Man’s Holy Grail is Woman: Paintings, Drawings and Texts by Dieter Duhm

Man’s Holy Grail is Woman: Paintings, Drawings and Texts by Dieter Duhm


by Madjana Geusen (Ed.)

This book deals with the emergence of a new concept in art. In it we see a spectrum of the artistic work by Dieter Duhm. It is the documentation of “working” with the topics of Creation, art and sensual love. The unity of these topics is not immediately defined, for what is here seeking to be integrated into life comes from a realm of perception where definitions cease to operate. And yet it wants to be brought into consciousness: art as a special kind of activity, which reconnects the human being with Creation, with the forces of the “Great Atelier“. This activity is described in various texts by Dieter Duhm, for example as not doing, the principle of WU-WEI, for the forces of Creation also operate without our doing.

Translated from the German by Sten Linnander


There is the world that we create, and there is the world that has created us. These two worlds must come together. That is the goal of the journey.

–Dieter Duhm

What does art mean today, after all the different developments of the 20th century? What meaning does it have in the world and for our lives? Is there an architect who has created me?
Who is thinking, when I am thinking?
Who is painting, when I am painting?
Were we ever in awe about the miracle of our own existence? Or about the miracle that occurs when a blade of grass grows through a layer of concrete?

Since the beginning of the industrial-technical world, art and philosophy have been driven into oblivion and have been replaced by international multinational corporations, weapons arsenals, space programs, mass media and advertising. Now, we find ourselves at the beginning of something new. Slowly but surely we are moving toward new patterns of life.

Art as the design of a life that is being dreamed, as a new state of being among people, as a medium of liberation, celebration and gratitude. A special kind of humor and joy of life arises when a group of people makes art together. We keep experiencing this during the art courses that Dieter Duhm has facilitated since 1984. When “IT” occurs, then this is a very special healing experience for all those involved. What is happening there, and why does it occur?

The context for the work that is documented here is always the project for which Dieter Duhm has been working as an initiator and researcher since 1978: developing and creating “healing biotopes”, i.e. concrete model communities that are based on a peace-engendering way for humans, humans and animals, humans and nature, men and women, and adults and children to live together.

At heart, the history of the project is the history of the creation of a community, which began in 1978 and keeps continuing. We have researched art as a design principle during numerous intensive courses, spiritual exercises and other adventures. Art became an essential element of the creation of community. “No community without art” was a realization that emerged out of the “Great Autumn of Art” in the garden in Schwand in the Black Forest in 1986.

May this book be a catalyst for the establishment of further “TAMERA ARTS”, the provisional name for this new idea of art.

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Gewicht 1.15 kg
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Madjana Geusen, born 1959 in Bonn. She writes: “In 1979, when I was 20 years old, in my search for meaning, I came across “Die Bauhütte” in Leuterstal, the first station of the project that Dieter Duhm had founded in 1978. I was thrilled and excited when I first stepped onto the ground of this future workshop. “The revolutionary of our time is the discoverer of the living” was one of the theses of the Bauhütte. It felt like a great dream – that I had finally landed there. Since 1982 I have been connected with the “Experiment for a Humane Earth”, which led to the founding of Tamera Healing Biotope 1 in Portugal in 1995. Since 1999 I have been working there as a permanent staff member.

Art is my “DO”, my path of strength, although I am not primarily a painter, but a performing artist and gallery owner. I feel connected to the idea of art as the creation from a world that is not subject to identification. There is a secret in it: a completely different way of looking at life. For example, in the medium of art we can open channels to layers and themes of life that otherwise remain unconscious and bite us in the soul from behind. This can happen with ease and joy of life if we work on new perspectives of life artistically at the same time. This is what our workshops and art courses are for.”