iPaX 2010 International Fantastic Art Exhibition with ‘Dali’s Heirs’
In the summer of 2010 in the Bavarian forest, the town of Viechtach is the European host of the IPax 2010 peace campaign. On the initiative of Dali expert Roger M. Erasmy, the artists group “Dalis Erben” (Dalí‘s Heirs) along with guest artists will be exhibited at the Viechtach Old Town Hall. Following the opening artists and art lovers can celebrate together at the Spanish festival on the Viechtach town squre. On the following day, the next cultural and artistic highlight will be the opening of the original Dali wagon by Roger Erasmy.
IPaX (International Peace Art Exhibitions) came into being at the instigation of no less than the former European Commission President Jacques Santer in 2008. The inaugural event took place last Autumn in the Reial Cercle Artistic, Barcelona. “The art world is aware of the serious geopolitical situation and wants to participate actively in the efforts for making peace. Expressive images seem more determined than endless political speeches”, said Mr. Erasmy from Luxembourg, who took over the creative implementation of Santer’s idea. Erasmy is the facilitator between “Dali‘s Heirs” and the cultural institute in Barcelona and produced the first peace iPaX 2009 exhibition which was considered very successful.
Thanks to Erasmy’s well established contacts, and local artist Reinhard Schmid, the town of Viechtach was chosen as host of the Bavarian Forest iPaX 2010. Erasmy says, “After Barcelona, a bustling Mediterranean metropolis, Viechtach being a romantic country town in the Bavarian Forest provides a peaceful hub of cultural images. The high profile project represents a logical development. For several years, the Viechtach has set the goal to establish itself as a European hub of fantastic art. The peace project in 2010 should be a highlight of this achievement-oriented strategy. ”
For iPaX 2010, 11 respected and internationally renowned artists bring their|Fantastic Art to Viechtach. Angerer the Elder (D), Alain Bazard (F), Dragan Ilic Tues VOGO (SRB), Peter Gric (A), Christian Klepsch (D), Micha Lobi (RUS), Michael Maschka (D), Fabrizio Riccardi (I) Viktor Safonkin (CZ), Reinhard Schmid (D) and Siegfried Zademack (D). From 19 June to 22 August, the works of 50 artists will be on display at the Viechtach Old Town Hall. Admission is free. The opening reception commences at 7pm on Friday, 18 June with curator Reinhard Schmid welcoming the artists and guests. The opening speech will be made by Xaver Widmann. Following the opening will be a Spanish celebration befitting of Salvador Dali with live band “Los Locos” on the Viechtach town square.
In addition to numerous other events which support the exhibition. Some highlights is Roger Erasmy’s presentation of a fascinating slide lecture on the life of the great surrealist Salvador Dali and the smallest Surrealist art collection in the world. The original Dali-wagon from the French Perpignon will also be on display to the public. The rail car was the original model for the painting “The Station of Perpignan” (Salvador Dali, 1965), which is today the centrepiece of the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. In Viechtach the wagon will present a collection of significant lithographs and reproductions by Salvador Dali. In the entrance of the Old Town Hall is also a huge replica (406 X 295 cm) of the grand painting of 1965.
iPaX2010: International Peace Art exhibition – Dali‘s Heirs and Friends
Opening of the Exhibition: Friday 18 June, 7pm
Duration: 18 June – 22 August
Opening times: Mon – Fri 8-5pm, Sa 10-1pm, Sun 10-12pm / 3-5pm
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