Containers, plastic chairs, neon lamps and floral wallpaper, plywood, hardware store materials and second-hand goods, under the direction of Bert Neumann, become complex architectural constructions of reality with their own aesthetics of reality, in which the irony of the beautiful appearance is always in the picture. Everyday life and the big city of its own daily life are enough to inspire Neumann. Our glossy and at the same time disposable society he lets shine in the light of the stage in sublime desolation. The result is theatrical spaces such as the New Town, which he built into a whole city for Castorf’s Dostoyevsky adaptations.
Bert Neumann’s stage designs, because there is no question of pictures, function as an anti-illusionist theater. The use of digital media and perspectively variable audience positioning makes the production of theater effects visible and tangible at all times. Imitation of Life – the larger than life (stage) reality of his work is documented in this richly illustrated volume.