Press Portfolio Milano 2018

Dancing dog by Raja Schwahn-Reichmann

Once upon a time, there was a creature that appeared at feasts and made people wild – “Der Tanzlaubenhund” or ”Dancing dog,” as we call him. Sometimes he would remain hidden, but at other times he lets himself be seen…

“Normally, he lies under a bench and watches people, but sometimes he appears dancing on his hind legs. He can drive you mad, or make you passionate and wild with his evil eye… And so a peaceful feast can turn into a cruel fight or a destructive orgy,“ says Raja Schwahn-Reichmann about this malicious figure from Swiss fairy tales.

He is described as a dog who is as tall as a man, with only one eye as big as a plate shining upon his forehead. In his tangible form, he reminds us of another scary creature from our world – the Tasmanian Devil.

The figure of the dog is black. It is made of painted wood, but it´s his “magical” eye that draws one’s attention – the big glass eye stares deep inside you. Under his feet are scattered pieces of colorful glass of mysterious origin.

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Credits: Unless otherwise stated Photo: Raja Schwahn-Reichmann
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Dancing dog for Lasvit: original painting and rendering


Omnia Vincit Amor, Milan Design Week 2016

Life Ball 2014, paintings with costumes

Paintings on wall and plywood

Sculptural works for an indoor pool in the Swiss alps