Wolf Gerlach:
Sculpture "Mainzelmännchen Det, the Thinker", bronze
Wolf Gerlach:
Sculpture "Mainzelmännchen Det, the Thinker", bronze

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 499 copies | numbered | signed | certificate | bronze | multi-coloured patinated | size approx. 14.5 x 15 x 10 cm ( w/h/d) | weight approx. 2.4 kg

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Sculpture "Mainzelmännchen Det, the Thinker", bronze
Wolf Gerlach: Sculpture "Mainzelmännchen Det, the Thinker...

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Sculpture "Mainzelmännchen Det, the Thinker", bronze

50 years of screen experience, more than 40,000 short TV clips and several other "capers". The Mainzelmännchen are German cult figures. They have been part of our everyday lives since 2 April 1963, and many of us have already cherished Anton, Berti, Conni, Det, Edi and Fritzchen as children.

On the occasion of their 50th stage anniversary in 2013, the little cartoon characters are now available as bronze sculptures for our Mainzelmännchen series. They were sculpted by their spiritual father, the graphic artist and stage designer Wolf Gerlach himself and released by him and the public-service television broadcaster ZDF in a strictly limited edition exclusively for ars mundi.

Mainzelmännchen "Det, the Thinker":
Another star in the great succession of Rodin's "Thinker": the clever Det, the Mainzelmännchen thinker. The limited edition of 499 copies in multi-coloured patinated bronze is cast with great craftsmanship using the Lost-Wax-Process. Each copy is created exclusively for ars mundi, features Wolf Gerlach's signature and is individually numbered. Each sculpture is a unique piece. With hand-numbered certificate. Size approx. 14.5 x 15 x 10 cm (w/h/d). Weight approx. 2.4 kg.

About Wolf Gerlach

1928-2012 - versatile artist, inventor of the Mainzelmännchen

Born in Pomerania, Germany, in 1928, Wolf Theodor Gerlach spent his youth living on the North Sea island of Langeoog. The technology and equipment of the performing arts seem to have aroused the young man's interest. After an apprenticeship as a film architect, stage and costume designer, he had his first job in Oldenburg, then Braunschweig and Wiesbaden. At the beginning of the 1960s, Gerlach devoted himself to advertising films and in 1963, for the launch of the public-service television broadcaster ZDF, he created the animated station-identity mascots "Mainzelmännchen".

Gerlach, dissatisfied with all the attempts of dedicated dubbing actors to give his characters the right voice, dubbed them himself in the first few years. And just as the distinctive voice and manner of speaking of actor Hans Paetsch heard on fairy tale records enchanted generations of children and their parents from the 1960s onwards, Gerlach spoke his way into the hearts of television viewers with the famous greeting that he invented and crowed: "Gud'n Aaamd" a dialect coloured "Guten Abend" ("good evening"). His mischievous, cheeky and impertinent characters will always be with us.

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