Dear friends of art and music,
On September 8, 2018, the vernissage of the artist Stephanie Binding took place, which presented her exhibition “Of cities and people”. On display are numerous bronze sculptures, which are usually people in everyday situations, such as a walker with his dogs or people sitting on a park bench. Furthermore, there are some sculptures that give the viewer a very special perspective impression, such as the view through a nave. Inspired by Caspar David Friedrich, man finds himself as a tiny figure in it, which emphasizes the suggested size of the building. A really remarkable artistic achievement!
Also on display are etchings and paintings by the artist, which also emphasize the urban landscape. The nature of the motif grants the artist time and again the play with the perspective between the house facades. In the city – a concentrated form of human habitat – the viewer encounters people who chat with each other on park benches, as well as dark corners that one would rather not enter alone at night.
The artist paints or draws not simply from photos. Instead she works a lot with sketches that she makes in everyday life of certain places and people. Otherwise shes sketches from memory and thus uses her personal impression of certain places as a motif for her works. Thus, the viewer finds himself in landscapes, which provide an introspective insight into the idea of Stephanie Binding through the specific composition of individual motifs, which, however, are put into contrast to the motif through the realistic representation, given by the nature of the medium of etching. The painting, in which she uses both acrylic and oil paints, grants the artist completely different freedoms, allowing the impressionistic elements of her work to come to the fore.
Another highlight of the vernissage was the concert of Sophia Aretz (transverse flute) and Jakob Wagner (guitar), who are both studying at the conservatory in Düsseldorf and who already made a name for themselves with their beautiful concerts. Among others, there were pieces by Astor Piazzolla, Jacques Ibert, but also Franz Schubert. If you find the combination of flute and guitar strange, then listening to this duo will teach you an entirely new perspective! The emotional interplay of the two musicians, both of whom know how to combine the uniqueness of their instruments into a whole, left the audience in reverent silence, only interrupted by the applause between the pieces. The timbre of the flute, paired with sometimes insanely fast passages alternated with the impressive sounds of the guitar, which produced a true sound carpet through the great technical and musical skill of the musician.
Added to this were the highly interesting stories that the musicians told about the composers and their works, giving the listener a good mix between ecstatic sounds and informative content.
It will certainly be exciting to follow the further path of those two young musicians and I would recommend anyone to listen to this duo once!
Dear friends of music and art,
I would like to invite you to the new exhibition “Of cities and people – sculptures, paintings and etchings” by Stephanie Binding.
As the title suggests, Stephanie Binding is dedicated to the urban landscape and with her paintings, drawings and bronze figures, which give an introspective insight into the face of a living space dominated by monumental architectural structures. But not everything is dark: Light and darkness, isolation and loud laughter go from street corner to street corner and thus the viewer is confronted with a realistic, if impressive, portrayal of the urban living space.
Born in Aachen in 1978, the artist first studied architecture until she decided in 2000 to devote herself fully to art by studying sculpture at the HfK Bremen under Prof. Altenstein. Among other things, she received an Erasmus scholarship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and participated in the master class for graphics and printing techniques under Prof. Damisch, before she graduated in 2007 with a degree at the HfK Bremen. In addition, she became a master student of Prof. Altenstein and since 2008 she is an Artistic Assistant at the Department of Visual Design at RWTH Aachen University. Since 2015 she works in her studio in Kettenis, Belgium.
Since 2006 Stephanie Binding has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, ia. in Aachen, Karlsruhe, Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Maastricht and Salzburg. Some works can also be visited in public spaces. She designed a group of figures for the Morgenstern Museum in Bremerhaven, a Tondo Odyssey quay in Vegesack and 2 facade figures for the City Hall of Cologne.
As always, this exhibition opening will begin with a classical concert. Sophia Aretz and Jakob Wagner play works by Franz Schubert, Astor Piazzolla, Maura Giuliani, Máximo Diego Pujol, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mike Mower and Jacques Ibert on the flute and the guitar. A musical experience that you should not miss!
with Sophia Aretz on the flute and Jakob Wagner on the guitar. Admission free – donation requested!
Further information can be found below.
Afterwards tour with the artist through the exhibition
born in 1978 in Aachen
Máximo Diego Pujol (*1957)
Suite Buenos Aires
Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
Duo concertant, op. 25
– Andantino moderato
– Thème avec variations
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Sonate für Arpeggione, D. 821
– Allegro moderato
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
Histoire du Tango
– Café 1930
– Nightclub 1960
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 – 1968)
– Tempo di Siciliana
Mike Mower (*1958)
Suite for Flute and Guitar
Jacques Ibert (1890 – 1962)
Sophia Aretz, born 1996 in Mönchengladbach, studied flute with Prof. André Sebald. In the field of flute, piano and harpsichord, she has received numerous scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Lyra Foundation, as well as annual scholarships from the Bürgerstiftung Düsseldorf as part of the Deutschlandstipendium. In addition to special prizes awarded by the Gretel-Sütterlin Foundation, the Jugend & Schlösser Foundation and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, she received the first prize five times at the national competition “Jugend musiziert”. On an international level, she received 2nd prize at the flute festival at Adams in the Netherlands and a 1st prize at the flute festival ensemble competition in Freiburg with a flute ensemble. In addition to a scholarship and multiple special prizes, in 2015 the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben organized and financed a concert tour to Luxembourg with its wind quintet “Molto Vento”. Currently, she is again the recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium 2017/18. Since 2017 she is a member of the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie, which ia. debuted in the Elbphilharmonie.
Jakob Wagner, born in 1994 in Starnberg, received his first guitar lessons from Peter Jermer at the Municipal Music School Starnberg. He received in-depth teaching in 2011 at the International Guitar Academy Koblenz. In 2013 he began studying at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg under Takeo Sato, before being admitted to the class of Prof. Alexander Sergei-Ramirez at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf in 2014. He completes his training through regular masterclasses with Marco Tamayo, Ricardo Gallen, Paco Pena, Aniello Desiderio, Roland Dyens, Carlo Marchione, Franz Halasz, Judicael Perroy, Matteo Mela, Bill Kanengiser. Jakob Wagner is Youth Musician Federal Prize winner and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship holder. In 2016 he received the PROMOS scholarship for the International Guitar Festival in Havana, Cuba. He was also the recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium 2016/17. Since winter semester 2016, Jakob Wagner has been studying English, American and German studies at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. For the season 2016/17 he received an engagement at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. In 2017 he won 3rd prize at the international Hannabach Guitar Competition in Augsburg. In the winter term 2017/18 he studied an Erasmus semester with Prof. Gérard Abiton in Paris.
I am looking forward to your coming!
Note on parking!
There are more parking places available in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, approximately 10 minutes by foot.