Mariam Kühsel-Hussaini is the granddaughter of calligrapher Sayed Da'ud Hussaini. She was born in 1987 in Kabul and grew up in Germany. In 2010, her highly acclaimed debut Gott im Reiskorn was published, followed by the novels Abfahrt (2011) and Attentat auf Adam (2012). Mariam Kühsel-Hussaini lives with her husband and daughter in Berlin.
A Life for Art
1896. Berlin. The National Gallery of Germany is the first museum in the world to acquire and exhibit the Paris modernists: Manet, Monet, Renoir, Rodin. One man dares this venture, Hugo von Tschudi.
Against the German Emperor, against conservative social factions, against all efforts to block him. A moment only and the entire world stretches out in front of him, and Berlin becomes the world. From his Berlin Palace, Wilhelm II looks out in hatred at this new director of the National Gallery, at the colourful smudges of the Impressionists' new paintings and at the French. This hatred that will continue to swell, fuelled by the Emperor's favourite painter, Anton von Werner. Around the corner at Pariser Platz lives Max Liebermann, who stands by Tschudi. The great artist of Berlin, Menzel, depicts his own universe – in a space seemingly beyond the factionalism of the art world – and yet is their own hidden secret.
Great industrialists, financiers, politicians, shoelace sellers - Tschudi is always in their midst, Tschudi, the very tall man with wolf disease eating into his face, who walks unstoppably and unmistakably through the streets, the salons and the whispers of an awakening city. His dark eyes burn out of the mask made for him, which from now on is to be caressed by a Spanish noblewoman.
A true story, worth any dream, any colour and any light ...