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    Francis
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    TLF will publish a new catalogue for the Leipzig exhibition. 64 pages long, it will be available in both German and English versions. It will include two new essays: 'Elective Affinities' by Mark Gisbourne, a Berlin-based art critic and 'The Artist as Saint' by M.A.Penwill. There will also be many reproductions of works included in the exhibition. It will be available direct from TLF. Here is the introduction I've written as curator which sets the scene for the show:

    'Menschliches, Allzumenschliches' - Works by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002)AN INTRODUCTIONThere are two reasons why it seems particularly appropriate that the first major international exhibition of the work of Robert Lenkiewicz should take place in Leipzig. Firstly, his Polish-born Jewish father had been a horse trader in Saxony, before escaping just before war broke out to settle in London. His mother, also a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, helped instill in the young Lenkiewicz a fascination with the great figures of nineteenth century German culture – Goethe and Schiller (both former residents of Leipzig), Schubert, Wagner, and, in particular, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, whose 'Menschliches, Allzumenschliches' lends its title to this exhibition. Nietzsche, of course, was born just outside Leipzig in Rocken, studied at Leipzig University and met Richard Wagner, also born in Leipzig, here for the first time.Secondly, Leipzig has now become internationally renowned as a bastion of figurative painting, and as critic David Lee observed: 'Lenkiewicz's greatest gift was to show us that an artist could be genuinely concerned about social and domestic issues and attempt the difficult task of expressing this conscience through the deeply unfashionable medium of figurative painting. In that sense he was one of the few serious painters of contemporary history'. But, although there may be some striking parallels in terms of subject matter, one difference is significant: whereas the generations of the Leipzig School form a continuous link back to German Expressionism, Lenkiewicz (of the same generation as Arno Rink and Sighard Gille) worked almost entirely in isolation, outside of prevailing art fashions. As an art student, captivated by his heroes in London's National Gallery –

    #11145

    marlowe
    Participant

    is there a price yet for it?

    #11146

    Annie HillSmith
    Participant

    If you mean entry to the gallery ... I think it will be free. TLF usually try to keep stuff free as it was one of Robert's wishes.If, on the other hand, you mean the total cost of getting to Leipzig ... a lot!You might mean the catalogue .. God knows. Is it produced by White Lane Press?

    #11147

    Francis
    Participant

    Yes, as with all TLF shows, it's free entrance. The catalogue will be 5 euros at the exhibition, or £5 direct from TLF here (there is a bigger print run for the German version making it slightly cheaper). It's a bargain as we held the price despite doubling the size. It's published by TLF, as I said, and all proceeds go to the charity.

    #11148

    marlowe
    Participant

    Is it right to assume this is a different exhibition form the one at the Royal William Yard last year?

    #11149

    Francis
    Participant

    Although the Leipzig exhibition has the same title and theme as the one last summer at the RWY, it is a completely different show in terms of the work and presentation. While in no sense being a Retrospective, the hanging will be more chronological. There are effectively seven different spaces , each of which will have its own sub-theme:

    #11150

    marlowe
    Participant

    Ok thanks. I'm booking my ticket.

    #11151

    Annie HillSmith
    Participant

    I think 5 euros for the catalogue is very reasonable.Marlowe, I seem to think, when I took a look at the Spinnerai's site, that it was shut on Mondays but I can't recall accurately.

    #11152

    Francis
    Participant

    It's open Tuesday to Saturday 11-6, 11-4 Sunday. Closed Mondays.Here's the press release regarding the new DVD:

    ROBERT LENKIEWICZ – THE LEAVES WERE FULL OF CHILDRENDVD RELEASESWFTA. ARTISTS OF THE SOUTH WEST. The Lenkiewicz Foundation is pleased to announce their first official DVD release. In partnership with South West Film and Television Archive, the Foundation has compiled the definitive collection of TSW footage of the celebrated artist between the years 1973 and 1982. TLF spokesperon Anna Navas explains, ‘following keen interest in a DVD after our exhibition at The Royal William Yard last year we’re excited to showcase Robert’s unique charisma and wit. The release coincides with our first major overseas exhibition in Germany opening June 23rd’.The DVD features the 1982 documentary THE LEAVES WERE FULL OF CHILDREN, considered the best produced during the artist’s lifetime. Lenkiewicz talks about his unusual approach to painting and gives an extended guide to the magnificent ‘Riddle Mural’ in the Round Room at the Port Eliot estate in St Germans, Cornwall. Other vignettes range from intimate conversations with Lenkiewicz about the romantic myths surrounding the work of the painter, to the crowded opening night of the Vagrancy exhibition.Those familiar with Lenkiewicz will recognize some iconic characters on the screen. Notably the painter’s muse and third wife Mary, subject of his 1981 Project, The Painter with Mary: a Study in Obsessional Behaviour. Mary inspired the artist’s first relationship notebook, now published. From one kind of obsession to another, audiences will be introduced to the vagrant Edwin Mackenzie, known as ‘Diogenes’, talking to Angela Rippon at his makeshift home above Plymouth rubbish tip. Diogenes became an integral part of the Lenkiewicz mythology, and was central to the now renowned Project, Vagrancy.

    #11153

    Francis
    Participant

    All exhibition information including events now available on TLF's website:http://www.lenkiewiczfoundation.orgThe new website about Robert's work will be live soon!

    #11154

    marlowe
    Participant

    The Lenkiewicz Book Project now goes straight to TLF's site. A takeover?

    #11155

    Annie HillSmith
    Participant

    Member 555 took dotorg on when Dave decided he'd had enough and I'm thinking it might be good to have a run-down from M555 about the current situation..

    #11156

    marlowe
    Participant

    ROBERT LENKIEWICZ – THE LEAVES WERE FULL OF CHILDRENDVD RELEASEThe DVD features the 1982 documentary THE LEAVES WERE FULL OF CHILDREN, considered the best produced during the artist’s lifetime. Lenkiewicz talks about his unusual approach to painting and gives an extended guide to the magnificent ‘Riddle Mural’ in the Round Room at the Port Eliot estate in St Germans, Cornwall. Other vignettes range from intimate conversations with Lenkiewicz about the romantic myths surrounding the work of the painter, to the crowded opening night of the Vagrancy exhibition.Those familiar with Lenkiewicz will recognize some iconic characters on the screen. Notably the painter’s muse and third wife Mary, subject of his 1981 Project, The Painter with Mary: a Study in Obsessional Behaviour.

    I'm sure this is the film I remember seeing in it's day. Lets hope so, it was the best I've seen on Robert.

    #11157

    member555
    Keymaster

    Although nothing is definitive, the scenario is as follows:In the long run, TLF will build a site that will show all the Project material, and much else. Once that site is reasonably finished, there is no need for LBP. I have made a deal with TLF, giving them the domain robertlenkiewicz.org, and in return, they will move LBP to the new domain robertlenkiewicz.co.uk. The first move resulting in TLF appearing on robertlenkiewicz.org has been made. The reason LBP is unchanged on the home page on this site is that I still have not found anyone who can change it. Soon, hopefully, LBP will re-appear when the link on the home page is used.

    #11158

    Francis
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