Friday, October 31, 2014

Bulgaria Today

Twenty years ago I visited Bulgaria for the first time. I regularly show pictures on this blog for more than nine years. Today Bulgaria looks like this. Enjoy watching. Dolf Pauw 
LINK first impression 2006 (on this Blog)

The Other Side

@ Noorderlicht 

With: Vincent Mentzel | Bertien van Manen | Bert Verhoeff | Hans van der Meer | Piet den Blanken | Sabine Joosten | Ad van Denderen | Hans van den Bogaard | Bert Spiertz | Ton Broekhuis | Leo Erken | Ad Nuis

On the 9th of November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell down, a dramatic symbol of the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe into two blocks for nearly forty years. Now, twenty-five years later, twelve Dutch photographers look back on the work they made in Central and Eastern Europe between 1979 and 1989. In his famous Fulton speech of 1946, Winston Churchill introduced the notion of the Iron Curtain as an imaginary borderline between the Communist Eastern Bloc and the Capitalist West: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the continent.”  After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Communist system in Europe quickly came to an end; and the differences between both worlds gradually blurred. The Other Side, now twenty-five years on, brings together twelve prominent Dutch photographers, all of whom documented the period prior to and during various revolutions in the former Eastern Bloc countries… 
(via Vincent Mentzel)  LINK Noorderlicht

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

German (Bulgarian Герман)

Visiting Paneto

German (Bulgarian: Герман) is a village in central western Bulgaria, part of the Capital Municipality of Sofia City Province, and is regarded as a suburban neighbourhood of Sofia. It lies at the foot of the Lozen Mountains, at 42°37′N 23°25′E, 639 metres above sea level. As of 2007, it has a population of 2,197 and the mayor is Todor Vukov. German is the site of the German Monastery of Saint John of Rila, allegedly founded in the 10th century and then abandoned and reconstructed several times. It features a church from 1885 with frescoes from 1886 by Samokov masters. Since 1928, it is property of the Bulgarian Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos. The name of the town comes from "German" of Slavic mythology or Patriarch Germanus I of Constantinople, not the country or people of Germany. 
LINK map German  LINK Paneto

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Post Bulgaria: Sofia


Sofia (Bulgarian: София), is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. Sofia is located at the foot of Mount Vitosha in the western part of the country. It occupies a strategic position at the centre of the Balkan Peninsula. Sofia's history spans 2,400 years. Its ancient name Serdica derives from the local Celtic tribe of the Serdi who established the town in the 5th century BC. It remained a relatively small settlement until 1879, when it was declared the capital of Bulgaria. LINK Bulgarian travel

Friday, October 24, 2014

Post Bulgaria: Baba

Baba (93), Plovdiv 
Photo dolf pauw

LINK Plovdiv

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Post Bulgaria

The taste of Plovdiv

The independent selection panel responsible for assessing the Bulgarian cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2019 has recommended that Plovdiv should be awarded the title. The other three cities short-listed after the initial selection round in December 2013 were Sofia, Varna and Veliko Turnovo. The formal nomination of Plovdiv by the EU's Council of Ministers is expected to take place in May 2015. LINK Plovdiv

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Post Sofia

Saint Sofia Church (църква „Света София“)

Saint Sofia Church is a venerable red brick building in the center of Sofia, very near the bigger Alexander Nevski church and the small Russian church. If you don't have much time, you can visit the three of them in one afternoon. This church is very old, built on the foundations of older temples, it gave its name to the city in the 14th century. During the Ottoman rule it was converted to a mosque but it was abandoned in the 19th century when two earthquakes destroyed the minaret. Restoration of the church started at the beginning of the 20th century and the church is now magnificent, one of most beautiful example of early Christian architecture. At the side of the church is the monument of the unknown soldier, guarded by a beautiful stone lion, with a flame always burning and wreaths of fresh flowers. It is traditional for newly married couples to have their photo taken there. This ancient church is not a museum but a very busy church where people go all the time to pray, light candles and where there are weddings and funerals taking place. LINK wikipedia

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kapper TETIK versus Topp & Dubio

LINK Topp & Dubio

Louise Nevelson

@ Cardi gallery

Louise Nevelson: 55 - 70 features works created between 1955 and 1970, a period when the artist's signature modernist style emerged, with labyrinthine wooden assemblages and monochrome surfaces, and evolved, as Nevelson incorporated industrial materials such as Plexiglas, aluminum and steel in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition at Cardi Gallery presents more than 25 collages and ten sculptures from private collections around the world, including large-scale monochrome reliefs, freestanding large-scale sculptures, and mixed media collages on paper and board, incorporating newsprint, paint, vinyl, metal, and other found objects. LINK cardigallery LINK louisenevelsonfoundation

Levee Dwellers

Photo: Dolf Pauw

Members of the band: Jeroen Heeselaars, Daniëlla Eerhart, 
Ed Weeda, Stevan Soares en Onno Roëll. LINK

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Candy Warhol (Peter Anton)

@ Gallery Delaive 

Special Assortment Round 1, 2014

Peter Anton (1963, New Haven, Connecticut) is an American artist and sculptor. His primary subject matter is food with an emphasis on chocolates and other sweets. Often referred to as "Candy Warhol," Anton creates giant realistic sculptures and is best known for his "bigger than life" boxed chocolates. At times Anton's studio can resemble a sweet shop since it is filled with dozens of real treats which he uses as models. His beginning process is to eat, smell, feel, study and dissect a new food over and over again in order to hyper-familiarize himself with the new subject. He then begins the long and tedious process of sculpting, carving, sanding, painting, and construction of his mixed media works. LINK delaive

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

René Koenegras, Theater as a tool

René Koenegras heeft zijn opleiding gevolgd bij het Rotterdams centrum voor Theater en heeft daar jarenlang gewerkt. Hij werkt nu al 20 jaar in het VO en PO onderwijs als dramadocent/sociale vaardigheidstrainer. De leerlingen zijn veelal jongeren met problemen en/of leermoeilijkheden uit verschillende culturen in de leeftijd van 10 tot 18 jaar. De manier van lesgeven wijkt af van reguliere methodieken. René werkt vanuit de belevingswereld van de jongeren en zet theater als middel in. Daarnaast zet hij zichzelf in als acteur bij rollenspellen om de leerlingen sociale vaardigheden aan te leren. Ook voor de aanpak van emotionele problematiek blijkt theater als middel bijzonder geschikt. 

René Koenegras was educated at the Rotterdam center for theater and has worked there for years. He has been working for 20 years in secondary education as a drama teacher and PO / social skills trainer. The students are mostly young people with problems and / or learning disabilities from different cultures, ages 10 to 18 years. The way of teaching is different from regular methods. René works from the experiences of the young people and uses theater as a tool in. He puts himself as an actor with role plays to learn. Pupils social skills Also addressing emotional problems show theater as a tool particularly suitable. LINK René Koenegras (Site in Dutch)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Market Garden

@ wintertuin Nijmegen

In commemoration of Operation Market Garden, which 70 years ago was executed, found on Sunday September 21 all kind of programs in place and locations on the Waal. On a specially designed square named 'Revue' (under the new bridge crossing and beside De Vasim) Wintertuin presents three programs that deal with the themes of war and liberation. Writer and journalist Marcel Rözer give a lecture on his book "Like father", his father was wrong during the war. 
Lisa Weeda, Creative Writing student at ArtEZ, shows 'Border Country' on the border life of her grandmother. Finally, three poets respond in their own unique way on the theme; namely Nyk de Vries, Jelko Arts and Else Kemps. LINK wintertuin LINK Nijmegen

Friday, September 19, 2014

Willem Besselink

In my work I try to avoid any decisions directed by my impulses or emotional preferences. Instead, for each work I try to define a set of procedural rules to derive form from. Natural laws and man-made rules, the regularities of the world and the exceptions to them: that’s what fascinates me. Using these rules I may observe all that: my own impulses, those of other people, or other given incidentals. This process actually shapes the final work. It may take any shape: different media, both two- and three-dimensional, both analog and digital. Any work is no longer a representation of the process, but a presence by its own right… LINK Willem Besselink LINK Frank Taal

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Berlin Art Week

This coming Tuesday, 16 September, Berlin Art Week kicks off 
with an opening celebration  starting at 7pm at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg in Berlin-Tiergarten. Together with the opening of the exhibition Schwindel der Wirklichkeit / Vertigo of Reality we will be celebrating the start of Berlin Art Week 2014 with an exciting evening programme with open-air concerts of the bands HUNGER, BAR, and DENA, actions in the Metabolic Office for the Repair of Reality, and performances by the artists Christian Falsnaes, Tino Sehgal, and Richard Kriesche. From 16 to 21 September, Berlin Art Week, a joint effort of the two art fairs abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin along with the renowned institutions Akademie der Künste, Berlinische Galerie, C/O Berlin, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Haus am Waldsee, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, me collectors Room, Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), and neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), will once again thrill an audience of Berliners and art experts from around the world with an comprehensive programme 
rich in variety. LINK Berlin Art Week

Saturday, September 13, 2014

FIDEM @ Национален археологически музе

Sofia Bulgaria

FIDEM is the international organization of art medal with members from 43 countries worldwide. Members of FIDEM are sculptures, medal collectors, historians and connoisseurs of art and museums, art galleries, private companies and national organizations. FIDEM has been promoting medal art worldwide for over 70 years, through the organization of conferences, exhibitions, art competitions, and by publishing the magazine Médailles after each Congress.   
Organization Committee Chairman of the Organization Committee of the International Art Medal Federation is Prof. Bogomil Nikolov, a professor in the Department of Metal at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. He has won prestigious awards for medal art, and his works are featured in galleries, museums and private collections worldwide, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and many other. Prof. Bogomil Nikolov is founder of the studio medal sculpture at the National Academy of Art. 
The National Archaeological Institute and Museum at BAS will open a unique exhibition of 785 medals, specially made for this international biennial of artists representing 30 countries from around the world. The official opening of the exhibition FIDEM will be held on September 3 at 18:00 and will be open to visitors until September 27. LINK @ Facebook

Saturday, September 06, 2014

DYesterday @ 5 x 52 x 10

Kees Koomen's blog ten years