Fernando Bryce: Ludwig 2009, series of 3 drawings, ink on paper; Photo: Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm
Fernando Bryce: Ludwig 2009, series of 3 drawings, ink on paper; Photo: Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm

Ludwig 2009, series of 3 drawings, ink on paper
Photos: Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm

Linie Line Linea. Contemporary Drawing

Fernando Bryce analyses the construction of history and its representation in the media. He collects newspaper photos, posters, and flyers about real people and events and then copies them in ink-and-brush drawings. His series of drawings on Bavarian king Ludwig II. is devoted to a highly ambivalent figure in German history. Bryce combines portraits of Ludwig as a young art-loving king and as an old man caught up in the politics of power with a character from a feature film (Helmut Berger as Ludwig II. in a film by Luchino Visconti). The picture of the actor is much better known than the real historical person and thus seems more authentic for the viewer.