars of Russian contemorary art: For Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, history goes hand in hand with the failure of the Soviet regime. Cheryl Kaplan spoke with the New York-based artist couple about collective memory and the special pessimism of Eastern Europe. +++++ Painted time travels: The Berlin- based art duo Maike Abetz and Oliver Drescher are confessing sixties fans. Harald Fricke interviewed the couple in their studio and learned how a universal language can develop out of a love for Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.