Probably based on the literary material “Das Narrenschiff” or “Das Narrenschyff ad Narragoniam”, a late medieval moral satire by Sebastian Brant, which was printed in Basel in 1494 and was considered the most successful German-language book from the time before the Reformation, Hieronymus Bosch reacted in the outgoing 15th century also under the title “Ship of Fools” on human weaknesses, follies, pseudo-morals and vanities. Women and men sit together in the same boat in the foreground and indulge in their vices without restraint.
Boats and ships have always been considered a metaphor for changes in life and society, for departure and travel, but also for transcendence, for upheaval, life and death and, in mythology, for the passage into the realm of the dead.They take in people who are on their way. For some of them, they are a haven or even a new home.
Boats and ships therefore occupy a very special place in Leonard Sheil and János Szurcsik’s oeuvre. In the fall of 2014, I was allowed to work by the two artists in my then newly founded gallery under the title “occidentatio. over the sea, down the river”.
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