The starting point for DAS WEISSE RAUSCHEN project from the artist TOM VAU are snapshots of a wide variety of feature films, paintings, photographs of mountain scenes and snow sport representations mostly of the 20s and 30s of the last century that have been made in the Alps. The two world wars shocked the continent of Europe in the first half of the last century. In between lie stories, film and visual materials from the early days of skiing in the Alps. Prime examples of such films are „Ski Heil“ or „Der Weisse Rausch“, with Leni Riefenstahl, who subsequently cooperated with the Nazis, and Hannes Schneider, who fled from them, in the leading roles.
From what point on become athletes, artists, actors and other professionals co- perpetrators through their actions and how connect personal success and coll- ective social influences to each other? This temporal interplay of conflicts and alpine snow sports‘ development was the fuel for Tom Vau‘s art project DAS WEISSE RAUSCHEN .
All in all more than 100 artworks, mainly painted and drawn in illustration form were created. To symbolically transfer our history into the present in order to change it, to question and to reposition is a key feature of this project .
Small to large-sized artworks are part of the collection. The backbone of the pro- ject are works in black color on a light background. Available are also silk screen prints of the original serie and some further editions in real Gold leaf on black bords.