British Artist Fiona Banner’s Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron at Galerie Barbara Thumm


BERLIN.- Fiona Banner’s practice centres on the problems and possibilities of language, both written and metaphorical. From her ‘wordscapes’ to her use of found and transformed military aircraft, Banner juxtaposes the brutal and the sensual, performing an almost complete cycle of intimacy, attraction and alienation. In this exhibition the artist alternates between the pathos of battle in her monumental sculptures, and the gentle humour of her works on paper, as she looks at how we mythologize ourselves and our history, and our willingness to be seduced by our own myths. The title of the show is taken from a 1966 hit song, which describes the battle between Snoopy and World War 1 flying ace The Red Baron. The song music was never published for legal reasons; Snoopy’s owners sued the band over use of his name. For this show, Banner has created sheet music re-interpreting the original pop song, turning it into an annotated fugue. Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts with his sta