Yet he has unlimited wit, as his caricatures and cartoons show, which are above all cartographies of his own state of mind: An exhibition of Peter von Tresckow’s work is more introspection than exposition. But in the individuality of his world view, a generality is revealed that would be inadequately described if one said he was ahead of his time. Rather, Peter’s draughtsmanship has always been in the chase lane rather than the fast lane, because he is not at all tempted to set himself apart: The strong is weakest alone, strength comes from togetherness. In Tresckow’s work, therefore, themes and theses are presented whose social relevance is constantly proving itself anew – and each time more urgently, but without the conclusions being drawn from them that Peter has so far thought out.
This does not speak against him, but against us, who want to see only inklings in his admonitions and impositions in his encouragements. Peter was an ecologist and moralist when that was economically and politically derided, but he persisted in his reflections and convictions, and thus this veteran of communicative art has become more youthful today than the two or three generations of creatives after him. And I am inclined to say that he is younger in his thinking than youth itself. In fact, not ahead of his time, but once again catching up with it. Not a driven man, but a go-getter. And an unyielding one. And at the same time generous – in his art. The sea around this virtual exhibition will not dry up any more than his creativity.
Andreas Platthaus, chief literary editor of the F.A.Z.