Anthonis van Dyck
Van Dyck, a drawing by him at 14.
It speaks for itself!
We were at his presentation ‘1986-2016’ at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv.
From quiet village to a chaotic cosmopolis.
Anthonis van Dyck
Van Dyck, a drawing by him at 14.
It speaks for itself!
We were at his presentation ‘1986-2016’ at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv.
From quiet village to a chaotic cosmopolis.
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.
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.
The 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 …
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.
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.
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!
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.
December 12, 2015
POP UP SHOW
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!
How Art Became Irrelevant
It takes an outsider like Michael Lewis who exposed the modern worlds insanity in the Financial world (those of you who haven’t read The Big Short, Panic and Flash Boys are missing one of the best reads ever)To take on the Art World. And what a splendid job he does. Anyone that is interested in understanding why we are where we are in the art market. With paintings costing fortunes, blockbuster Museum shows pulling in masses of people and a fair on every corner well that should be ok but…..and there is always a but You know something is very wrong but can not put your finger on it. Please I implore you to read this Everyone that is serious about civilization, there, I’ve said it CIVILIZATION. Below is the article. I would love some feed back on this take a long minute not a like or not. What do you think?
THE WATCH FUND
Attention collectors of mens watches!
You can now wear the watches your fund invests in and make a profit at the end of the year. Dominic Khoo turned his passion for watches into a business. THE WATCH FUND. He buys ultra high end watches at steep discounts and then sells them for profit, to benefit the funds investors. The two year old fund now has about 29 million Dollars worth of assets under management and 60 investors, each of whom has contributed a minimum of 250,000$ according to Mr. Khoo, the funds sole buyer and largest stakeholder. He has also seven other partners who are invested. There’s nothing like a company where the owners have skin in the game. The fund is private managed account so that investors can self-regulate, each investor generally gets a selection of watches-sort of the investors portfolio the same day the investment is received. The investors have two options. One guarantees a fixed 10 per cent annual return, while the other offers a variable rate which so far has generated a higher return. One portfolio soared 54 percent in three months time. Mr Khoo said he buys only investment-grade watches, timepieces with prices are expected to produce a profit beyond the purchase cost and management fee. So…. if you’ve been lusting after the Ulysses Nardin Genghis Khan or a Bulgari Carillon Minute-Repeating Tourbillon or a Celsius pocket watch look this fund up its based in Singapore..
Hotel Alexander Museum Palace Hotel, Pesaro, Italy
Count Alessandro Nani Marcucci Pinoli “Nani” to his friends has one of the most unique Art Hotels in Europe. His hotel is nestled along the Adriatic Coast in the charming city of Pesaro. In October 2004 Nani dedicated four years to develop his greatest Art piece. Nani gave 75 artists the chance to transform ordinary guest rooms into 63 works of art.
Each hotel room announces its artist by a painting on the door to your room. You can go on-line and see the variety of styles. Once in the all enveloping spirit of the artist is felt and changes you.Some are simply spectacular. A fresh breath of air away from the relentless architecturally designed rooms we are used to.
His underground art gallery is reserved for showing emerging artists .His own paintings and sculptures have been exhibited world-wide and reside in important collections and Museums. His current installation pieces “Turba”, “Isis” and “Four Races” are grouped outside near the entrance powerful and provocative. Nani , a true Renaissance man, Poet, writer, artist,lawyer, diplomat knight in the classic style of the great Italian Families dreamed of a great Art project, not just for himself but for the general art loving public to enjoy and in so doing supported many young artists. Bravo!
Count Alessandro Nani Marcucci Pinoli – the owner of the Alexander Museum and myself – Roberta Gonella.
Other Art Hotels in Europe
I have not visited them myself but reports from friends recommend these hotels, Boutique Soho Hotel – Budapest, Hotel Roomz – Vienna, Novus City Hotel – Athens, Hotel Ku’Damm 101 – Berlin, Hotel Yasmin – Prague, and Hotel Bloom – Brussels.
Need to Know
Iman Afsarian, Iraqi artist One of the best artists long waiting list Assar Art Gallery represented, Hito Steyerl German artist her video HOW not to be seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational.Movie File (2013). If there is one video to see this year that will blow your mind with enjoyment its this one.
According to Global Corporate Collections a book published last month by Deutsche Standards there are around 600 groups which have collections and many of the big groups are focused on contemporary art. Just to give you a feel for the amount of art they collect UBS has about 35,000 works Deutsche Bank 60,000 works to smaller collections such as Statoil a Norwegian oil and gas producer who has 1,350 works, Shiseido, the Japanese cosmetics company owns 2,500 modern Japanese paintings, sculptures and installations. Why do they buy specifically contemporary art. First financially Contemporary art has increased 600% in the decade to 2014 and businesses try to align themselves with cutting-edge, innovative and creative work it reflects on their business and also art has finally become more apart of our lives. I think the Pop artists made it comfortable for normal people to live with and buy the work of these artists, it was like taking off a billboard and putting it in your house, it was familiar, a Campbell soup can easy…. The good news for artists is that this group buy direct from the artists and hold their work. over a long period of time they rarely sell at Auctions When they do sometimes it is due to mergers or their public image has changed. Sotheby’s sold $75m of corporate art in 2014 (minus buyers premium). Also Banks art related activities have expanded in recent years, international art fairs have increased dramatically and Banks will put on their own shows. UBS has held shows at MOMA in New York, The Tate Modern and Beijing’s National Art Museum of China.In the end corporate collecting remains what it has always been;good for business .As in the Renaissance the big banking families could show their power through their patronage in Art but here’s the real reason I think by supporting the artists of their time in glorifying the Church they thought that would be a plus for them at the Pearly Gates. Just maybe St Peter would not judge them so strongly for what they did in their business when he saw the beautiful paintings of Michelangelo in Heaven….ok ok but Our companies and Banks are not angels and Art gives a cultured veneer to all….#bankbigartbuyers
I think Danny Lane is the most important glass sculpture artist the western world has. Baroque, massively innovative, what he is doing now in 3 dimensional glass designs, is simply groundbreaking also furniture in glass , a lounge chair in strips of glass sensational…and undervalued …He has done wonderful corporate projects. Look on his web site.
Stacking Chair, Danny Lane, 1999, Edition 1986, Glass, steel, H110 x W62 x D59cm
Photographer: Peter Wood
Just bought a Ben and wanting to buy a Danny Lane glass sculpture both major artists and wondering how by not living in their own countries if this affected their true value price potential. not being promoted that much from their own countries., Ben (Vautier) has been living for years in France but is Swiss and Danny Lane is American and has been living in England for a long time. Maybe it hasn’t made a difference..just thinking…so many platforms..so little time…maybe Instagram wins…Collectors use it to sell…and Auction houses..we will see. Enjoy August
The award winning author Jonathan Harr has written a spellbinding journey on the search for the most sought after painting by Caravaggio”The Taking of Christ”. Set in todays insular world of art historians ,art scholars and restoration masters we fall into the chase. A true story. By the end of this entertaining mix of art history and scholarly sleuthing you will have caught “the Caravaggio disease” I promise you and by the way Caravaggio fell out of fashion in the art world for around 300 years and finally around the 1960s prices on the neglected Italian Baroque had come back into fashion.Thats a long time …