Saturday, September 18, 2021

Maximilian Wiedemann: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with artist Maximilian Wiedemann


The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?

The only pain is champagne.


“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

The better you look, the more you see.


Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2014?

Who is Kerry Katona?


Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

Having tea in my mother’s garden in Watlington, Oxfrsdhire


What might you swap all your wealth for?

A collaborative series with Andy Warhol or a day with Richard Prince.


Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank”. What’s your view on the banking crisis?

Too pig to fail.


What phrase or word do you most loathe?

The word “no”.


In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

Red Cross Art auctions and Art Walk New York. I work with the Billionaires Row Art Society. We organise art events in New York that benefit various charities.


The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

Don’t answer any stranger’s phone call.


Maximilian Wiedemann
Maximilian Wiedemann

If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

Katherine Wiedemann (former Schade, my gallerist and wonderful wife. Also I would like to invite Jefferson, Jackson, Grant and Lincoln. I made really nice portraits of them. `They owe me a few favours.


If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

At Chèvre D’or in Eze. I’d eat Bolognese.


What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

It’s never too early, it’s never too late.


A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

A cuppa.


Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

Timo Weber’s – he s a good mate of mine.


Who is the most positive person you know?

My wife.


What’s your most guilty pleasure?

Timo’s parties.


If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

A champagne glass and a paintbrush crossed.


If you were a car, what marque would you be?

A blacked out Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen.


Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

I live in Miami now and have become an American citizen.


What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

Awards and family portraits.


Maximilian Wiedemann is a Miami based artist.


Follow him on Twitter @maxibillions and on Instagram at #maximilianwiedemann.



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