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The book art magazine "Buchkunstwelten" is a free magazine in pdf format, published at irregular intervals. The download is free. Further use requires the consent of the author.

The magazine "Buchkunstwelten" reports about books that are shown on the homepages, and It is a magazine for book collectors and other people with an affinity to books.

Gerd J. Wunderer



Ausgabe 07/2021 "From the past, into the present and into the future".


Each page represents a moment in a person's life, colourful, multi-layered and full of life. Flip through the book once at an exhibition and ask yourself what colour design the page three pages back had, or dare to predict what colourfulness will show up in the next page. With this book, time and the impossibility of transcending time is visualised. As in all artists' books, here again a possibility has been created to make time tangible. Each turn of a page allows us to experience time and the passing of time and to experience its presence. Each piece of the present requires a new interpretation: where am I standing, where is the wind of life blowing me, where am I going. All of these are also mystical questions from the very beginning of thought. Man is a mystical being, despite all rationality. As far as we want infinitely or only for a short moment. The images thus become signs of the time we perceive for the moment we turn the page. At the same time, with each turn of the page, more and more of the past becomes visible.


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Ausgabe 05/2021 Übers Jahr

Übers Jahr

Jedes Jahr im Frühjahr und im Herbst sammeln sich die Stare nach ihrem Hinflug und Rückflug auf einer alten Telefonleitung.


Es ist jedes Mal ein Naturschauspiel, wenn sie kommen oder gehen. Wenn Sie kommen sind die Vögel für mich die ersten Frühlingsboten, die Zuversicht auf ein neues Jahr mitbringen, dass bald die Natur zu neuem Leben erwachen wird.


Im Herbst, bei ihrem Rückflug, überwiegt dann eher Wehmut vor der bevorstehenden Winterzeit.


Dieses Wechselspiel von kommen und gehen hat mich zu einem Künstlerbuch über die Stare inspiriert.


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Edition 03/2021 The unicorn



The unicorn, a mythical creature that is repeatedly perceived as existing in our cultural sphere. But does there still exist, or did there ever exist, a unicorn?

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Edition 03/2021 Love


These three artist's books from 2016 and 2020 presented in the latest issue of Buchkunstwelten were created through an artist collaboration between Eckhard Koenig (Berlin) and Gerd J. Wunderer (Augsburg).

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Edition 02/2020 "The Way * Zämmagchööra * Ligiom * Connected" and "Alemanni - Walser - Epic":

Most of them are also unique in terms of their artistic decoration. The format is regulated to the size of a half Din A4 page divided lengthwise. The book is designed in a loose-leaf sequence with different artistic sheets. The leaves are not bound, which is usually the case in my artist books. Instead, the SBAC books, as well as my artist books, are held together with a ribbon. This binding technique is still used in the Asian region today, in addition to the binding technique that is normal for us. The SBAC texts are printed with a laser printer.

"The Way * Zämmagchööra * Ligiom * Connected"

It was the 22.03.1784 when an avalanche came down on the Vanatsch. Five men from the village of Cavorgia were buried. One of the avalanche victims was my great-great-great-grandfather.

This accident is now almost 235 years ago and was nevertheless the basis for an artist book about my family. The first part of the story I wrote is a literary fiction, which takes historical facts into account, but is not based on any kind of evidence.

"Alemanni - Walser - Epic"

This book is an epic poem about the two tribal peoples of my family, the Alemanni and the Walser. It is a contemplation that covers a period of almost 2000 years. In this epic the historical development of both peoples is shown. It is an attempt to revive the oral tradition, which was part of Alemannic historiography for a long time.

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Edition 01/2020 "The Way * Zämmagchööra * Ligiom * Connected"

Edition 01/2020 "The Way * Zämmagchööra * Ligiom * Connected"

"The Way * Zämmagchööra * Ligiom * Connected"

I begin our journey through time around 260 AD and illuminate the historical path of the Alemanni and how they became the Walser. At the same time I look at the family history of the Pali, Paly, de Paly family, how it might have developed over the centuries.

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Meditatio - Reflection

... "Where there is no real impulse, there is also no art. When artistic form is not able to confuse the mind of the viewer, and when it does not force him to think differently, it is not topical"...  Antonie Tapies


This book was written after extensive reading of the book "Die Überwindung der Lebensangst" by Prof. Dr. Dr. Eugen Biser. Eugen Biser, in his examination of theological questions, understands how to make the reader rethink his own faith. It was an enrichment for me to deal with his work.

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Issue 09/2017 Memento Mori

Memento Mori, the confrontation with death, his own death, is artistically a very exciting question that one must ask himself. I have attempted to write down my thoughts and feelings in a poem and continue to work artistically in monotypes.

Does this mean for us that we should go into sack and ashes, we must have trouble, whether this prospect that we all must die? Are we depressed because we can not prolong our lives by one minute despite all our efforts?

No, for me the opposite is the case. Because we are mortal, the time left to us is all the more valuable, much too bad to kill this time.

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Issue 02/2016 Christian Koans
At the beginning of March 2015 I visited a lecture that me very much affected. Suddenly the direction was clear. Father Anselm Grün held the lecture. The topic of the evening read “therapeutic religion”. In the course of its lecture the word of the Christian Koan fell. That was then my topic.

It should be so this time sacred book art. This form of book art is hardly to be found. If it was, nevertheless, in the past the base of the religious passing on. Now the subject frame of my new book was certain. Koans, doctrines with at first sight to itself first once to respeaking statements.

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Issue 05/2015 Contemplation
The idea is to transfer the basic pattern of the old carpets to the fragments in my book and fill, i.e. own colors, own patterns and motifs with new life. The carpet fragment begins now to lead a dynamic life of its own. It developed a momentum of its own. Colors that are incompatible according to prevailing opinion, appear side by side. Develop a coexistence, to harmonize to. But also the emotional side of the carpet, his story and the stories behind the story, sounding like music, just as the image painted on a paper start his own song.
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Issue 12/2013 The circus is coming , the circus .

 The circus has for me always been a special charisma . There is the feeling of an unknown , special form of life. Circus is a cross-border life model, a model of the world if they so wish. The risk of exposing the artists to have the courage to tackle seemingly impossible things , boundaries of everyday life exceed all that involves the fascination of the circus.


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Issue 01 /2013 comedy in art

Humor in art
Humor in the book arts
The turning point !
The turning point ?
From the Serious to the Revels ? A fundamental change my expression, my work direction ?
No, but only a conscious extension of my artistic spectrum.

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Issue 11/2011 Dance of Death

Even if we socially no matter how far have the death of us . Inevitably, it will take us even though we have the death is in our culture with a taboo. The death does not count, only life. But death , the ultimate mystery that we will learn , but that is often repressed, is part unserers life.


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Issue 03 /2011 Vanitas , transience , carpet or a carpet of life book

In the carpets, in this book , in every living creature in spite of all beauty. The transience is woven invisibly woven . In his conception of this book was created entirely transitory. It will dissolve in 50 , 100 or 200 years, and this is part of the artistic concept .
Transience has always been a theme in art . Perhaps it is this piece of melancholy to endure this link from " heavy " and even the "courage" to carry this severity .

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Issue 05/2010 Lacrima
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Issue 12/2009 Everyone is king, everyone is fool
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Issue 01/2009 Battaglia di Adua 1896

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Issue 11/2008 The little King
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Issue 10/2008 Requescat in pace
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Issue 08/2007 Il mare
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Issue 10/2007 Lioba
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