Wolf Gerlach:
Sculpture set "Mainzel Little Men", version in bronze


Wolf Gerlach:
Sculpture set "Mainzel Little Men", version in bronze


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ars mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 499 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Certificate | Bronze | Multicolored patinated | Format: each ca. 13 x 15 x 11 cm (W/H/D) | Weight each ca. 2.3 kg


Wolf Gerlach: Sculpture set "Mainzel Little Men", version in bronze

World premiere: Mainzel Little Men - Exclusive edition at ars mundi for 50-year stage jubilee in 2013

These true TV stars do not wear smoking or evening suits – they have pointed caps on. And they are looking back to a career of almost 50 years. This is enough to make a little memorial for the Mainzel Little Men - in noble bronze and in cast stone.

The Mainzel Little Men became a Cult. Since 2nd April 1963, they have been part of our everyday life and many of us have as children taken Anton, Berti, Conni, Det, Edi and Fritzchen to our hearts. After a television career of almost 50 years, with over 40,000 short clips, there are now three Mainzel Little Men for the first time in bronze and cast stone – shaped by their spiritual father, the graphic artist and stage designer Wolf Gerlach in person and released by him and ZDF in strictly limited edition, exclusively for ars mundi.
Same as the little TV stars were created picture by picture as pencil drawings, their sculptural versions have to be also of highest artisanal quality. The artistic art foundry selected by us guarantees the highest rigor at casting and subsequent finishing from hand grinding and polishing of the unfinished casting to patinating. Just the application of the multicolor patina is a special challenge. As each of the Mainzel little men has his own name and personality, he can also be recognized by his clothes. In order to dress Anton in a red shirt and blue trousers, an extremely delicate patina procedure is necessary, with colors applied in a precisely determined order and at different temperatures. This requires year-long craftsmanship and sure instinct of the person performing the process.
The result is little art works, as it is proper for the Mainzel Little Men. And Wolf Gerlach acknowledges with his signature that they are not less of an artistic achievement than their famous drawn models - each exemplar bears his signature.

Three "Mainzel Little Men": "Berti", "Anton" and "Conni“, Edition in cast bronze:
The series limited to 499 exemplars in multicolored patinated bronze is cast with great craftsmanship effort in traditional lost wax technique. Each exemplar made exclusively for ars mundi, bears Gerlach´s signature and is individually serially numbered. With hand serially numbered certificate. Format: each ca. 13 x 15 x 11 cm (W/H/D). Weight ca. 2.3 kg each.

The complete trio in set with unitary numbering.

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1928-2012, versatile artist, inventor of Little Mainz.

Born in 1928 in Pomerania, Wolf Theodor Gerlach spent his youth on the North Sea island Langeoog. Technology and equipment of the performing arts seems to have aroused the young man's interest. After an apprenticeship as art director, set and costume designer, it came his first commitment in Oldenburg. Followed by Braunschweig and Wiesbaden. At the beginning of the 60s, Gerlach devoted to the advertising film and 1963 for the start of transmission of the ZDF, he invented the Little Mainz.

Gerlach, dissatisfied with all experiments dedicated voice actors to give his characters the appropriate voice, synchronized in the first years. And so as the listening to fairy tale plates, distinctive voice and manner of the actor Hans Paetsch speaking charmed generations of children and their parents since the 60s, then Gerlach spoke with the invented and crowed him "Gud'n Aaamd" in the hearts of viewers. His mischievous, cheeky and brash males will always be with us.

Wolf Gerlach died in November 2012 at the age of 84 years.

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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