Why is the whole world running to walk on water with Christo?

What has captivated everyone to overwhelm these sleepy chic towns of Sulvano, on the mainland, and Peschiera nestled along Lake Iseo to brave buses and trains. Forget about a place to stay, hotels were booked out months ago.

Well I will keep it simple: Christo is the only artist working today who is in the style of the grand artists of Italy past where, when a painting was finished the leading citizens would walk it through the streets often on religious holidays for all to see and the ordinary people would make their comments be proud of a special artist and be uplifted by it. In this grand tradition Christo follows. He makes everyone part of the work. The workers fixing it, the police, the children, the people coming from the whole world, smiling, laughing, taking their shoes off if they want to, enjoying the weather, lying on it, sun bathing… I must say the gods of the weather were kind to him for the opening day was sunny and not to warm, the water was glistening. One felt a slightly rocking, like one would on a boat, as soon as you stepped on this soft orange pathway and the reality that you could walk to either side and dive in … Well I don’t know how deep the water is and god bless the Italians for not putting railings on either side and giving the visitors a chance of not being treated like children but it was simply wonderful. Everyone around the restaurants clapped as he passed in his boat. A man I would say in full form, forget how old he is. What was just as wonderful and not shown  is he covered the streets of the towns with the fabric and everywhere we walked this wonderful sea of orange enveloped us. The walk was demanding, a two mile walk but it did not stop people with wheelchairs, or children or basically anyone. One simply had to live it. Be exhilarated and then have a wonderful meal after. The restaurants spotted around were perfect and I am sure this tiny lake area will become a very good choice for holiday.I must say that the explosion of creative energy to make this miracle of 220,000 high density polyethylene cubes that form its 16 meter wide spine to stay up using engineers, construction companies, deep sea divers, even a team of Bulgarian athletes was used. It must have been the most exciting project to come along for these teams in years. All to come down after a few weeks.  It was realized in 22 months normally it takes decades to achieve. The dream of floating piers was a project thought of 46 years ago and was rejected through the years…finally in 2016 it has been realized…. an American- Italian miracle.

Take a look at some of the photos and video and try to get to Italy in order to experience this yourself..



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What happens when the media stops covering your artist

What happens when the media stops covering your beloved artist you bought and thought was a safe bet?
Or as the famous art critic Souren Melikian once said “who can guarantee that a sponge dipped in blue paint will forever be recognized as a work of art?”.

Well to start I think you must first think: Do I really like what I am buying?
It sounds simplistic but there is the real possibility it will go down. Just to say that in the 80’s there were wonderful artists that have fallen down and have not come back. You all know which ones. They have been replaced by the new new who will in turn be replaced by the newer new etc…. Few will last.

What I advise is:
There are still some serious art critics left. See if they have covered your artist. It makes no difference to them if you buy these artists or not. Gallery owners of course will fight to sell their artists who they believe in there are a few really serious art Galleries owners who are passionate about their artists and look for talent who will last and last.…Talk to the independent dealers that are still around they still have the “true eyes” for quality. Talk to Museum Curators, executives like Thomas Hoving, one of the great eyes of our century and art expert who has written a wonderful book called “Art for Dummies”. In that book he tells you what you should look for in an artist, he also recommends some artists of our time that he feels will make it. He also has written other books about art, the last one being “Master Pieces”. Sadly he has passed away, but his books have a lot of information in it about the world of art and perhaps his passion will rub off on you. For in the end it is the passion for art that will take you along the road, mistakes you will make but not really because you will change and your art will also change… I mean the man revolutionized the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Do you want to walk on water with Christo?

I will be at Lake Iseo at the opening of this event. Ah finally to walk on water…….Ciao will tell all its this month!

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Max Ernst Johannes Theodor Baargeld, Kurt Schwitters, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Raoul Hausmann John Heartfield, Man Ray Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Beatrice Wood and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.
Major and minor branches were created in Barcelona, Berlin, Cologne, New York, Paris, Latin America, Japan, Croatia and the Tyrol. These were the important centers and the artists who made up the DADA movement.

The Berlin group was much more political and used Dada to fight the government.
Hannah Höch, a gifted political collagist took over Dada to use in texts and invents the photo montage.
Raoul Hausmann – John Heartfield – Otto Dix – George Grosz

Max Ernst – Johannes Theodor Baargeld
Both Rejected the tradition of painting and experimented with assemblages of found objects and montage.
Ernst constructed a dreamlike world of juxtapositions that prefigured surrealist practice.

Man Ray wrote a letter to Tristan Tzara June 1921—” Dada cannot live in New York. All New York is Dada and will not tolerate a rival-will not notice Dada. He also wanted a new way of showing things. He wrapped up his mothers sewing machine. Even though it was wrapped you could still identify what it was or it was left to the imagination. He also abandoned the camera and only using light on photographic paper showed a new method for photos it was called Rayographs.

Everything begins with the first International Exhibition of Modern Art at the Armory Feb 1919
Francis Picabia  shows his machines are human beings drawings

Marcel Duchamp shows his canvas Nude. Descending A staircase heralding the European avant- garde then in  April 1917 Duchamp showed a ready made Object that became the 20th century’s most influential work – The Fountain an inverted urinal.

Beatrice Wood gave manifestations of Dada and defended Marcel Duchamp. She worked with found objects. Often called the Mama of Dada – she was an inspiration for the 101 year Rose DeWitt Bukater in the film Titanic.

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
Her bizarre costumes, and her radical performances with which she appeared on public streets established the field of performance art.  Her early ready mades – on the way to getting married she discovered an iron ring on the street – a found object that she declared an artwork, entitled “Enduring Ornament” and here we must mention that latest research suggests that the idea behind the upturned urinal, signed R.Mutt did not come from Marcel Duchamp, but from her. Her visual poems, her tendency to play with gender roles truly made her a figurehead of the avant-garde.  She took one of the most provocative positions of her time.She left America in 1923 and returned to Germany.

Kurt Schwitters
Was not accepted by the Dada group in Zurich group  and went back to Hannover and launched his one man movement “MERZ”.

May 27th – 1920
Dada is dead. It ends in Paris with a fight between Breton and a poor poet Pierre de Massot who has his arm broken by Breton who hits him with a walking stick. That event ended Dada in Paris and at the same time the hour of Surrealism’s birth. New York Dada ended in 1921 when Duchamp and Man Ray left for Paris.

And after
Surrealism 1924, Constructivism, Lettrism, Situationism, Fluxus, Pop and Op Art, Conceptual Art, Minimalism and most twentieth century art movements have traced their roots to Dada.
Once you think Dada, most of the artists you know and love, all derived that Dada vision and expanded on it till today.
The thought that anyone could be an artist and that anything could be art along with the desire to tear down the media propaganda of our consumer society and politics is as strong as ever.

And along side came  . . .

  • The Beat Generation
  • Saint Germain des Pres
  • The Viennese activists movement
  • Punk sub-culture and you might as well throw in Tattoos!
  • Performance art stronger than ever
  • All critically subversive strategies that live on in current counter cultural practices.



1916 – till 1920 . . . till now

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In other news

Anthonis van Dyck
Van Dyck, a drawing by him at 14.
It speaks for itself!



Image (2)Marc Spiegler, Global Director Art Basel

Marc says the art market is not in a bubble, lots of new young collectors coming in.

We were at his presentation ‘1986-2016’ at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv.
From quiet village to a chaotic cosmopolis.


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It all started a 100 years ago in Zurich and Zurich is celebrating. The Kunsthaus, the Landesmuseum, the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, the Cafe Voltaire,  Galerie, Hotel Limmatblick with its DADA Bar and lots of other events during the year.

So why is this movement one of the most revolutionary movements of the twentieth century which still influences more than ever the contemporary art world.


The place it started – Zurich Switzerland
Neutral Switzerland was a haven for intellectuals, scientists, poets and artists that were repelled by the slaughterhouses of the world war around them from all the belligerent nations. World War 1 was a devastating war that left everyone looking for a way to rebalance their lives. A very small group of artists got together and in a very subversive and irreverent matter thought that anyone could be an artist and that anything could be art they wanted to start over like children, wipe out the old way of thinking of art.
Where…. the Cafe Voltaire Feb 5 1916 closed only 4 months later.

The Cafe, named in honour of the eighteenth century French writer, philosopher and radical critic was held there for only four months.
It was here at the Spiegelgasse 1 that the birthplace of Dada started. No one is quite sure where the name came from. Here every night the 7 Dada Founders pushed themselves to the edge of madness they acted childlike, silly, they sang, painted, made collages composed poetry, danced mock rituals that happened on the stage and looked for a new order to heal human beings. They were not opposed to art or religion, they wanted to penetrate them and be inspired by them and at the same time were very subversive.

Hans Arp remembered these evenings as total pandemonium. “The people around us are shouting, laughing gesticulating. Our replies are sighs of love, volleys of hiccups, poems, moos and meowing of medieval Bruitists. This audience was composed of dissidents, refugees , artists and dissidents all who came every night.

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The  7 DADA founders who started the most  revolutionary movements of the twentieth century

Hans Arp – an Alsatian painter, sculptor and poet who co-founded the movement. He created biomorphic shapes in ink, woodcuts and painted layered wood reliefs. He married Sophie Tauber. They collaborated on abstract images and established the Cabaret Voltaire. Rejected for Swiss citizenship Arp moved to Paris in 1925 and exhibited with the Surrealists.

Hugo Ball – German, Presented short plays such as the Nativity Play, he famously appeared in a cubist costume reciting one of his sound poems (poem without words) .  Ball read his “Dada Manifesto aloud at the first dada evening performance outside the Cabaret Voltaire. He is thought to have used the word Dada first. In his sound poems, such as “Karawane”, Ball wanted to find a language that emerges from the “primeval strata untouched and not reached by logic and by the social apparatus.”

Emmy Hennings – German, The bon vivant and professional Cabaret singer and  poet presented songs  and had audience participation.Co-founder of the Cafe Voltaire.

Richard Huelsinbeck – German, He recited pseudo-African poems he played  the drums on stage introducing a stronger rhythm. Underlining the groups search for “primitive art” Had a nervous breakdown because his Swiss girlfriend demanded that he choose between her and DADA. readings of expressionist and futurist poems simultaneous poems in three different languages to cubist dances. Everything was possible.

Marcel Janco – Romanian, Along with Dada performances he produced abstract costumes and masks for the Cabarets soirees, printed posters and invitations for other Dada Events. He returned to Bucharest in 1920 and cardboard communicated characters and passions that are larger than life.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp – Swiss,  A key representative of the Zurich dadaists and simultaneously a pioneer of constructivist-concert art.She is seen as one of the most versatile and adventurous female Swiss Artists of the 20th century.Painting, drawing,sculpture, architecture, design, dance and scenography, she introduced to Arp non-traditional materials and geometric constructions.Her first show was at the opening of Galerie Dada where she danced to verses by Hugo Ball wearing a mask by Marcel Janco. In 1918 with Hans Arp and other artists she signed the “Dada Manifesto”.

Tristan Tzara  – Romanian,  Tzara edited an anthology of works performed at the cabaret The PR Genius organised a conference at the Kunsthaus Zurich He constantly promoted the trade mark Dada. He also was responsible for sending out to over 40  artists that they submit their art work to him and it would be published for his 1921 book project “Dadaglobe”. Due to inflation the German publisher could not finish the project. It was unpublished till now. So to mark the 100 years of the foundation of Dada the widely dispersed original artworks are reunited for the first time  in“Dadaglobe Reconstructed” It is a milestone in Dada Research and can be bought online or at the bookstore of the Kunsthaus. Some of the artists included are Hans Arp, Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Hannah Hoch, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, and around 30 other artists.The exhibition will travel to the Museum of Modern Art, New York from June 2016.

Dadaglobe_PlakatThe first Dada show was at the  Corray . With Arp, Janco, giorgio de Chirico, Otto and Adya van Rees, Hans Richter, Swiss artists and african sculptures. The name was changed after to Gallery Dada. This was in January 1917. In their new performance space they charged steep entrance fees and  had to agree to admit spectators by invitation only which assured a predominantly upper class audience. Dada works were exhibited only in the last month of the gallery. They gave lectures, dance and music performances, Ball recited his sound poems. Unfortunately due to financial difficulties the gallery closed in May 1917.


The last Dada Soiree in Zurich was held in the Saal zur Kaufleuten on April 9, 1919. The event created a riotous scene among the 1,500 people reported to have been there.

And that was just the beginning …


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2016 – ‘Brilliant Ideas’

This years Bloomberg series ‘Brilliant Ideas’ has made it easy for us to see into the minds + works of our top successful global artists. From India to the USA you can see how artists work on  a grand scale and what makes them tick. Bravo ‘Brilliant Ideas’!
See videos below.

The one Art Book to read

‘Art as Therapy’ by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong. Finally, a brilliant book tackling on the Question “What is Art for?”.

The answers given are valid and illuminating and questions like ‘Why have I just left this museum and feel underwhelmed or bewildered and / or inadequate and why the big experience I thought I would have didn’t happen’.

I know you have had these thoughts and whats wrong with me liking ‘pretty pictures’. Read the book!

“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness” – Alain de Botton


Click on the names for the video of the artist.

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Zhang Huan

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Simon Denny

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Lee Bul

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Xu Bing

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Theaster Gates

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Abraham Cruzvillegas

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Subodh Gupta

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Jaume Plensa

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Ellen Gallagher

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Francesco Clemente

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Bharti Kher

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Danny Lane

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Luke Jerram

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Mariko Mori

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Yinka Shonibare

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Michael Joo

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Cornelia Parker

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Grayson Perry


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Violence hits Miami Art Fair – Art Popup Show Zurich

Violence hits Miami Art Fair

Violence comes to an Art Fair. This shouldn’t happen. Art fairs are like libraries and Museum … Safe areas. Were they fighting over an art work? I hope not. But one art lover (a woman) stabbed another. Some people thought it was a performance piece.. It is true  I was annoyed with a Gallery that sold an artist I have been following and thought I could buy it on the spot and ship to a close address instead of buying it in a very far away country and adding on pages of taxes  and mysterious shipping costs but not enough to punch him.  But instead the Art Dealer surprised me with a first time show of an artist that I was taken with. And that is the best part of art. When the scales drop from your eyes and you are elated because the soul of that artist has woken you up. No I am not going to tell you who it is. It will stay my secret for a while  and I will walk around with a smile because I know he has the makings of an   important artist, deep thinking, original  with a tremendous grasp of his media.

Maybe the sales were so dynamic because the rain in Miami was torrential  and the beach was not possible but the Fairs  have improved. No more empty bling. South Africa sent some terrific galleries with very original work  Check out the Gallery Stevenson. Lots of Chinese this time buying.What was an exceptional show was UNREALISM presented be Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch. The whole 4 floors of the Moore Building was filled with the best oil painters out there 64 in all. Dan Colen, John  Currin, Swoon, Zeng Fanzhi, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Clemente, Fischi … the list goes on.

Art Popup Show Zurich

What was a big success is the pop up art show I made in a  house being converted into   lovely apartments. Some how the art I showed on bare walls with tubs exposed was a big hit with the Swiss.It was in collaboration with one of the most forward thinking real estate companies, Simmo in Switzerland. Music, wine, rough walls collided with contemporary works of well known artists . Next show will be in spring. As the Donald says HUGH !  God even I am quoting him.I am looking for works of art done with 3-D printing. Artists that are working with that media please contact me.


More pictures here!


Cult of the cute…. A form of rebellion through Japanese fashion and  artistic expression.against the current society made by adults.Examples are Takashi Murakami, Sabastian Masudas installation of girls room at the Salone del Mobile in Milan ,girls dressed up like a sweet Lolita.. Look it up online and go to the Kawaii Monster Cafe in Tokyo.This also includes the Hello Kitty  obsession . Why grown women are collecting Hello Kitty beats me.

CUBAN ARTISTS … insider buying

Yoan Capote, Diana Fonseca Quinones,Alejandro Campins Los Carpinteros, Carlos Garaicoa Jorge Pardo, Agnes Varda and read Cuban Art News put out by Howard Farber…He was right about the Chinese now its the Cuban artists.

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Art Popup Show Zurich – Pictures

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Upcoming projects


I will be hanging this show in a very unusual way. Do come and see. One of Miami’s best artists.Roberta Gonella…all of you stop looking at your iPads. Look to the Horizon!

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There is something very intimate and at the same time expanding of our souls when we look at a horizon. How can that be? Many great artists have tried to capture this mystery. In this exhibition I have gone one step further, I have lined Sheila’s powerful horizon pieces as an assemblage, connecting the disparate horizons together regardless of their size or medium to make one continuous horizon line.

Roberta Gonella

December 12, 2015



Visionaryarttrends presents the first Swiss ART POP UP SHOW featuring boutique apartments to rent! Patrician sized, great view of the lake of Zurich in District 6. Together with simmo.ch an open house Apero at Huttenstrasse 36, Zurich starting on the 11th of December from 17.00 to 20.00 pm. Saturday 12th  from 10.00 am – 6.00 pm and Sunday 13th from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Artists being featured: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Zara Hadid, Wu Yiming, Ma Liming , Dimitri Horta, Harald Naegeli,  Guo Jin, Tom Fellner, Alex Herzog, Julia Sheppard, Ladina Frey-Durisch, Andrea Bertotti and more …

A chance to see a wonderful collection of contemporary art and beautiful apartments, what else do you want?



Art unlimited at Art Basel 2016

For information to follow!


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