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- July 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm #6488
Robert LenkiewiczMenschliches, AllzumenschlichesHuman, All Too HumanOn view till 21 July: Spinnerei, Leipzig – Halle 12.Opening 14 September: Auf AEG, NurnbergOrganized and curated by The Lenkiewicz FoundationDue to overwhelming success, Human, All Too Human – an exhibition of paintings by British artist Robert Lenkiewicz is extending its exhibition programme. The show, which remains open at The Spinnerei in Leipzig until Sunday, will transport all 100+ works to Nuremberg for an exhibition at Auf AEG opening 14th September and running for 1 month. The exhibition in Leipzig has attracted 3,000 visitors sinceopening 23rd June.The Lenkiewicz exhibition will contribute to an exciting programme of events running on the site, a huge development of 168,000sqm. 90 artists working there will stage a group exhibition and open their studios to the public. A highly anticipated exhibition of works from The Artist Pension Trust (APT) collection and the opening of The Gallery of The Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg will guarantee regional and national attention. The Open to AEG weekend, an annual event, is expected to attract around 20,000 people in 3 days.The decision to tour the show to Nuremberg came after an encouraging response to the exhibition from the public and media alike. Editorial in regional and national newspapers have responded positively to the work. Television coverage from DW and MDR had a significant effect on visitor numbers and critical attention. TLF spokesperson Anna Navas explains, ‘We’ve generated a good momentum here and are excited to build upon this in Nuremberg. We hope the new audience will find as much interest in the work as our wonderful Leipzig audience’.The exhibition will move from THE WERKSCHAU, Halle 12 at The Spinnerei, Leipzig, to THE WERKSCHAU, Halle 15 at Auf AEG, Nuremberg. The new space in Nuremberg is three times the size at 3,000sqm and promises a very different aesthetic to the Leipzig show – modern industrial rather than the 19th Century build of the beautiful Leipzig space, a former needle setting workshop.For further information:http://www.robertlenkiewicz.orgJuly 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm #11174
marloweParticipantJuly 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm #11175
Well done to all involved in organising the shows.August 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm #11176
This is still being done on a wing and a prayer. Even the limited amount of money from the estate has not yet been forthcoming. We have no guarantee of the further generousSeptember 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm #11177
An extraordinary weekend when the show was visited by over 5000 people. The response from the German audience was overwhelminglySeptember 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm #11178
Congratulations Francis and all the others who made it possible. That is the best bit of news in the Lenkiewicz world since the estate was finally wound up. In the same way that Robert bypassed the London art scene by going to Cornwall and then Plymouth, the Foundation has bypassed it by going to Germany.September 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm #11179
For anyone who can get it, the show will be featured tomorrow Tuesday on Euronews. It's also now on YouTube:http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RhjpH9LJshM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DRhjpH9LJshMOctober 4, 2013 at 11:41 am #11180October 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm #11181
Nurnberg reviews from Nurnberger Zeitung, one of the two main dailies there, and the more obscure online On-Kultur (including my 'right of reply' to Dr Harald Tesan's review) now available in translation on TLF's website:http://www.robertlenkiewicz.org/content/menschliches-allzumenschliches-human-all-too-human-0Pays yer money and takes yer choice, as they say.October 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm #11182
My critique of the critic has provoked the following from the director of the Furth Museum and Art Gallery, just outside Nurnberg. A very bad google translation below but it gives you some idea. Hilarious.
What drives the curator of the exhibition , who is not a curator , but represents one of the galleries that promote the work of Lenkiewicz to bashing in such a polemical way to the differentiated exhibition and work critique of Harald Tesan ? What is the old , anti-intellectual reflection , Harald Tesan not represent the majority ( " Tesan is not most people" ) ? He is merely a self-proclaimed critic ? He represents through education and action ( teaching ) someone who is concerned every day about visual arts. What more qualifications could there be? In a elegant style striving to balance criteria, Tesan arrives at a not too flattering opinion on Lenkiewicz . He could have written that it is high kitsch of the worst kind ( the fiery eyed , gypsy-like stereotypes of troubled girls , the glorified homeless people that are reminiscent of the good-evil of old Russian and Chinese propaganda magazines ) , made evn worse by the terrible framing.One should keep the ball low , dear Francis Mallet : The issues that were edited Lenkiewicz , prevalent at that time in the UK. The murals were in the 1970s and 1980s preferred street children and people " on the street" . Everything "very British " . Well , Lenkiewicz went a step further than most of his colleagues from that time ( in England, Scotland , Ireland ) . His megalomania (with pictures a la Dürer and Rembrandt ) you could find sympathetic , absolutely. Only show the results of this brutal megalomania on the weaknesses . Because honestly , the show offers a single good picture, one that shows that he could have, if he had wanted . And that is , in my opinion , the picture " The Rape " .In addition, it should be no longer an issue , that a work of art is also criticized , regardless of its content. For the good intention nor creates any good art .The bad thing about the response is that the dead genre of art criticism, which the brave Harald Tesan wanted to resuscitate , is condemned in the ground. Yes, we know : There are plenty of people who are all like that have no criteria for their judgment more , because the market is so dear . These people are allowed to have and express their opinion also . But the critic who still looks for old-fashioned criteria and at the same time tried an immanent critique , therefore, is far from being a spoilsport of the market , plus it would be far too weak. We understand : If one says that a work of art for this or that reason is bad, you replied cynically with the price that has been paid for .October 14, 2013 at 11:14 am #11183
Thanks Francis, this bit made me chuckle:
Our complacent academics must produce this stuff in their sleep. Maybe that’s why it makes everyone else yawn.
Nice comeback. Don't critics hate it when they can no longer be self-proclaimed high priests and heirs to The Mystery? Of course the mystery is none other than the one revealed by David Lee "We make it up as we go along". Or alternatively the mystery is how these people get paid for what they do.October 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm #11184
Re: Right of reply - Looks like Dr Harold Tesan has been put back in his place. 😀October 18, 2013 at 10:35 am #11185
Jokes aside, though Dr Tesan’s argument is shot full of contradictions, he does summarise well in many ways the art world establishment’s attitude towards Robert. So it’s worth trying to digest it. Basically, it’s a matter of intellectual taste…very ironic in view of Robert’s ideas.November 6, 2013 at 10:50 am #11186
As many will be aware from TLF's website and Facebook pages, the BBC filmed at the Spinnerei in Leipzig for Michael Portillo's 'Great Continental Rail Journeys'. This episode will be broadcast this coming Sunday at 9pm on BBC2. It's the nature of this kind of thing that there is no way of knowing whether the Lenkiewicz exhibition will feature at all but it may be worth watching, if not only to get some idea of the extraordinary Spinnerei regeneration from Europe's largest working cotton mill to an amazing arts complex.November 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm #11187
Well, if you blinked, as they say…Still, Robert would have no doubt appreciated the irony of being on the same program as Wagner on the 75th anniversary, to the day, of Kristallnacht!
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