Saturday, March 27, 2010

Macht der Phantasie – The Power of Fantasy - Special Exhibition 2010 at the Riegersburg

One of the most impressive baroque palaces of Austria, representing the former country estate of Colonel steward of Maria Theresa, Prince Johann-Joseph Khevenhiiller-Metsch, is located between Vienna and Prague.

After the success of the previous seasons, Countess Francesca Pilati von Thassul, simultaneously Museum Director and Lady of the House Riegersburg, decided to show also 2010, from 29.4 to 15.11.2010, a special theme-exhibition with the title „The Power of Fantasy“. The Vernissage will be on 28.4.2010 only upon invitation.

Interested journalists should apply via email:

Every year since 2004, Countess Francesca Pilati, together with the curator Mrs. Dr. Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly, had already organised big exhibitions on different subjects.

This series started with the exhibition „Vom Surrealismus zur Moderne“ and the last Exhibition in 2009 had as title „Kunst zur Zeit des Kalten Krieges“ and took place to commemorate the 20 years´ jubilee of the fall of the Iron Curtain and was meant as a complement to the first 2009 Cross-border Exhibition of the Government of Lower-Austria.

Benedetto Fellin, Old European

For these activities, the lady of the House received on the 10th of November 2009, from the Austrian Ambassador in the Czech Republic H. E. Dr. Margot Klestil-Löffler, the decoration of the Cross for the merit for Sciences and Arts, granted to her by the Austrian President, Dr. Heinz Fischer, and recommended by the Culture Minister, Dr. Claudia Schmied. Countess Pilatii was shown peculiar acknowledgement for her cross border exhibitions especially with the Czech Republic.

With very little financial support, she succeeded during almost six years now, to organize exhibitions which have been highly prized by the art experts.

The Lady of the House has a special thread to Fantastic Art and likes to say: „We need an unreal world to be able to escape in the Fantasy and Dreams. Only in this way one can get power to manage everyday’s life“.

Christian Flora, Angels and Demons

The Exhibition „The Power of Fantasy“ should show that Fantastic Art was during centuries an important part of art history . Works of famous Austrian names (and friends of the Lady of the House) like Prof. Ernst Fuchs, who will be 80 this year, will be shown as well as recently passed away artists, like Kurt Regschek and Fritz Aigner. And last but not least not to forget also artists from the youngest und middle aged generation.

Kurt Regschek, The Cello Girl

The exhibition organizers are especially grateful to the German Painter and Curator Ottfried Culmann, who organizes in his country from time to time exhibitions of Fantastic Art and who has declared that he will show some important German artists, like the already passed away German surrealist Edgar Ende (Father of Michael Ende). Czech artists like Lukas Kándl as well as Italians, like the late surrealist Leonor Fini (+ 1994)will also be present with their works of art.

Countess Pilati would have never thought, many years ago, that she would have one day exhibited works of Leonor Fini. She used to sit every second day, together with her in the late 60ies and beginning of the 70ies, in Rome in the famous literary Caffe Greco in the via Condotti at lunch time. As once Leonor Fini wanted to make a portrait as a cat, she tried to dissuade her to stop to design cats....she does not like such animals and she cannot stand their hair.

The baroque House of Riegersburg, hidden in the deepness of Waldviertel, is the ideal spot where to show such an exhibition. This area, very often hidden in the mist, is an invitation to meet the Fantastic, the Grotesque and the pure Mystery. And especially in Summer this area is a very appreciated excursion place, with the National Park Thayatal and the famous Fortress of Hardegg rising romantically from its stone hill. The tourist interested in art can sit with a cup of coffee in the wonderful garden by the sea and rest before he visits the Exhibition which will give him a wide spectrum of manneristic and fantastic art and shows that this form of art still fascinates the very young generation of artists.

Mag. Hanno Karlhuber (Curator)

Macht der Phantasie – The Power of Fantasy

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ernst Fuchs: Birthday Marathon

Cornelia Mensdorff Pouilly, artist Amanda Sage and birthday boy Ernst Fuchs

In Vienna's Palais Palffy Amanda Sage, Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly, Emanuel Fuchs and many others celebrated the birthday of Ernst Fuchs.

A two day long homage to Painter-Prince Ernst Fuchs took place at the Palais Palffy on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Even his former pupil and assistant Amanda Sage flew in from the United States to help celebrate.

Ernst Fuchs: Geburtstagsfest-Marathon - - LeuteHeute

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Historic Visionary Art Exhibition in Toronto - Visionary Art at Meta Gallery

Event Details

Time: April 2, 2010 at 7pm to April 25, 2010 at 7pm
Location: Meta Gallery
Street: 124 Ossington ave.
City/Town: Toronto
Website or Map:
Phone: 416.955.0500
Event Type: gallery, exhibition
Organized By: Meta Gallery

Event Description

A premier Canadian visionary gallery in Toronto, Canada launches its new location with a historic exhibition.
Meta Gallery is pleased to present Infinite Tapestry, new works by Mario Martinez, also known as Mars‐1. For his first solo exhibition at the gallery, as well as the inaugural exhibition in our new location, 124 Ossington Ave. Mars‐1 will present works on canvas, paper and wood including a large‐scale work measuring 4 x 9 feet. In addition, 2 recent bronze sculptures will also be displayed. In Infinite Tapestry, Martinez continues in the vein of his form based abstraction works for which he is most widely known. Utilizing a wide and provocative color palette while drawing on artistic influences as diverse as surrealism, urban art and abstract expressionism, the works presented offer viewers a direct portal through which to experience the vast extraterrestrial vistas, densely colored amorphous landscapes and gently bubbling geometries of the imaginative space channeled by Mars‐1.
The new body of work being developed for this exhibition further pushes the boundaries of the ever expanding and constantly in flux style Mars‐1 has become known for. The dedication and tradition within his work to a consistent transmutation from one distinct aesthetic expression to another is once again evident in the Infinite Tapestry series, a more minimalist approach to the Mars‐1 method. Soft monochromatic spherical forms arise out of a seeming abyss of void, gathering together in a harmonious grouping of expanding and contracting cosmological geometries - form slowly arising out of the formless. This approach, in the variety of ways it has manifested in the brushstrokes of this artist ‐ one whose work transcends genres, has been greatly responsible for the sense of immersion his work offers the viewer. What ensues is a direct sense of an authentic journey through his mind and imagination, one who the artist himself claims to come from the very other‐wordly spaces which define much of his artistic output.
Mars‐1 (Mario Martinez) was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1977. He moved to Fresno, California when he was 3. At 13 he began his interest in all things street art as he began writing graffiti and contributing to street art and culture in a significant way. He later attended and graduated with a BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art. Following his graduation he devoted himself to the creation of his artworks, becoming prolific in the then emerging world of lowbrow art and synthesizing his vision through both the urban and fine art worlds. He has exhibited in countless gallery exhibitions throughout the globe including group exhibitions stretching from San Francisco to Sau Paulo, and Portland to Boston. His solo shows have included major exhibitions in Portugal (VPF Cream Art Gallery, 2008) and New York City (Jonathan Levine Gallery, 2007, 2009). His work can be found in the private collections of Lance Armstrong, Mark Parker (CEO of Nike), DJ Qbert and Grammy award winning musician Everlast. His first published book, Convergence, included works by himself and other artists working in a similar style. It is virtually sold out of its first printing. The follow up to Convergence, Further, has just been recently released to wide acclaim and the first hardcover monograph of his artwork will be released through Ginko Press during the summer of 2010.
Infinite Tapestry will be on view from April 2 to April 25, 2010. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12‐6 and Sunday from 12‐5. The opening reception will be on Friday April 2 from 7‐10pm. Artist in attendance.
Meta Gallery
124 Ossington ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
m6j -2z5
telephone 416.955.0500
fax 416.955.0807

Historic Visionary Art Exhibition in Toronto - Visionary Art

New Exhibition Opening – Dominic Rouse

Dominic Rouse @ The Verve Gallery of Photography


Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe is showing part of the Dominic Rouse traveling exhibit 'Haunted by a Painter's Ghost' from March 19 through May 8 2010.

The Opening Reception is from 5-7 pm on 19th March.

Also showing in the exhibition are the photographers Douglas Etheridge and Mark Citret who will both be giving a Gallery Talk on March 20 between 2-4 pm.

The Gallery Press Release is available for download as a PDF document here

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Großes Ehrenzeichen für Maler Ernst Fuchs -








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Grand Decoration of painter Ernst Fuchs
Shortly after his birthday, the painter Ernst Fuchs was awarded the Grand Medal of Carinthia. It was proposed by the Klagenfurt Stadthauptpfarrern St. Egid and LR Harald Dobernig (FPK).

read more here:
Großes Ehrenzeichen für Maler Ernst Fuchs -