A small but detailed set of sketches from German Nobel Prize winner Gunter Grass is on display in the foyer of the National Library in Santiago. The works are lithographic stencils, which have an anatomically charged style mixed with surrealism.
Grass is known more for his writings than for his artistic endeavors, after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. He was originally educated in the arts scene in Dusseldorf and Berlin and made his living as a sculptor, artist and writer in Paris in the mid-'50s.
His first international breakthrough in writing was in 1959 with The Tin Drum, later filmed by Schlondorff, which was a satirical work about German society in the first half of the 20th century. This work was followed by Cat and Mouse and Dog Years, which together formed his Danzig Trilogy. Grass wrote a series of political speeches and essays, advocating a libertarian Germany, free from totalitarianism and fanatical ideologies.
A political activist throughout the '60s, Grass prepared election campaigns for the Social Democrat party. His work, Ein Weites Feld, set in the German Democratic Republic in the years of the collapse of communism and fall of the Berlin wall, stirred much controversy and public debate.
The National Library, in association with the German Goethe Institute, is showcasing his works throughout October.