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Our AKN Editor Visits The Unique Buchheim Museum In Germany ~ A Treasure Of Diversity

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 06:27 PM PST

artwork: The Buchheim Museum in Bernried, Germany also called

The Buchheim Museum in Germany is located north of Bernried in Höhenried Park, directly on the banks of Lake Starnberg. The path from the visitors' parking area to the museum is lined with old trees, charming ponds, pagodas, as well as works fashioned out of wood and metal. For the collections of Lothar-Günther Buchheim – painter, photographer, publisher, author of art books and novels – architect Günter Behnisch has designed an open and multi-segmental structure that reflects the museum's extraordinary diversity. The legendary core of the collection, works of expressionism predominantly by the artists' group "Brücke" (1905–1913), are shown in spacious halls. The more intimate rooms of the "towers" are reserved for the collections of folk art and ethnological artistry, as well as for Buchheim's own work. A unique architectural feature is the deck that is suspended twelve-meters high over the lake, providing museum visitors with a view of the town of Starnberg and the Alps. For nearly 40 years, Buchheim has pursued a museum concept that reverses conventional divisions – a painting gallery, a graphic arts gallery, a European crafts collection and a museum for ethnological art – and seeks to mix and connect the individual, yet richly interrelated collection areas: a pan-cultural encounter and an exciting dialogue between the art of the Expressionists and their inspirational sources from Africa and the South Seas. Buchheim's collection, which was essentially compiled in the 1950's, encompasses an extraordinarily wide spectrum of outstanding expressionist art. At the heart of the collection are paintings, watercolors, drawings, woodcuts, etchings and lithographs by artists of the group "Brücke", which included the artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, as well as Max Pechstein, Emil Nolde and Otto Mueller, who joined the group briefly. After an initial late-impressionistic approach, the artists developed an expressive visual language, which is characterized by simplified, daring forms, monumentality and vivid colors, and was inspired by African and South Sea art, as well as by the works of Gauguin, van Gogh, Munch, the "Fauves" and early woodcuts. Since the worldwide exhibition tour in the early 1980's, the Buchheim collection of Expressionist art has enjoyed international recognition. The holdings found in the Buchheim collection not only provide an impressive overview of "Brücke" art, which marks the beginning of modern art in Germany. Groups of works by Lovis Corinth, Max Beckmann and Oskar Kokoschka complement the "Brücke" art, as do works from the ensuing so-called second Expressionist generation. Water-colors and graphic arts by Otto Dix form a bridge to Veristic art. Interrelatedness and characteristic differences between the individual artists are highlighted, as is the link between drawings, woodcuts and paintings. Visit website:_ www.buchheimmuseum.de/


artwork: Hector Trotin - "Cirque des Nations",1950's - Oil on wood - © Buchheim Museum

Full appreciation for Buchheim's "museum of art and curiosities" is best achieved through understanding Lothar-Günther Buchheim himself, since Buchheim – already as a young boy a gifted painter – is a visual person. What he visually perceives not only becomes subject matter for his paintings and photographs, but also for his novels. Observing provides him with the opportunity to experience and understand the world. With each new piece that finds its way into his collection, he conquers new territory. Buchheim does not collect, he discovers. He is not dependent on the need to classify art as "valuable" or "worthless", or to categorize it as "high" or "inferior". Nor does he restrict himself to specializing in only one or a few areas. Buchheim is open to the richness of life. And never ceases to be amazed by the variety of natural forms and unbounded inventiveness of mankind. A single visit to the museum reveals only a fraction of what it really has to offer. The holdings are so diverse and extensive, that the museum can continually exhibit new works from the areas of Expressionism, classic French modern art (Picasso, Braque, Léger, Chagall), "outsider art", as well as works of folk and ethnological art. Along with shows of works on paper in the Expressionist galleries, which rotate several times a year, there are wide-ranging special exhibitions, as well as first-rate gallery presentations. The kaleidoscope of folk art and ethnological artistry includes glass paintings, carousel animal figures, fêtes foraines, hundreds of glass paperweights; furniture, ceramics, textiles, glass and jewelry from Asia, South America and Europe; masks, sculptures and other cult objects from Africa and the South Seas; a vast amount of popular printed works and much, much more ...Along with Buchheim's "Circus Buffi" and Diethild Buchheim's "Ditti's menagerie of leaf pictures", there is "outsider art" with works by self-taught artists, such as the virtuoso wood sculptor Hans Schmitt, the folk artist Max Raffler, the ventriloquist Muskat and the Parisian naive artist Hector Trotin. Although it is difficult to find a common thread running through Buchheim's unique, all-embracing collection cosmos, his enthusiasm for direct, strongly expressive, vividly colorful and intricately crafted works suggests a possible path through this creative "chaos". That we also are circus aficionados the Lothar-Günther Buchheim has a current exhibition dedicated to the circus, of course by itself, because Buchheim has all this not only gathered. As a boy he produced linocuts with circus motifs, he also drew on the Circus grounds. And almost always when he visited Circus performances, he photographed. A selection of these beautiful photos, is now the first time to see .. on view through 3 April, 2011.



ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Editor has been invited to visit Museums and cultural sites in mainland China, Korea, Vietnam. Myanmar, Thailand (Siam), Singapore, Bali and mainland Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and now Germany. Because of the Editor's travel we will be posting many interesting articles from our archives, some of the BEST Articles and Art Images that appeared in your magazine during the past six plus (6+) years . . Enjoy.




Philip Pearlstein retrospective at The Montclair Art Museum

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:59 PM PST

artwork: Philip Pearlstein - Nude in Hammock  - color etching and aquatint,  36 x 48 in. - at The Montclair Art Museum's exhibition includes paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints that cover Pearlstein's art from 1940 through 2008. 

Montclair, NJ - This exhibition, featuring 40 works by artist Philip Pearlstein, is the first retrospective in 25 years, since his 1983 survey at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Montclair Art Museum's exhibition includes paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints that cover Pearlstein's art from 1940 through 2008. On exhibition through February 1, 2009.

Moderna Museet presents Selections From Its Collection

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:56 PM PST

artwork: Salvador Dalí - The Enigma of Wilhelm Tell, 1933 - © Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/BUS, Stockholm 2008, Moderna Museet

Stockholm - Moderna Museet has one of the world's best collections of art, spanning from 1900 to the present day. The photographic collection comprises works from the 1840's onwards. The art collection includes key works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as new acquisitions by contemporary artists. Swedish art is largely integrated with the international works, presenting Swedish artists such as Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert parallel with Oskar Kokoschka and Georges Braque. The contemporary section is rehung frequently, and it includes a presentation of contemporary film and video art in The Video Corridor. Selections from the collection on view through 31 January, 2010.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Acquires Fischer Collection of German Expressionism

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:52 PM PST

artwork: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - "Six Dancers," 1911 - Oil on canvas - VMFA's Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection Photo: Katherine Wetzel, © 2009 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

RICHMOND, VA.- One of the finest remaining refugee collections of German Expressionist art has a new home – at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection includes works assembled by the couple in Frankfurt, Germany, between 1905 and 1925, the most creative years of German Expressionism. No state funds were spent by the museum. VMFA used donor funds restricted to the purchase of art for the commonwealth.

Savannah College of Art showcases Famous Works on Paper

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:50 PM PST

artwork: Salvador Dali - Soft Watches Half Asleep - Original color lithograph with original etching on BFK rives - 18 1/2 x 22 inches, 1971

SAVANNAH, GA - World-class works on paper by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse and Joan Miro will be on display and available for purchase at the Savannah College of Art and Design during the "Modern Masters" exhibition, held Sept. 2nd through 22nd  at Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St., Savannah.  An opening reception and printmaking demonstration will be held in the gallery Sept. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Fitzwilliam Museum will celebrate "Endless forms" ~ Charles Darwin Bicentenary

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:48 PM PST

artwork: Martin Johnson Heade - Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds, 1871 - Oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Gift of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Cambridge, UK - The fascinating interchange between the revolutionary theories of Charles Darwin (1809–1882) and art of the late nineteenth century is explored in a ground-breaking interdisciplinary exhibition opening at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in Summer 2009. Organised by The Fitzwilliam Museum in association with the Yale Center for British Art—two of the world's leading university art museums — "Endless forms"  will coincide with the global celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of naturalist Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859). The exhibition will show at the Yale Center for British Art from 12 February – 3 May 2009, and at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 16 June to 4 October 2009.

Artist Stephen Wiltshire Draws NYC His Major Panorama from Memory

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:46 PM PST

artwork: Stephen Wiltshire is a London-based artist with a particular talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, after a one-time fly over by helicopter.

NEW YORK, NY.- Following a 45-minute helicopter ride over this iconic city, Stephen will spend a week at Pratt Institute, the world-famous college of art, design and architecture, where he will draw an 18 ft-long image from memory. Stephen shot to fame in 1987 when his talent was featured on a BBC program and he was introduced by former president of the UK's Royal Academy of Art Sir Hugh Casson as 'the best child artist in Britain.' Since then, Stephen has continued to draw and paint prolifically, travelling all over the world to create his work and achieve worldwide fame. He has twice been featured in the list of the 100 most influential black people in Britain and in 2006 was awarded an MBE for services to the art world.  He will be based in the main gallery of Pratt's Juliana Curran Terian Design Center, and the public will be able to visit him while he works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30.

Fondation Beyeler presents "Visual Encounters ~ Africa, Oceania and Modern Art"

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:45 PM PST

artwork: Four Female Figures, by Senufo masters, Sikasso region, Mali, all c. 1850. - Wood, cowrie shells, red seeds.  - From two private collections and the Fondation Beyeler - Juxtaposed with Paul Cézanne's portrait Madame Cézanne au fauteuil jaune, 1888-90 - Oil on canvas - Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel. -  Photo: © Hughes Dubois, Brussels/Paris

Basel, Switzerland - For the first time, works of art from Africa and Oceania occupy the center of a Fondation Beyeler exhibition. The presentation is based on the small but exquisite group of sculptures brought together by Ernst Beyeler for his museum collection. These are supplemented by about 180 outstanding loans from 50 public and private collections. Each of the 13 exhibition spaces is devoted to an African or Oceanic culture, lending each ensemble a quite unique character. These extra-European works, of the highest quality and significance for world art, confront selected paintings of classical modernism from the Fondation Beyeler collection. On view January 25 through May 24, 2009.

Pablo Picasso Ceramic Plates at Bonhams' First Ever Editions Sale

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:43 PM PST

artwork: Pablo Picasso - "Cavalier and Cheval" ceramic - Estimate (£3,000-5,000) - Photo: Bonhams

LONDON.-
Bonhams will hold their first ever Picasso Editions Sale featuring ceramics, silver and prints by the most celebrated artist of the 20th century, in Knightsbridge on Thursday 23rd September. The sale offers buyers the opportunity to lay their table with over £100,000 worth of plates, jugs and dishes decorated with vibrant and joyful designs by one of the 20th century's most inventive artists. "[these are] compositions whose themes express the joyous, life-loving side of Picasso's work."

Museo de Arte de Ponce. . Frida Kahlo's Worlds

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:35 PM PST

artwork: Frida Kahlo - Los Cocos
PONCE, PUERTO RICO.- The Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) exhibits Frida Kahlo and her Worlds. This exhibition presents a unique approach to the art of one of the most significant artists of the XX century. With more than 250 objects – paintings, sculptures, engravings, customs and ceramic, among others – the exhibition examines Kahlo's work in the light of the influences of popular art, XIX and early XX paintings, photography and pre-hispanic art. Furthermore, Frida Kahlo and her Worlds places the artist in the background of the artistic renaissance of post-revolutionary Mexico, establishing the relationship with her contemporaries and students.

20/21 British Art Fair ~ Where Art Lifts Your Spirits and Enhances Your Life

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:32 PM PST

artwork: Stephen Farthing RA - "Dumonair's Failure" - Farthing was a Tutor in painting at the Royal College of Art, London

LONDON.- The 20/21 British Art Fair is the only fair specialising exclusively in modern and contemporary British art. It will take place again this year at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7, from 16th to 20th September, 2009. The Royal College of Art can justly be called the spiritual home of British art and, as such, provides an ideal setting for the fair which attracts some 60 of our leading dealers showing works by the great names of the 20th century: Bacon, Farthing,Freud, Frink, Frost, Hepworth, Hockney, Hodgson, Lanyon, Lowry, Moore, Nash, Piper, Riley, Scott, Spencer and Sutherland to name a few.

David Schnell solos at Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP)

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:28 PM PST

artwork: David Schnell - Rast  - 2007 - Oil on canvas - 170 x 100 cm Collection José y Sandra González - Photo: Uwe Walter Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig / Berlin  

Ponce, Puerto Rico - In collaboration with the Mönchehaus Museum für Moderne Kunst in Goslar, Germany, Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) opened the first solo exhibition in the American continent of contemporary German painter David Schnell. By the name Hover, the show presents nineteen recent works in which Schnell explores the crossings between culture and nature.

Salvador Dali Foundation Presents Recently Acquired Paintings Made in the 1920s

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:26 PM PST

artwork: Left: Salvador Dalí, Figura de espaldas, 1925, temple y óleo/cartón, 74,5 x 53 cm. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2009. Right: Salvador Dalí, Ninfas y señoritas en la fuente de un jardín, c. 1921, temple/cartón, 74,5 x 53 cm. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, 2009.

FIGUERES, SPAIN - The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí has presented its latest acquisition, an oil painted on both sides titled "Figure from Behind" (front) and "Nymphs and Young Ladies in a Garden Fountain" (back). The provenance of the painting is from a private collector and since 1925, with the exception of the Retrospective during the Year of Dalí, had not been seen in public. In the painter's view, we cannot forget the work of Ismael Smith, Marià Andreu or Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre, all of them friends of Salvador Dalí, with whom he had a relationship, especially with the latter, also a friend of Federico García Lorca.

New Book Tells The Intriguing Story of Muralist Pablo O'Higgins

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:24 PM PST

artwork: The Struggle Against Racial Discrimination (mural detail, 1945) by Pablo O'Higgins - Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle Photo of Mural Courtesy Oscar Rosales Castañeda

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- "Becoming Pablo O'Higgins" tells the intriguing story of how a blond-haired, blue-eyed Presbyterian from Salt Lake City, Utah, became a celebrated Mexican muralist. Born Paul Higgins in 1904 into a conservative Republican family of Mayflower English and Protestant Scots-Irish ancestry, O'Higgins, at age 20, boldly traveled to Mexico City at a time when Mexico was still reeling from its violent 10-year revolution. He went to see the mural renaissance involving Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, and he soon became an assistant to Diego Rivera. O'Higgins worked with Rivera on three of his most important murals and became a life-long friend. Rivera said if he ever had a son, he'd want him to be like O'Higgins.

'Floating Worlds' opens at Gallery 10G

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:20 PM PST

artwork: Fay Ku Cocoons 

New York City - Floating Worlds is a 2-person show of works by female emerging Asian artists. Kanako Sasaki is a young Japanese photographer and Fay Ku is a young Chinese painter and draughtsman. This show demonstrates how two artists working in different mediums can evoke the same type of playful energy associated with dream-like and childhood worlds. Ironically, both artists have a common bond of feeling a sense of displacement from their families' culture and history, whether it be Japan or China, and therefore they use their art as a way of establishing connections to their pasts. Opening at Gallery 10G : Thursday, September 6th, 7-9 pm.

Art Knowledge News Presents "This Week In Review"

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:19 PM PST

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