Monika Ernst «Lion fairy tale I + II»

Wood printing, reading and guided tour

The artist Monika Ernst reads her exciting fairy tales about the Lucerne Lion Monument for children from 6 years of age. The fairy tales are provided with enchanting illustrations and are given to the children as souvenirs. Deborah Luder will then give a short tour of the exhibition at the Kunsthalle Lucerne, where everything revolves around the lion...

Lions fairy tale I + II

Fairy tales, fables and parables about and with lions for people of all ages exist a thousand times over and at all times worldwide. The designer Monika Ernst uses the tradition of this popular, legendary protagonist: she explores the area around the Lion Monument and finds ways to interpret the monument as a fairy tale. In her stories, the monument as well as objects, objects and nature formations in its vicinity appear in an unusual narrative and visual context.
Ernst implements her new tales in a limited edition of 20 pieces with the old craft of woodcut as one-sided large-format illustrated sheets, thus recalling single-sheet prints and leaflets as they have been in use since the 15th century. In contrast to the old craft, the typography was engraved on wood with a laser cutter and then printed over the woodcut. In order to give the children a souvenir to take home during the guided tours (take memories home), she has also produced a limited edition of 100 pieces with the risograph / with the riso-printing method.

The fairy tales as original wooden prints are for sale

The wood prints in a limited edition of 20 pieces in each reading are available during the exhibition in the opening hours. Pre-reservations by mail to

Title: Lion fairy tale I, Format 32 x 46 cm, Material: Paper, 120g, Technic: Wood print, Year: 2020, Price: Originalprint at CHF 280.00

Title: Lion fairy tale II, Format 32 x 46 cm, Material: Paper, 120g, Technic: Wood print, Year: 2020, Price: Originalprint at CHF 280.00

The artist

Monika Ernst, born 1996 in Hartberg (Austria), studies graphic design at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. She is currently an exchange student in the Illustration Fiction course in Lucerne. Monika Ernst is also involved in the research project “Visual Narrative” at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, where she is working on visual triggers in augmented reality applications. In her projects, storytelling is central, which she realises with very different media. Her works are realised in exhibitions, children’s books, advertising, murals and paintings. For the group exhibition “Alphabet of Life” in the Werkraum Bregenzerwald, for example, she has attempted to explain phenomena of nature through painting, and for the “NaturLese-Museum” Neumarkt (AT) she has created an interactive installation on the subject of bees. Monika Ernst works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer.