The Golden Thread

François du Plessis

At first glance the works of François du Plessis are both fascinating and confusing. Multicoloured structures, surfaces like stone, grain resembling the annual rings of a tree. All manner of different associations come to mind, but the material remains a mystery. It takes a closer look to realize that all the works are made up of books. Book pages, book covers, book spines, bookmarks – that is what they are. François du Plessis’ chosen material is books.

Text: François du Plessis
Publisher: Robert Wenzel Verlag
Editor: Stern-Wywiol Gruppe
Year of publication: 2015
Paperback: 64 pages
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-9816485-8-4

Price: 10.00 €

Ooops ... I’m so sorry for the truth!

Volker März

Volker März‘ work includes sculpture, painting, photography, music, performance and stage design, which he accompanies with texts of his own and combines in his exhibitions to create walk-in installations, an artistic synthesis. In every case Volker März works on a specific theme, often as a dispute with historic figures. Friedrich Nietzsche, for example, or Hannah Ahrend, Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin are personalities whose life and work and whose history of acceptance give him cause for reflection. Issues of our time combine with the more general questions of human existence such as forgetfulness, anxiety, desire, adaptation, freedom and tolerance. He uses a number of small, brightly painted clay figures that he sometimes calls his “surrogate people”. They are often grotesquely exaggerated, satirically intensified or fantastically alienated, and interact as on a stage in narrative compositions. In the corresponding photographs Volker März blurs the relationships between sculpture and the environment – both physically and through perspective – by choosing the perspective to make them appear of human or even monumental size.

Text: Volker März, Berlin
Publisher: Robert Wenzel Verlag
Editor: Stern-Wywiol Gruppe
Year of publication: 2014
Paperback: 106 pages
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-9816485-9-1

Price: 10.00 €

33 years of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe

333 recipes for success

Königsberger Klopse, Karelian kalitts, Tom Kha Gai from Thailand, or good old Hamburg eel soup? This book offers something for every taste. It contains over 333 favourite recipes from the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, chosen and contributed by the employees to mark the group’s 33rd anniversary. The result is a lively cross-section of all the national and regional dishes of Europe, Asia and America that invites you to a unique culinary journey around the world.

Besides entertaining anecdotes, the attractively illustrated cookbook offers a huge selection of dishes of all kinds, from well-known “classics” to exotic rarities. An invitation to browse, cook for yourself and enjoy discovering.

Text: Steffi Funnekötter
Editor:
Stern-Wywiol Gruppe
Year of publication: 2013
Hardcover edition
437 pages
Languages: German, English
ISBN: 978-3-9807275-3-2

Price: 35.00 €

Lecithin

the Unrivalled Nutrient

Lecithin – elixir of life, performance promoter and power nutrient. In this book, Werner Schäfer and Volkmar Wywiol describe the physiological effects of lecithin as a food ingredient and its wide spectrum of applications: from its functions as a neurotransmitter in the nervous system, antagonist of cholesterol and indispensable energy source to an emulsifier in quality cosmetics. It offers an insight into topics such as the origins and production of this fascinating substance and a scientific explanation of its importance in metabolism. Besides containing numerous tables and helpful illustrations, the work is rounded off by ideas for delicious recipes.

A highly informative book – directed towards the interested layman as well as the many people engaged in research and teaching, in industry, the trades and consumer advice, who are concerned with the question of healthy nutrition.

Authors: Werner Schäfer, Volkmar Wywiol
Publisher: Alfred Strohe Verlag
Year of publication: 1986 (1st edition)
Paperback: 157 pages
Languages: English, German
ISBN: 3-87795-031-0

Price: 10.00 €

Fat for life

Oils and fats in animal nutrition

Oils and fats are one of the most important ingredients of animal feed. Besides supplying energy they are a source of essential fatty acids and other components. In this unique publication, Dr. Roland Adelmann explains their chemical composition, how they are made, and the differences in value between the various fat products.

Topics concerning the different applications are discussed in an informative and readily comprehensible manner, and so are the many aspects that have to be considered when assessing the quality of fats and oils. Tips for avoiding incorrect use, a checklist for quality control and a comprehensive glossary make this book a useful and practical guide.

Author: Dr. Roland Adelmann, Berg + Schmidt GmbH
Publisher: Robert Wenzel
Year of publication: 2012 (2nd edition)
Paperback: 51 pages
Languages: English, German
ISBN: 978-3-9807275-2-5

Price: 10.00 €

Future of Flour

A Compendium of Flour Improvement

“Future of Flour” is the first comprehensive reference book to present the latest information on flour improvement competently against the background of a globalized market. It includes related topics such as the use of modern technologies, an analysis of the markets, and procedures in countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, China, India, Argentina and France. The team of authors led by Dr. Lutz Popper gives special attention to the nutritional aspects of flour fortification, frequent and less common problems with flour, determination of wheat and rye qualities, and a detailed explanation of the principles of rheology and spectrometry.

An impressive work that contains Mühlenchemie’s extensive practical knowledge and experience in over 400 pages, provides quick answers, and whose readily comprehensible presentation makes it a genuine standard work – not only for experts.

Authors: Lutz Popper, Werner Schäfer, Walter Freund
Publisher: Agrimedia
Year of publication: 2007
Hardcover edition: 480 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-86037-309-5

Price: 156.00 €

Flour Art Museum

A wordwide Gallery of Flour Sacks

Can you frame flour? Should there be flour sacks in museums? Is flour art?

When Volkmar Wywiol found an empty flour sack washed up on the beach in Dubai in 1998 he little realized what consequences this discovery would have. But now he can answer all these questions with “yes”! For his conviction that flour sacks are part of the world’s cultural heritage has made the collection grow to over 2,900 items from more than 130 countries over the past years. That is largely due to the enthusiasm of Mühlenchemie’s customers and employees around the globe, whose numerous contributions have turned what started as rubbish into an art form with a museum of its own.

The book accompanying the collection is more than just a visually very attractive museum catalogue. Besides the symbolism of the motifs, that goes far beyond the actual purpose of the sacks, it illuminates the significance of flour in its historic, artistic and economic context. As informative as it is entertaining.

Text: Angela Jannelli, Martin Paetsch, Volkmar Wywiol
Publisher: Robert Wenzel Verlag
Editor: Mühlenchemie GmbH & Co. KG
Year of publication: 2011 (3rd edition)
Hardcover edition: 352 pages
Language: English/German
ISBN: 978-3-9807275-6-3

Price: 35.00 €

Hals über Kopf

Thomas Putze

In his first individual exhibition at the Stern-Wywiol Gallery, the artist Thomas Putze from Stuttgart, born in 1968, confronts us with his composite creatures made from wood and the waste products of civilization. What appears burlesque at first glance proves to be a critical discussion of philosophical issues and questions of art theory and emerges as an intelligent and humorous analysis of our society.

In spite of the sober topic, all the works have an air of lightness and freshness and demonstrate the artist’s playful nature and sense of fun. Thomas Putze draws a psychological profile of our society, viewing it in a manner which is both precise and emphatic.

Text: Dr. Kathrin Reeckmann
Publisher: Robert Wenzel Verlag
Editor: Stern-Wywiol Gruppe
Year of publication: 2013
Paperback: 62 pages
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-9807275-8-7

Price: 10.00 €

Denken in Holz

Yves Rasch

“Sculptures of gripping naturalness” (Hamburger Abendblatt), a tribute to life, that seem to unite the basic principles of quietness, growth or movement in a highly suggestive manner. These are the works of the sculptor Yves Rasch, some of which were shown at the opening exhibition of the Stern-Wywiol Gallery. Under the title “Denken in Holz” (Thinking in Wood) the Hamburg-born artist presented his organically flowing objects, some of which are made of polished bronze, but most from wood such as pine, cherry, yew or oak. Apparently weightless beings with a dual form language full of dynamism, impressive for their power of expression and sensuousness.

In the catalogue accompanying the exhibition the art historian Dr. Kathrin Reeckmann explains the relationship between material and shape in Yves Rasch’s sculptures, describes his highly personal approach to his work and conveys the attraction of the objects in numerous illustrations.

Text: Dr. Kathrin Reeckmann
Publisher: Robert Wenzel Verlag
Editor: Stern-Wywiol Gruppe
Year of publication: 2012
Paperback: 54 pages
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-9807275-2-5

Price: 10.00 €

Menschen und Räume

Sibylle Waldhausen

Pelvis inclined, chest thrown forward, a casual demonstration of superiority. The little sculpture “Check!”, only 15 x 10 cm in size, unites the major themes of the sculptor Sibylle Waldhausen from Berlin: the changes and challenges of our globalized and digitized world and the shift of values resulting from it.

In her exhibition “Menschen und Räume” (People and Spaces) at the Stern-Wywiol Gallery the artist showed how she expresses the essence of this complex topic by creating memorable images for abstract notions. She confronts the world of the media with the ancient material bronze and traditional handicraft.

In numerous photographs and interpreting texts the catalogue accompanying the exhibition shows how Sibylle Waldhausen uses the tension innate in this combination to demonstrate the breadth of modern forms of social existence in her extremely reduced sculptures.

Text: Christina Dickel, M.A., Dr. Kathrin Reeckmann
Publisher: Robert Wenzel Verlag
Editor: Stern-Wywiol Gruppe
Year of publication: 2012
Paperback: 60 pages
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-9807275-4-9

Price: 10.00 €

Weder Schwarz noch Weiß

Maike Gräf

Comics, cartoons and street art are among the most innovative forms of expression of our time. They speak a concise and vivid language that Maike Gräf takes up in her objects to present old themes in a new form. In their sometimes grotesque, sometimes childlike exaggeration, the free use of proportions and their expressive body language, her sculptures have archaic traits. The wooden figures dissected into prismatic surfaces and edges are first shaped with a chain saw, hammer and chisel; painting in black and white then gives them their strong resemblance to a drawing.

With numerous illustrations and explanations the catalogue accompanying the exhibition shows in the context of art history how the motifs of corporeality and animal instinct presented at the Stern-Wywiol Gallery give new expression to a familiar theme.

Text: Christina Dickel, M.A.,
Dr. Kathrin Reeckmann,
Dr. Marc Weilmann
Publisher: Robert Wenzel Verlag
Editor: Stern-Wywiol Gruppe
Year of publication: 2013
Paperback: 52 pages
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-9807275-7-0

Price: 10.00 €

Creativity Wins

Creativity Wins

25 Jahre Stern-Wywiol Gruppe

“To me, entrepreneurship is primarily a creative challenge” (Volkmar Wywiol). In his chronicle to mark the 25th anniversary of his enterprise, the owner of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe tells the fascinating story of his now worldwide Ingredients business, with all its ups and downs. And a review of the past shows that the curiosity to discover what is new and a passion for people runs through the corporate culture like a golden thread.

On 320 richly illustrated pages, the chronicle tells of the events, emotions and experiences that accompanied this creative thinker on his road to success. It gives an insight into “whatever holds the world together in its inmost folds”, and what makes the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe so special. A highly personal book and a valuable guide to successful entrepreneurship.

Text: Volkmar Wywiol
Editor: Volkmar Wywiol
Year of publication: 2005
Hardcover edition: 320 pages
Language: German/English

Out of print

Archimikki kann fliegen

Entdeckungen im Sachsenwald

“Hi, you must be Archimikki!” the crow called out into the morning gossip circle. And in a loud, deep voice he announced, “I am Ramsöö, the King of the Crows. Are you the boy who knows how animals feel and understands their language?” These words are the beginning of an unusual friendship that leads the two heroes into exciting adventures that are both funny and instructive. With imagination and understanding for childish thought, Volkmar Wywiol tells in his stories of justice, helpfulness and tolerance, with mutual respect between humans, animals and nature as their central theme. And of course there must be no lack of little pranks and big secrets.

A wonderful book for reading to pre-school-age children, that stirs a love of adventure and warms the hearts of picture book enthusiasts both young and old with its attractive illustrations.

Text: Volkmar Wywiol
Publisher: Robert Wenzel Verlag
Year of publication: 2000
Hardcover edition: 51 pages
Languages: German, Spanish
ISBN: 3-9807275-0-5

Price: 14,32 €