Monday, 19 December 2016

ART for The World's Season's Greetings

For its 2017 wishes ART for The World has chosen the artwork Part Two/The expectation of the Greek artist Maria Tsagkari, produced by Pauline Simmons, founder of ΗΥΑΜ* and  presented  in the summer 2016 on the island of Hydra in Greece.

A monument for a young hero who was dedicated to the unattainable, an anarchic, asymmetrically structured ‘blue garden,’ comprised of 320 plants found in Hydra’s landscape, becoming a monument dedicated to the marginal, the self-grown, the allure of the lie, the hopes that are never confuted due to their very nature as fantasies that never touch the limits of reality.(..) (..)The main reference is the novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen, by the German philosopher and poet Novalis (1772-1801), which is about the myth of a young boy. Heinrich is a medieval troubadour who leaves everything behind and goes in pursuit of a small blue flower -which had haunted his dreams- and which mythically embodies the values of the ideal life and pure poetry. (..) Maria Tsagkari

*ΗΥΑΜ is a Paris based Art Association for the realization of an artistic purpose through different events in Paris and in Hydra. More specifically, every two years a prize award, with artists from a different Mediterranean country takes place in Paris in collaboration with the Foundation Jean – Luc Lagardère. The final event is to support the prize – winner to proceed with an in situ installation on the island of Hydra. In 2014 the winner was Maria Tsangari.

Friday, 16 December 2016

AQUA - Upcoming Exhibition

Contemporary Artists and Water Issues
Ile Rousseau, and Château de Penthes, Geneva
Opening on World Water Day, 22 March - 2 July 2017

Omar Ba (Senegal)
Nigol Bezjian (Syria)

Stefano Boccalini (Italy)
Alighiero Boetti (Italy)
Benji Boyadgian (Palestine)
Jonathas De Andrade (Brazil)
Silvie Defraoui (Switzerland)
Michel Favre (Switzerland)
Noritoshi Hirakawa (Japan)
Francesco Jodice (Italy) 

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (Ukraine/USA)
Shin Il Kim (South Korea)
Salomé Lamas (Portugal)
Alexander Kosolapov (Russia)
Marcello Maloberti (Italy)
Andrea Marescalchi (Italy)
Carlos Montani (Argentine)
Marcelo Moscheta (Brazil)
Stéphanie Nava (France)
Luca Pancrazzi (Italy)
Dan Perjovschi (Roumania)
George Pusenkoff (Russia)
Shimabuku (Japan)
Eduardo Srur (Brazil)
Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon)
Maria Tsagkari (Greece)
Velu Viswanadhan (India)
Gal Weinstein (Israel) 
Vasilis Zografos (Greece)

AQUA is a worldwide traveling exhibition on water issues conceived by Adelina von Fürstenberg, Founder and Director of ART for The World. The AQUA project centers on environmental issues related to water, using a selection of works by contemporary artists as a tool for reflecting on the role that this vital resource plays in our lives. Water is an essential part of all natural ecosystems and lies at the origin of every known form of life, including our own. Moreover, it is crucial to agriculture and industry. Since the dawn of history, humanity has recognized water’s consummate importance, identifying it as one of the building blocks of the universe, endowed with a profound symbolic and spiritual value. Composed of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, photographs and performances of numerous internationally renowned artists. AQUA's aim is to bring public awareness to the issues on the preservation of our environment and sustainability, in particular to issues linked to water and the impact of human activity on the equilibrium of our ecosystems.