Dr. Jutta Moster-Hoos
3rd wife, 1960 – 1968
…in October (1960) I was 21.
And I said to my mother, “I’m going to marry Janssen.”
That was, of course, a shock.
To start with.
But then I said,
“Listen, you don’t need to make a fuss if you don’t want to.
I’ll do it anyway.
I’m 21. That’s my plan, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Maybe, Paper Fuck なんだよ俺は。それだけ。
But Janssen tells me I am a “great paper fuck” so Maybe
I am a “great paper fuck”. That is all.
First Mayor of Hamburg, 1988 – 1997
Then I visited him in Blankenese
– in this atelier-living-freezing-den-o’-thieves…
It was very late at night, and lasted until 4 the next morning.
(Janssen sat at) … a huge work table with ashtray, cigarette,
coffee cup with ashes put into it, soap cleanser as artistic material,
a mountain of paper and – fireworks.
And I always thought, for God’s sake,
the man is drunk, he’s smoking,
there are fireworks, and maybe 500 of his works.
If he torches everything here at night,
then he’ll immediately do the same to the whole house –
and himself with it. Good heavens.
Isabella von Bethmann-Hollweg
Classmate art school „Lerchenfeld“
One day he said, we’re now going to make a film.
It turned out that it wasn’t so easy,
because we had no cameras and no equipment…
Then he said, well, we’ll then just perform a theater production.
A note was again attached at the bottom of the stairs that read:
Theatrical performance in the Mahlau class.
Title of the performance: The Birth of Art
Publisher „Connaissance des Arts“, Tokyo
But Janssen has treated Katsushika Hokusai as his own father,
with love and respect, and study him very well.
Hokusai lived a lot longer than Janssen
but I think he was a very energetic and very pure person.
Gallery owner and publisher „Saint Gertrude“
I think there are possibly 3,000 drawings.
Perhaps 10,000 etchings-
or graphics as a whole, with woodcuts and lithographs.
And there are books.
Thus, “St. Gertrude,” we have made about 200 books.
But then there are perhaps at least 300 or 350 different titles,
or something like that.
It is certainly a comprehensive, remarkable work.
… still in Scandinavia.
Japan. Of course, the Japanese love Janssen.
The French value him highly.
The country where he is underrepresented is America.
And that will be my job, to continue this legacy, my father’s legacy,
to secure Janssen his place in America as well.