Playing the game

Akut, Case and Hera came to Bad Vilbel for the fifth consecutive year in 2012 and painted the next-to-last section of the railroad viaduct on Kasseler Straße.

This time they painted a “little parade of Movers and Shakers” featuring artists they admire. What all these artists have or had in common was that were all “playing the game” by indulging their “child-like joy for experimentation.” The artists mentioned on the wall include Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and of course Banksy (allegedly born around 1973 or 1974).

Koons was playing the game

The American artist Jeff Koons, born 1955, is cited twice on the viaduct (here and in my lead photo).

Degas was playing the game

Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui) has mentioned several times in interviews that she is a fan of the French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas (1834-1917).

Hirst was playing the game

Damien Hirst is an English artist, born in 1965, who according to the Sunday Times is the richest living artist in the UK.

Giacometti was playing the game

This refers to the Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). In Paris there is a Giacometti Foundation which owns nearly ten thousand of his artworks, but currently has very little space to display them. The foundation has announced that it will take over 6000 square meters of the former Invalides railway station in Paris for use as a “Giacometti Museum & School,” scheduled to open in 2026. (This station was used from 1946 to 2022 by Air France for advance check-in and as a terminal for airport buses.) The new museum will include a reconstruction of Giacometti’s atelier and will be financed by Xavier Niel, the French millionaire who also paid for the startup-incubator Station F in Paris.

As I have mentioned before, the street art on Kasseler Straße in Bad Vilbel is no longer visible (and perhaps no longer exists) because the railway line is being expanded from two tracks to four, so the whole line from Frankfurt to Bad Vilbel has been a construction site for several years now.

My photos in this post are from 2013. I revised the text in 2023.

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9 thoughts on “Playing the game”

  1. Great post Don. Now the Giacometti museum would be just fab. And the location. When I was a child in Africa (my father was an Air France man) we would end up at the Invalides. So it’s a place with good memories for me, and to see it practically abandoned in recent years was a heartbreak. Giacometti would be perfectly at ease there.
    Happy holidays.

  2. I like it! I recognised the Jeff Koons influence immediately, it’s interesting to see his three dimensional work translated to two. And I’d definitely want to visit the Giacometti Museum if it comes to fruition!

    1. The Giacometti Museum seems to have a good chance of getting established as planned. Air France has already moved out. The building will be used in some way for the Olympic Games this summer (because of its location), and after that they can start spending Xavier Niel’s money to renovate the building and set up the museum.

  3. I love ‘street art’ and Banksy has long been my favourite! Love these pictures … thank you, Don, for a much-needed smile break!

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