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Dear art and music lovers,
A small premiere took place on Saturday in our Musikstudio: a vernissage without guests, but with a whole range of technology. Interviews and a small piano concert were recorded with no less than 4 cameras. In addition, there are 360° panoramic shots, which should enable you to take a digital tour of our premises in the near future!
The musical part was performed by Yizhuo Meng, who performed a wonderful interpretation of the 1st movement of the moonlight sonata and Beethoven’s work “Les Adieux”. The full length concert can be found here:
The two artists Milena Kunz-Bijno and Michael Tauchert, both from Bonn, were available for an interview. Michael Tauchert is represented for the first time in the Musikstudio and for the Beethoven year, the sculptor made 9 unique wooden sculptures of the great composer based on the 9th symphony. The partly colorful figures are particularly eye-catching due to their mixture of grandeur and wit. For example, the artist used a fork in the branch to give the composer a huge auditory tube. The interview with Mr. Tauchert can be found here (in German):
Milena Kunz-Bijno has already exhibited in the Musikstudio 9 years ago and now we are very happy that she is exhibiting again and will be represented by our gallery from now on! Her pictures, collages and sculptures radiate a meditative calm in mostly monochrome color compositions. Music has always been a popular motif for her, which she incorporates into her works, for example, through cleverly integrated sheet music. For her, the immaterial nature of music makes it one of the most highly developed media in art. Spirituality also plays an extremely important role for the very well-read and experienced artist. You can find motifs of different religions in her works, which for her, like music, express one thing: as different as we may be, there are general truths that affect everyone, such as the need for love, security and aesthetics. Here you can watch the interview with the artist (in German):
Otto von Kotzebue has been with our gallery since 2012. He became known to us with his atmospheric oil paintings and watercolors from far and near countries. The Munich artist took a different path for this exhibition and this time created a collection of collages, combined with watercolor painting and ink drawings, from Bonn’s landmarks. However, the message of his pictures remains the same: the focus is not on the lifelike illustration, but on the feeling that the artist connects with the place.
Maria Dierker had her first vernissage on our premises in 2017. Her mostly black and white paintings and ink drawings represent nature in various forms, whereby her technique is based on Far Eastern calligraphy. The focus of her work is on the subject of “becoming-being-passing away”: she shows nature in its beauty, vulnerability and in its elemental force. At the same time, she warns us to treat nature with respect, because one thing is certain: if you disregard the signs of the time, you will have to expect a catastrophe one day.
For Maria Dierker, nature and music are closely related. Among other things, Beethoven saw the same thing, saying, “It is as if every tree in the country spoke to me: Holy, holy! Every tree speaks through you, oh God. Sweet silence of the forest.”
For this exhibition, she provided two terry towers, so-called “Tree Scores“, and two paintings from the work cycle “The Tree“. What is special about the tree scores is that they were created in an area where Beethoven is said to have often walked. The works are created by the artist trapping the bark of a tree on Chinese rice paper and then further processing the picture. What arises is actually confusingly similar to a score.
Antonio Máro has been represented by us since 2013. In fact, this name is a pseudonym because the two artists Apolo and Rafael Ramirez, father and son, are responsible for the works. Unfortunately we are currently unable to exhibit the works that they have provided for this vernissage, as the two artists live in Belgium and the borders are currently closed. Based on the illustrations of the works, however, we can be excited: fitting to the moonlight sonata by Beethoven, we will exhibit two paintings that depict the moon, which is a well-known motif to Antonio Máro. Another abstract painting refers to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Alejandro DeCinti, who is exhibiting at our gallery for the third time since 2015, presents his work of Prometheus for the exhibition, a topic that, as is well known, was also set to music by Beethoven. The painter, originally from Chile, has lives and works in Madrid, Spain since 2002. In this, as in his other works, DeCinti reflects the universal culture and spirituality that is contained in the American and Chilean identity and combines it with classic motifs. This picture will also be shown in this exhibition at a later date.
The interview with the artist is included in the interview with Antonio Máro.
Rafael Ramirez Máro, whose real name is Peter Ramirez, also came up with something special for this exhibition. He painted two portraits of Beethoven using the living and death masks in the Beethoven House. Such a realistic representation has certainly not existed for a long time.
“(…) Ramírez´ painting lives from deep sensations and their artistic representation. His works reveal the astonishment at the limitless possibilities of art to overcome times and spaces and to penetrate to depths that remain hidden from the superficial view The viewer is taken aback by the suggestive power of color and form, and is concerned with the possibility of re-feeling, the absorption of feelings across spaces and times. The painter directs the gaze to the detail, to the inconspicuous gestures that are expressed in a drama as well as in a musical composition or in the dance step of a flamenco dancer, which the artist captures with a knowledgeable look. He stages key scenes that seem to reveal the meaning of existence (…)”
Dr. Helmut Orpel
The interview with the artist is included in the interview with Antonio Máro.
It is not yet clear whether the vernissage can take place with visitors. Nevertheless, it will take place in any case. Mr. Goetze from the TV-Künstlerkanal, who has already reported several times about the exhibitions in the Musikstudio, will film this vernissage and we will then publish it on the Internet. So you can participate in any case, even if you then unfortunately have to do without the nice atmosphere and the delicious cake.
Due to this uncertain situation we unfortunately had to cancel the concert of the trio “La Réjouissance”. Instead, Yizhuo Meng, who also gives lessons in the Musikstudio (currently, like all of us, of course via video chat) will record Beethoven’s “Les Adieux” for the film by Mr. Goetze.
We will of course keep you up to date on our website and very much hope that concerts can take place again soon and that we can welcome you again!
Dear friends of music and art,
For the 250th birthday of Beethoven, the Musikstudio has of course also planned something special! We therefore asked 7 artists for their contributions to a collective exhibition on the subject of Beethoven. Among them are Otto von Kotzebue, Máro, Maria Dierker, Milena Kunz-Bijno, Michael Tauchert, Rafael Ramirez-Máro and Alejandro DeCinti, who all worked on new pieces in honor of Beethoven.
Whether you are a fan of classical painting or more experimental art – you will definitely find something beautiful here that you might even want to take home with you! Many of the artists will also be present at the opening so that you can get a personal impression of their artistic approach.
This time, the musical part of this opening will be performed by the trio for early music “La Réjouissance”, which was formed in 2018 from students from the Cologne University of Music and Dance. The name is dedicated to the French folk dance of the 18th century and it can also be translated as “joy”. They will play works from the Baroque period, which, as it seems, wasn’t too far from Beethoven as one might think. La Réjouissance write:
On the way to Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven is undisputedly one of the best-known composers. Both now and in life. However, it is less well known that he can still be seen composing for harpsichord at a young age. Beethoven’s teacher, Christan Gottlob Neefe, introduced him to baroque music, especially Johann Sebastian Bach, early on, which is why Beethoven also called Bach the “forefather of harmony”.
Through these influences, he also composed “contemporary” music for fortepiano or hammer piano, but even at the age of 25 he composed a work for mandolin and harpsichord. Notable is the influence of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Sebastan Bach’s son, who is now in the shadow of his father, but was more famous and successful at the time. Those composers such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven describe that they studied it carefully and learned a lot
were able to, especially regarding works for keyboard instruments. Especially in Beethoven’s late years, he wrote polyphonic compositions like Missa Solemnis, which shows that he was definitely influenced by baroque composers. We are trying to work out this influence.
With such a beautiful celebration, the joy is definitely guaranteed and I am looking forward to welcoming you back to the Musikstudio!
with the Trio “La Réjouissance”: Mariya Miliutsina (baroque flute),
Amarilis Dueñas (Viola da Gamba and baroque cello) and
Lars Hobein (harpsichord)
The artists will be present!
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Triosonata c Minor for flute, gamba and basso continuo TWV 42:c6
Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787)
Trio in B flat major for flute, viola da amba and basso contnuo WKO 110d
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Sonata e Minor for flute and basso continuo WQ 124
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732 – 1795)
Sonata in D major for flute, violoncello and harpsichord concertato
– Allgero con spirito
– Rondo Scherzo
The admission is free!
We kindly ask for a donation for the musicians.
The ensemble was formed in June 2018 from students at the Cologne University of Music and Dance and named itself after the French folk dance of the 18th century “Réjouissance”, which also occasionally occurs as part of a suite, and can be translated as “joy”. The main line-up consists of baroque flute, viola da gamba / baroque violoncello and harpsichord. Nevertheless, they like to try other casts. Since July 2019, the trio of La Réjouissance has received a scholarship from the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation.
Mariya Miliutsina, baroque flute:
Born in Vitebsk (Belarus) in 1992, she began her musical education with the flute in a school with a special focus on playing music at a young age. Just one year later she was on stage as a soloist with the chamber orchestra of the Belarus State Philharmonic. Many different concerts, competitions and master classes followed in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Germany.
In 2011 she began studying at the State Music Academy in Minsk, where she also worked as a chamber and orchestral musician. To expand her education, she began studying at the Cologne University of Music and Dance in baroque flute with Jennifer Seubel and in transverse flute with Prof. Manfredo Zimmerman, and since October 2018 with Prof. Leonard Schelb. In 2013 she participated in the summer academy “Dresden – Music at the Court of August the Strong” and in 2018 in the summer academy in Wuppertal as a flute player.
Amarilis Dueñas, viola da gamba and baroque violoncello:
Born in Spain in 1998, she started playing the cello at the age of 5 and has been studying with Maria Kliegel (cello) since 2016 and with Rainer Zipperling (viola da gamba and baroque violoncello) at the Cologne University of Music and Dance since 2018. Her training also includes master classes with Jordi Savall, Paolo Pandolfo, Bruno Cocset and Natalia Gutman.
She has also received awards at international competitions – Pau Casals International Award or Oncurso de Música Antigua Conde Oeiras and others. – and played concerts all over Europe (for example the performance of Buxtehude’s “Membra Jesu Nostri” at the “Trondheims St. Olavs” Festpielem 2018). In 2014 she made her debut as a soloist with orchestra. She regularly performs with all three instruments.
Lars Hobein, harpsichord:
Born in Hagen, 1995, Lars Hobein started taking piano lessons at the age of 7. In 2004 he won second prize at the “Concours Musical de France” and the following year the first prize. At the age of 14 he took his C certificate in the Westphalian church district under KMD Manfred Kamp and has since been cantor of a parish in Hagen.
After graduating from high school, he began studying harpsichord and general bass in Cologne with Prof. Michael Borgstede. He likes to devote himself to ensemble play and endeavors to always play and accompany “historically informed”. In 2018 he performed the Brandenburg concerts with the Hagen Chamber Orchestra and played on the Festiwal Muzyki Klasycznej w Solcu nad Wisla.
I’m looking forward to your visit!
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Current exhibition: In honor of Beethoven – A collective exhibition
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