The Gates of the Gutenberg Museum – initially a 12 part series attempting to unravel the mystery of the bronze gates of the Gutenberg Museum.
I’ve now updated the information and rolled it into one article here
Petrea Burchard of Pasadena Daily Photo recently wrote a kind comment on one of the posts in this series:
“I understand that Mainz Daily Photo is now the main repository on the internet of information about these gates. This is how one becomes an authority–one simply decides to be one, and becomes one.”
Unfortunately, this really does seem to be the case.
I still find it absurd to the point of parody that neither the museum nor the city knows ANYTHING about a major work by a major artist sitting right in front of their noses.
And both showing little apparent interest in changing that status.
On reflection, it’s fairly obvious that Rainer Schell wasn’t flavour of the month with the city fathers at the time and their cordial dislike of him might have been unfairly transferred to Karl-Heinz Krause.
I have no idea how that could happen – he’s a lovely man, his wife Ursula (an artist in her own right) is a sweetie (and makes great coffee to boot) and the ructions all happened decades ago.
Water under the bridge.
For the conspiracy theorists: Perhaps there IS a plot to rewrite history. How else would you explain away this image of the museum’s courtyard sans gates in the June issue of the house publication of the Mainzer Volksbank?
It must date back to the first 2 years of the millennium when the panels were languishing in a building material depot.
Either that or someone’s a dab hand with Adobe’s PhotoShop