The piano as a medium of the soul

By Sigrid Blomen-Radermacher

Thomas A emphasized the significant influence of music on Mack's artistic work. Lange, Chairman of the Board of Directors National-Bank, in his welcome. The music is a faithful companion in Mack's life, emphasized Barbara Könches, Managing Director of the Zero Foundation. She made an amusing calculation, after which she discovered that Heinz Mack had spent almost ten percent of his waking life at the piano. When Mack applied to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, he did so with drawings that formally corresponded to the admired notes of Bach's "Well-Tempered Piano".


An interdisciplinary panel of scholars from art, music and psychology illuminated from diverse perspectives from Mack's work in relation to music. They are titles like "Rondo", "Dynamic Structure" or "Chromatic" that associate Mack with music.


"My Steinway is my best psychiatrist," is the name of a statement by Heinz Mack, who turns 90 next week. And so musicologist Stefan Fricke had overwritten his lecture. Fricke vividly described how the piano was destroyed and deformed as a taboo in the 1960s. Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, Günther Uecker and other artists turned the bourgeois musical instrument into a piano sculpture, an artificial piano. Heinz Mack, Fricke said, knew this, but his attitude to the piano was different: "Piano is a medium of the human soul." Mack was not a destroyer, but an add-on. This can be found in his pictures and black-and-white graphics, which recall the keyboard of the piano or the inner workings of a piano.

March 1, 2021