TierART with comedian Aurel Mertz / New five-part series on 3sat

Mainz (ots) –

from Monday, August 15, 2022, 7:10 p.m
first broadcasts

From the first cave paintings to depictions of dangerous beasts in the Middle Ages, classic so-called “animal pieces” in the 17th century to surreal animal images of the 20th century and contemporary works – art is full of animal depictions. In the five-part series “TierART. An animal art history with Aurel Mertz”, showing from Monday August 15, 2022 to Friday August 19, 2022, at 7:10 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., comedian and animal lover Aurel Mertz engages in an inspiring discussion about Homo sapiens and the species around him. The series “TierART” is available from Monday 15 August 2022 in the 3sat media library on the topic page “Crazy about art” together with many other documentaries and articles about art. Available there for five years.

The first episode (Monday, August 15, 2022, 7:10 p.m.) deals with the most commonly kept pet in Germany: the cat. To some it’s just a purring kitty, to others it’s still a satan in league with the devil – just like in the Middle Ages. When it came to embodying the eternal female, no other animal was so long awaited by painters. The cat either becomes a symbol of beauty like Auguste Renoir – or represents danger and lust.

The dog (Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 7:20 pm) is an integral part of human life – and equally important in art. Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and David Hockney all have one thing in common: they were all proud owners of a duck. And they painted, photographed or immortalized their four-legged companions excessively on porcelain. The masterpieces of the aristocratic Italian Renaissance greyhounds, the spoiled footprints of the French Rococo, and the lens-seeking buffs of the modern era reveal much about the checkered history of the man and his best friend.

The third episode deals with horses (Wednesday 17 August 2022, 7.10pm) and the legend of the shy animal of flight, on whose back the fate of the earth is said to rest. Why: He who rides is on top, he is free, he can command and make wars. Early on, man entered into a heroic partnership with the horse unto death. Art history is full of battle horses and paintings of male cavalry, such as Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps.

On Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 7:20 p.m., it’s all about “exotics.” Elephants, monkeys, tigers, spiders: For centuries they have crawled, stalked, hovered or hunted in all genres of art history – whether figurative or abstract, classical, expressionistic or figurative. Many artists have experimented with these “exotic” animals. In the famous stalls of animals, photographs by Paul Friedrich Meyerheim, elephants, crocodiles and people left open suddenly collide. The fascination grows – Europeans and foreign animals draw closer.

The latest episode, which will air on Friday, August 19, 2022, at 7:10 p.m., deals with birds in art. From Michelangelo’s “Leda with the Swan” to Pablo Picasso’s Dove of Peace to Rebecca Horn’s Peacock Machine: Art is an enthusiastic companion to the bird. Winged creatures have inspired artists throughout the ages. But the relationship is not only of a friendly nature: Man has chained the bird and locked it in cages so that he always has with him the symbol of freedom.

Contact person: Marion Leibrecht, phone: 06131 – 70-16478;
Press Desk, phone: 06131 – 70-12108, pressedesk@zdf.de

Photos of the program are available from ZDF contact, phone: 06131 – 70-16100 and via https://presseportal.zdf.de/presse/tierart

The video streams of the episodes: https://kurz.zdf.de/nY2y/

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