Paula and her brother Remo visit the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin with their grandfather. A cross-generational dialogue arises on their different interpretations of the works of art.

With numerous anecdotes, the genesis of works by realists and romantics, from Schadow and Schinkel to Caspar David Friedrich, to Böcklin and Menzel, is related from different perspectives. The vivid imagination of the grandchildren and their unconventional opinions animate the museum visit and arouse interest for the „real“ history of the pictures.

“It is one of those moments when the reader of the book “In the Eye of the Beholder” seems to dive into a world apart that is familiar from old paintings but has never been as lively and accessible to us as it is here.”

Lars von Törne, Der Tagesspiegel

Artist Felix Pestemer, together with Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, has set out to enthuse both old and young for the delights of museums. He has done that in an exciting project involving the medium of the contemporary graphic novel, carried out with great attention to detail in terms of content and design.”

Herbert Lechner, novum

“Felix Pestemer tells his stories with pencil and brush – and he is a real master in doing so.”

Andrea Heinze, rbb Kultur

“Felix Pestemer brings together high culture and entertainment in a refreshing manner.”

Sebstian Bauer, B.Z.

“Imagination and historical fact are walking hand in hand. The book stirs up curiosity for the world of the Prussian kings and the local history of Berlin. It is recommended to younger readers – but not just to them.”

Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung

In the Eye of the Beholder

avant-verlag / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2019
Graphic Novel, 112 pages, Hardcover,
30,5 x 22,5 cm
ISBN 978-3-96445-021-0