Bastokalypse reproduces the black-and-white canvases of M.S. Bastian and Isabelle L.’s monumental sequence on the apocalypse.
1st edition, 2010
Text English, French, and German
64 parts (128 pages), 25 b/w illustrations
21 x 26 cm
This one-of-a-kind volume represents the culmination of a decade-long collaboration between two Swiss graphic artists, M. S. Bastian (*1963) and Isabelle L. (*1967). Bastokalypse reproduces the thirty-two large black-and-white canvases of their monumental graphic sequence of the same name; together the panels tell a story of apocalypse and the end of the world that amalgamates images inspired by a wide range of eras and art examples, including medieval Tuscan mosaics, Renaissance panels, baroque engravings, and nineteenth-century Japanese prints, as well as contemporary photographs, film stills, and graphic novels. The resulting work is alternately terrifying and amusing, reflecting the horrors and surprises of the world as they reach us day by day through the media.
The thirty-two parts of this 168-foot long painting are gathered in an oversized sixty-four-plate concertina folder, with an essay on the verso by art critic and publicist Konrad Tobler in which he reflects on apocalyptic motifs from the history of art and literature. The result is as much an art object as it is a book, as unusual and thrilling in its own way as the images it contains.