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    TheWolfman
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    A promising report from today's Evening Herald newspaper/This is Plymouth website':http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/Lenkiewicz-museum-studio/article-1999869-detail/article.htmlMonday, April 12, 2010'A MUSEUM dedicated to Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz will be housed in his former studio on the Barbican.The Lenkiewicz Foundation (TLF), which has long hoped to set up a permanent exhibition on the painter's works and possessions, has secured 25 The Parade as its new base.The address was Lenkiewicz's study and library, and TLF trustee Francis Mallett said it was "absolutely perfect" for the charitable group.He said: "It's very much associated with him. People in Plymouth remember the building, with the mural next to it, as being closely linked to Robert." The foundation hoped to move into its new home in the next couple of months.With the remaining assets of Lenkiewicz's estate due to be formally released to the foundation soon, the work of cataloguing and presenting the material will then begin.Mr Mallett said the material to be housed in the old studio would include personal possessions such as diaries and a small selection of his library.It is also hoped that 25 The Parade will host seasonal exhibitions of Lenkiewicz's work. Candidates have already been interviewed for gallery manager role and short-listed candidates will be re-interviewed in April.The former studio is next to The House That Jack Built on which Lenkiewicz's mural of The Last Judgement is painted. The artist used the studio since the late 1960s.Lenkiewicz died of a heart attack in 2002, aged 60. He left hundreds of paintings and a library rated as of 'national significance' by the British Museum.But he had no bank account, £12 in cash and huge debts, despite completing up to 10,000 paintings. It had been feared that his estate was insolvent and that all his possessions would have to be sold to repay his debtors.The rising value of his work meant Lenkiewicz's estate did clear his debts, but the foundation which seeks to promote his work has had a long wait to take possession of his remaining artifacts.TLF is currently in discussions over a major exhibition of Robert's work in Bristol next year.'

    #10520

    Chaya Lenkiewicz
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    To say that my father died with only £12 in his pocket is misleading. As usual he stayed with on us on the saturday night and on that morning of August 4th 2002 he gave my sister and I a very generous amount of pocket money, as he always did. He also made a private sale that morning.Just because he so happened to go to bed that night possibly with only £12 in his pocket, does not make an informed statement about his financial position and should not be used for this purpose. He was extremely private and had many compartments to his life.

    #10521

    Westlake
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    How nice to see Robert's daughter Chaya respond in such a mature and dignified way to the press comment that her late father died with just £12 in his pocket. Well done Chaya – your late father would be proud of you.

    #10522

    old friend
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    I`m coming to plymouth over the bank holiday, will there be anywhere to see some of robert`s work, preferably not just prints. thanks old friend.

    #10523

    WEB WEAVER
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    Try the following 3 galleries:Somerville (upstairs)Michael Wood Fine ArtAmarda Gallery - (they have items on display for Number Nine the Gallery). There was also a painting tucked away in the Guildhall somewhere.Other galleries in the Barbican/town centre area might have an original or two as well. You will be able to swap about ROL. There is an interesting exhibition by Kurt Jackson at the city museum called "The River." The media used to show the contents of his sketchbooks might be of particular interest to Lenkiewicz fans.

    #10524

    old friend
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    Thanks WEB WEAVER I look forward to it regards Old friend.

    #10525

    old friend
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    I see Coopers the builders have revamped the old studio premises, so what`s next and more importantly when are they to be occupied. Looking forward to a Lenkiewiczian experience the next time I come home for a stay. Anyone any knowledge to impart?

    #10526

    Annie HillSmith
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    What a shame that TLF don't use their own website to provide information about what's going on. I had great hopes when it was set up that it would be a good resource but…..IMHO …. it has not turned out that way. It is pretty moribund. One might have hoped that a rich and stimulating site could've been created … but no. Goodness knows what a "Lenkiewicz experience" will be. Will it ever come to pass?

    #10527

    old friend
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    As a regular homage to my once mentor, on my infrequent visits home I circle the cottage at lower compton and wonder if a visit to Robert`s grave would ever be permitted? This time I recalled that it was me that introduced him to the cottage back in 68 as I was about to leave. I believe John Howard was living there with his then girlfriend. Many happy Xmas times were spent there with Pat and Robert.For help with my thesis on Durer`s Melancholia I dug out a series of blocked drains and in the process of removing tons of soil from the rear wall discovered what looked like a world war 2 bomb.Further digging and a visit from the bomb squad, a old “witches type” cauldron was unearth.I recall there was a sense of slight disappointment, but it added to Robert`s collection. Robert at this point had decided to create a library underneath the front room he had started digging and I said it looked like an immense project that would take forever but I hadn`t counted on his strength, I returned a week later to find it complete with shelves and books installed. Enough wittering, does anyone know if there is anything remaining book-wise at St.Saviors Hall or was that whole collection sold?

    #10528

    MARTYN
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    I have read a lot about Roberts house in Lower Compton, but I do not know exactly where it is. Obviously someone else lives there now, and I wouldn't want to intrude on their privacy, but I would love to know the address and perhaps make my own pilgrimage circuit.

    #10529

    marlowe
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    I have read a lot about Roberts house in Lower Compton, but I do not know exactly where it is. Obviously someone else lives there now, and I wouldn't want to intrude on their privacy, but I would love to know the address and perhaps make my own pilgrimage circuit.

    Is it only me that finds it a bit creepy but can't you get arrested for that sort of thing?

    #10530

    gbl
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    I have read a lot about Roberts house in Lower Compton, but I do not know exactly where it is. Obviously someone else lives there now, and I wouldn't want to intrude on their privacy, but I would love to know the address and perhaps make my own pilgrimage circuit.

    Is it only me that finds it a bit creepy but can't you get arrested for that sort of thing?

    ...I guess it depends on what he wants to do when he gets there!All the 'Blue Plaque' houses in London get visited all the time. In Liverpool, the Beatles former houses even have 'coach tours' for people to have a nose - so its not that odd I guess!Anyway, as Robert's Compton house is very enclosed by walls/shrubbery, it isn't really easy to see much, so I don't imagine a trip being very fruitful?

    #10531

    MARTYN
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    When I made a perfectly innocent post following old friend's comment, I had no idea I was blundering into such controversial terrotory. I cannot imagine wht is going on in Marlow's mind if he thinks an inquiry about where Robert lived was creepy. What did he imagine I was going to do that I could be arrested for when I found out? I am only glad I didn't ask about the location of the studio or anything as stupid as that – I would probably have had the vice squad on my doorstep by now.I know this site aims at the provocation of thought but I think this sort of creative thinking is taking it a bit far when a genuine enquiry receives this sort of response. Still I am sure that all the "safe" people who knew where Robert lived know what they are doing. Looks like I will have to content myself with visiting Drakes home at Buckland Abbey along with all the other perverts...Sorry to have troubled you.

    #10532

    old friend
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    Now now guys I didn`t want to start a row, I can understand both view points though`s of us who hold good memories of an old friend may be over sensitive to what I`m sure is a genuine inquiry. Peace xx

    #10533

    gbl
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    MARTYN - sorry that you've been looked at with suspicion, just for wanting to visit a Lenkiewicz landmark! which is perfectly normal anyway, as his Barbican studio gets visits all the time (the outside of it anyway).We currently live in a world where everyone is suspicious of everyone. Everyones either a 'paedophile' or a 'terrorist' - and its often with no basis - its called paranoia! And what can one do with a 'house' anyway - apart from burgle it, or knock it down?

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