As with Rambo (Nieves, 2016), Beni Bischof watched the film Bambi (Walt Disney, 1942) over and over again while sitting in front of the TV and painting hundreds of works. From hand-written artworks to loose watercolour figures and more abstract shapes, the book and exhibition at PLUS-ONE Galley in Antwerp is an entertaining and unique interpretation of this iconic film. Bambi has long been a cross-cultural symbol: birth, life, death, rebirth, the endless circle of life; and a moral pioneer for the good and pure in humans. A desirable role model for generations, regardless of culture and religion. But the name Bambi is repeatedly misappropriated: the annual awarded German media and television prize bears the name Bambi, while thousands of nurseries, baby shops or hotels also share the name. In the 1970s, the image of the innocent fawn became quite battered.
Beni Bischof is the ultimate mix and matcher: in all his work he combines and adapts existing images, texts and situations. His work can be read as an ironic commentary on the banality of everyday life.
260 pages, 29.7 x 21cm, softcover, Nieves (Zurich)