Cosmic Picture Frenzy
Psychedelic art by teenage drug patients in 1970s West Germany
From the book Rausch im Bild - Bilderrausch



G.M., 1973




G.M., 1973




G.M., undated




Marcia Blaessle, Eiweissmolekule, undated




Marcia Blaessle, Die Schlange, welche sich nicht hauten kann, geht zugrunde, 1980




H.St., undated




H.St., undated




B.H, undated




B.H, undated




Marcia Blaessle, 1972




Marcia Blaessle, 1972




K. We., undated




R.V., 1974




M. St., The hyper Radsha of the cosmic milky ocean, undated




K. Wi., undated


Update, 2/6/11: A commenter translated the publisher's description:

West German youth culture of the 70s was about political messages, but also about colors that popped, psychedelic images (i.e., on the covers of LPs, or on bedroom walls and for the vast majority - for the first time - the spread of drugs).

The Prinzhorn medical archives of Heidelberg has catalogued the collection and exhibits the illustrations from the drug patients of Hamburg's Hanswilhelm Beil. The images were collected between 1960 and 1980. Psychedelic forms and colors were par for the course during this time, and they were also utilized by these young drug users. The young patients, who left their works behind at the hospital, were not professional artists. Rather, they were kids looking to display their state of consciousness, or the unraveling of their personalities, through art - and to work on their global sense of perception. The book contains 74 illustrations and descriptions of drugs and culture in the 70s, as well as reports from the former patients.


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