Applaudissement – An Art Magazine

Bernhard Rusch a/k/a Elwood started an art magazine with friends a few decades ago and then, like many busy people, put the idea away as he focused on work and family.

Lucky for us, Bernhard Rusch, a Dadaist, decided to resurrect his shelved publication.  Since, I’ve known Bernhard, he has printed two issues and I have a few issues to share from the last run. (If you want one, please email As Bernhard prepares for the next issue, I thought I would share some photographs of the magazine issues I have at the office.

This is the first publication is dated 1988.

This issue is not for sale. It is a limited edition from 1988. That purchase prices is for the 2015 issue that I still have in my office (If you want one.)


A page from inside the first issue.  The issue is photocopies stapled together. Obviously an artist on a tight budget. On these pages, we have words by Joachim Lischka and artwork by Elwood.

Issue 11?  There is no date on this issue because artists don’t care if art historians know when things happen. The magazine has a printed cover and is printed before 1993 (which is the date on #16.)

On the inside of issue #11 is an interesting art piece by Gerd Matschke.   This collage took lots of effort and is a style that is really popular right now.  Gerd was ahead of his time or are we behind the times?  

In issue #16, Bernhard went all out and dated all the artwork so I know it was printed around 1993.  IMG_2842IMG_2843

Now we zoom to 2015. In the 2015 version, Bernhard Rusch increased the size of the magazine and the number of artists. We are lucky that in the 2015 version he included quite a few Munich Artists including the cover image by Bobbie Dunn – Komarek and Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow.

Inside the 2015 issue is artwork by Lynn Hardaker and Hazel Ang with writing by Steve Toase, Ines Seidel, Joachim Lishka, Emmy Horstkamp & more (Ask to see the issue at Frauenstrasse 18).

Lynn Hardaker, Hazel Ang, Steve Toase


Ines Seidel
Joachim Lischka & Emmy Horstkamp

Except for the first issue, Bernhard has shared images of artwork on the back of the issues.  On the latest issue is a ink artwork by Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow.

Back Covers of Applaudissement


Bernhard sent me some facts about the applaudissement magazine that I didn’t have and thought would be good for you to know:

Number 11 was from 1990 & number 16th was from 1997 ( a bit later than the artwork).

The first sequence with 14 numbers lasted from 1988 until 1991. A kind of supplement was Number 15 (only two pages) in 1992.  Number 16 was the attempt to start again (with my Parisian experiences). In 1997, my wife published a small handmade book of poems by me and drawings by her.  Gerd Matschke and Joachim Lischka had an applaudissement-performance at our wedding-party and then it was over or it seemed to be forever.

If you are interested in seeing the artwork by the artists named above, please join us on Saturday at the Applaudissement party/exhibition located at Arthaus-Neuhausen Nibelungenstr. 3 (Neuhausen) Munich, Germany.  The party starts at 1900.

Here is a full list of the artists showing their artwork:

Joachim Lischka
Peter Kohout
Max Ackermann
Stefan Schlotterbeck
Heike Wiebke
Gerd Matschke
Jürgen Bauer,
Peter Adacker,
Justin Koller,
Susanne Nawroth,
Iliana Beshkova,
Niko Vartiainen,
Knut van Bris,
Elzemieke de Tiége,
Hubertus Breuer,
Wencke Rowek,
Stan lafleur,
Stefan Maier,
Josef Maria Hader,
Bärbel Wolfmeier,
Christian Engelken,
Maud Gravereaux,
Knut van Brijs,
Tina Schlegel


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